Beyond The Black – energetic, straight forward, uncompromising, symphonic metal.
Where others still lose themselves in colorful descriptions, this band has already set its next course and is heading with full force right into the “Heart Of The Hurricane”. The title of the third album is metaphorically where Beyond The Black feel they are – and 2018 is going to be the year in which this charismatic outfit based around Jennifer Haben explores what they describe as ‘the stylistic limitations of extremes: where on the one hand the screws of hardness are tightened again by several turns; and on the other hand a previously unprecedented catchiness dominates the pieces’.
Beyond The Black continue with their unerring sense of gripping melodies, mixed up with pulverizing blast beats, rousing neck breaker riffs, epic keyboard passages, and elaborately arranged strings and choral settings. From the atmospheric gloomy heaviness (“Through The Mirror”, “My God Is Dead”), the band spans the stylistic arc of their distinctive Metal-meets-Medieval sound (“Scream For Me”, “Song For The Godless”) to the bittersweet acoustic ballad “Breeze”. Together, the huge mix of elf-like vocals and deep-set growls create a bombastic widescreen production – from the heart into the fingers or “from the heart into the vocal chords”, as singer Jennifer says.
After the great success of the first four Forteba albums “Space Between Us“, “For Some Time Past“, “Stereoform” and “Fabula” on Plastic City, critics and fans of the clear sound and intent were the Krisztián Dobrocsi aka Forteba pursued, enthusiastic.
Now that more than three years have passed, it’s time to add another “Forteba” chapter to Plastic City to this success story.
With his 5th album “Arboretum” “Forteba now suggests new sounds and brings his talent to merge depth and warmth with contemporary club sounds skillfully Forteba overwhelmed the listener in no way with unnecessary showmanship and confined to the productions on the All in all Forteba succeeds with his fifth work “Arboretum” again a quantum leap in the direction of current club sound and convinces with a new sound and current freshness.
The Lushlife Project – Budepest Eskimos (New Line Edition) (Mole Listening Pearls)
Dubphone – Fiul Risipitor EP (Serialism)
Alex Dolby – 5 Years Affekt Recordings
The Berlin-based duo NAOMI is back with its sixth album Swim. The creative pause has generated space for fresh ideas and the record sounds calmer, more reduced and more optimistic while maintaining a melancholy note. Electro, alternative pop – Nico Tobias and Bernd Lechler don’t care much for genre definitions. Their focus is on great melodies, from the casual and mysterious opener Almost Talking via the almost sacral Melt The Key, the vocoder road movie Life Or Death or the nicely cheerful Get Up, Get Out Into The Rain to the final synthesizer riffs of the title track. You can excellently let yourself sink into these eleven songs, or, as required, laugh, cry, dance and spill beer, or just waste the day.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote about Naomi’s last album The Big Shapes (2010) that the band, “in a fair world, would have to scramble with Lady Gaga for the top positions in the summer charts”; and also Rolling Stone and FAZ are already convinced. With its elegant and mature sound, Swim is a true enrichment for Germany’s pop landscape.
Acclaimed Russian producer, DJ and live musician Kito Jempere is back with a stunning second album, this time on Italian label Hell Yeah. Entitled Sea Monster, the seven track album is a fantastic fusion of live instrumentation and electronic production.
As a part of the KneDeep family he played at all the major international events and festivals by now and with studio time in between, Dejan‘s been spending every weekend on the road hitting clubs all around the Europe. In his successful career he played all the major events by now, from festivals like EXIT festival (SRB), Kazantip (Ue), Dance Valley (NL), Monegros (ESP), Awakenings (NL), Sonus festival (CRO), MayDay (HU), Tommorowland (Bel), ADE (NL), Sonar festival (ESP) to clubs Tresor (GER), Raw 14 (ESP), Fabrik Madrid (ESP), Industrial Copera (ESP), Circuito (Brasil), Ambasada Gavioli (SLO), Hristo Botev (BG), Kristal Mamaia (RO), The Egg London (UK). When it comes to Dejan’s production work, his music got released on many labels such as: Plastic City, Suara, Liebe Detail, Night Light, Abyss, Factomania, Naked Lunch.
His music style is a mix of house and techno with a flavor of a long and experienced career.
The new album “Summation” is now out on the famous German label Plastic City and already got amazing feedback from fellow producers & DJs. The Album is available on all major online music stores.
Time will tell. True words reflecting the artistic and mainly personal metamorphosis Klaudia Gawlas has gone through in recent years. The result is her second album Vision in which she approaches a place she calls home in a musical context. The energetic but at the same time deeper and more sophisticated sound of Vision is proof the she has taken a big step towards reaching the artistic level her true inner self has been striving for. As so often in life, a strong vision leads to a very pure form of motivation, which finally turns wishful thinking into action. Vision is a straight statement and commitment to the roots of techno. Something that matches pretty well what Klaudia Gawlas is known to stand for.
Alter Bridge is a band known for blurring the line between hard rock and heavy metal. As assets in both musical genres, the band returns with their fifth studio album, The Last Hero. The album marks a creative highpoint for the quartet, exploring styles and musical influences from throughout the band’s history. From the first notes of opener ‘Show Me A Leader’ to the final notes of the title track ‘The Last Hero,’ it’s clear Alter Bridge are back with their most complete musical work to date.
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