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CD round-up: Music I grabbed at Leyendas del Rock this summer!

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I’ve been meaning to do a short piece about this for ages, but time seemed to slip away, and the Leyendas festival is all but a distant memory. However, the three albums I bought while wandering the stalls on the perimeter are still all getting plenty of play here at Moore Music towers. I wanted to share them with you. Firstly, we have a lovingly packaged Sentenced album, in a nicely illustrated cardboard slipcase, containing not one but two of their albums on one CD. Hailing from Finland, theirs is a tale that ultimately ended in a tragedy. They began as a melodic death metal outfit, morphing more into heavy metal later on.  The band hold some interest for me for many reasons, one of which is the fact that I spent a month in their hometown of Oulu many years ago, while touring with a band up around the Arctic circle. The main album on here, ‘Amok’, recorded in ’95, is widely considered to be their breakthrough album, and it is paired here with ‘Love & Death’, which features songs recorded around the same time as Amok, and a curious cover of Billy Idol’s White Wedding’. Probably because the songs were all recorded around the same time, the two albums go well together here, and the band’s musicality is well to the fore – it’s a great listen.

The band finally split in 2005 and a mere four years later, Guitarist and founding member Miika Tenkula died, on February 19, 2009. He apparently had succumbed to a genetic heart condition. As a footnote, some months after Miika’s death, Sentenced released a box set of 16 CDs and 2 DVDs chronicling their entire career in a coffin-shaped box. The box-set also included rare and previously unreleased tracks.

Mystic Prophecy (Deu) - Savage Souls

Next on the list was Savage Souls from German band Mystic Prophecy. This version came as a ‘book’ CD – the album being in the front, and a bonus DVD in the back, featuring a live appearance at The Matrix in Bochum. The DVD’s a nice bonus, but it’s the studio album that really shines. formed in Bad Gronenbach in 2000, this release dates from 2006. they seem to have a lot of personnel changes, but the vocals and guitar work on this album are great. They’re like a cross between U.S. and European power metal. A nice surprise, this.

ACCEPT

Finally, I had to invest in Accept’s latest release ‘Stalingrad’ after they delivered a blistering set at Leyendas. I really like Marc Tornillo’s vocals , shades of Brian Johnson- and a great fit for the band. Produced by Andy Sneap, Stalingrad is an album that shows a band still at the top of their game. There’s so many standout tracks on here. Not only that, i picked up the special edition, which includes a live DVD featuring performances from Bang your Head and Monsters of rock festivals in 2011 and 2010 respectively , and the music videos for ‘Teutonic Terror’ (one of my favourite Accept tracks) and the (dare I say, infectious?) ‘Pandemic’.

So, three beauties, and a great festival to boot!

Kev Moore

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November 14, 2013 - Posted by | Metal, Music, Recording, Rock, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. Cool stuff. Never heard Sentenced but heard of them. What are the vocals like? Pretty intrigued to check them out and that coffin box set sounds glorious! I’m going to have to get that edition of Stalingrad too before it disappears, keep hearing great things about it.

    Comment by Heavy Metal Overload | November 14, 2013

  2. The vocal is quite gruff and low register, not something I would normally go for, but the overall vibe of the band is great – good riffage and some nice melodies. And yes- get Stalingrad! you won’t be disappointed!

    Comment by kevmoore | November 14, 2013

  3. Yeah I think it’s about time I just gave in to the lure of Accept. I think I might pick up both the newer albums next month.

    Comment by Heavy Metal Overload | November 14, 2013

  4. Yeah, I still don’t have ‘Blood of Nations’ …..but Santa might be kind!

    Comment by kevmoore | November 14, 2013

  5. Hope you’ve been good!

    Comment by Heavy Metal Overload | November 14, 2013

  6. Ah…perhaps I got the letters in the wrong order…

    SATAN might be kind! ;-)

    Comment by kevmoore | November 14, 2013

  7. Nice save! You were about to lose all your hard-earned Rock credibility for a minute there…

    Comment by Heavy Metal Overload | November 15, 2013

  8. Stalingrad is so, so good.

    Comment by kingcrimsonprog | December 23, 2013


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