AHAB have unveiled details behind their upcoming album The Boats Of Flen Carrig, out August 28, 2015 via Napalm Records. The cover artwork was created by Sebastian Jerke, who was also responsible for the latest album artwork from the likes of Zodiac, The Answer and My Sleeping Karma.
The Boats Of Flen Carrig Track Listing: 01: The Isle 02: The Thing That Made Search 03: Like Read Foam (The Storm) 04: The Weedmen 05: To Mourn Job 06: The Light in the Weed (Mary Madison) (Bonus Track)
Jun 03: Out & Loud Festival – Geiselwind (DE) Jun 19: Hellfest – Clisson (FR) Jul 04: The Boston Music Rooms – High Wycombe (UK) Jul 25: Ragnarock Festival – Langendorf (DE) Dec 12: Eindhoven Metal Meeting – Eindhoven (NL)
They will join the complete list of confirmed acts: Alkbottle Amorphis (special “Tales from the Thousand Lakes” Show) Anaal Nathrakh Ancient Bards Angra Annihilator The Answer Armored Saint Asrock At the Gates Avatar Baltic Sea Child Bembers Biohazard Black Label Society Black Spiders Bloodbath Blood Red Throne The BossHoss Butcher Babies Cannibal Corpse Combichrist Cradle of Filth Crossplane Cryptopsy Danko Jones Dark Tranquillity Deadiron Death Angel Ensiferum Epica Exumer Falconer The Gentle Storm Godsized Grailknights Ill Niño In Extremo In Flames Judas Priest Kärbholz Kataklysm Khold Kommando Kvelertak Lord of the Lost M.O.D. Mantar Morgoth Mushroomhead My Dying Bride New Model Army Noctiferia Nuclear Assault Obituary Opeth Powerwolf Queensrÿche The Quireboys Rob Zombie Rock Meets Classic Running Wild Sabaton Samael Savatage Sepultura Shining Skiltron Skindred Stoneman Stratovarius Subway to Sally Tears for Beers Thyrfing Trans-Siberian Orchestra Truckfighters U.D.O. & Bundeswehr Musikkorps Waltari Within Temptation Zodiac
With the profusion of proto-metal, stoner, psychedelic rock acts about the question is, do we really need another one? Zodiac, Blue Pills, Scorpion Child and a host of others are now joined by Stubb and their second full-length release Cry of the Ocean(Ripple). Everything fuzzed up, riffs repeated ad infinitum and laid back languid vocals it would seem that Stubb have all the ingredients to fit into the psych, blues locker and roll out success.
But there is a problem; at times it seems that all the ingredients are part of a formula. It is only by the time track four, ‘Sail Forever’ kicks in that the sense of individualism comes through, as Jack Dickinson’s vocals rise above his intricate guitar work. The ability to put together such involved work is on display on ‘Heartbreaker’, but Dickinson’s vocal performance this time is reminiscent of an off-key punk doing a ballad during the verses, however, when it kicks in it turns into a good track which displays the potential of the band. Stand-out track ‘Devil’s Brew’ has a sense of purpose to the blues tinged classic rock feel as Christopher West (drums) and Peter Holland (bass) drive the track along, though
Throughout this release there is no doubt of the potential in Stubb; but someone needs to sit them down, take that potential (and musical ability) and slap it into shape. At times they stray into early Pink Floyd, Iron Butterfly and Cream territory so much so that it might be best to take any albums they have of those acts away from them until they can work on their own sound, and Dickinson’s vocals range from bluesy to sounding like Roger Waters giving a lecture on life’s lessons.
Despite these criticisms, what Stubb have produced is a solid album within their chosen genre, with the final two tracks –‘Snake Eyes’ and ‘You’ll Never Know’ – showcasing what they can do when they focus. The space the seven-minutes plus of each track allows is enough to doff a cap at what Stubb might become. Overall, this not a bad release, but has too many flaws to make it an essential part of collections of fans of this type of rock.
German based hard rock and blues band Zodiac are fairly new to the music game but are already getting some recognition for recalling classic sounds. Sonic Child (Prosthetic) is their third album and where they really start to find their footing.
The intro ‘Who I Am’ is interesting in that it encompasses all the different sounds and feelings the listener recognizes in the rest of the album. It falls nicely in between spacy and bluesy.
Although the songs in the beginning of the album are good, the group finds its real groove in the later half. ‘A Penny and a Dead Horse’ is more country, not only in lyrics, but also instrumentation. It eventually becomes more rock oriented. One can hear the Pink Floyd influence. “Good Times” is reminiscent of Led Zeppelin’s early work, especially in the lyrics. Vocalist and guitarist Nick van Delft evens sings “Good times, bad times.” Another blues trademark appears in ‘Just Music’ is where the obligatory “sold my soul” claim is made. Finally, ‘Rock Bottom Blues’ is exactly what the title suggests: a heartfelt blues song with hints of Pink Floyd’s Darkside of the Moon.
Sonic Child is a great album for those looking for a newer blues influenced act to listen to. Zodiac are at an advantage in that they will attract both the hard rock and the blues audiences.