U2 - The ultimate live band
The true greatness of U2 proves itself in its live capabilities. Like no other band in the world, the Irish have been able to stage themselves anew again and again over the past four decades, and have captivated even the most critical of audiences. While their studio albums are subject to strong qualitative fluctuations, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. are still a power on stage today. eclipsed shows why and garnished the whole thing with concert memories of its authors.
QUEENSRŸCHE - Again in the comfort zone
There is only one Queensrÿche! And in this the former ruler Geoff Tate has absolutely nothing more to say, but Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton. You can hear that live when they even have their first anthem "Queen Of The Reich" on their setlist again, but above all you can feel it with every note on their new album "Condition Hüman".
GEOFF TATE'S OPERATION: MINDCRIME - The Concept Artist
Operation: Mindcrime is no longer just the title of the Queensrÿche album that outshines everything - after the out-of-court settlement with his old comrades Geoff Tate's new band project listens to this name. And Queensrÿches former concept album supplier thinks, as always, in larger dimensions, and so he gets off to a brilliant start with "The Key". This is just the beginning of a trilogy.
IRON MAIDEN - Full power
40 years and not a bit tired: With "The Book Of Souls" the metal pioneers Iron Maiden present the 16th studio album of their career. It is her most ambitious: an opulent double album with up to eighteen-minute progressive pearls and many more surprises. According to singer Bruce Dickinson the record is the expression of experience, maturity and concentrated fun.
SPOCK'S BEARD -
Twenty years after the release of their debut album "The Light", the US-American sunshine proggers Spock's Beard are still in good business. In the meantime the band has finally coped with and compensated for the departure of frontman Neal Morse and his successor Nick D'Virgilio - which is especially evident on the current studio album "The Oblivion Particle".
RIVERSIDE - Back from the midlife crisis
With their sixth album "Love, Fear And The Time Machine" Riverside underline their exceptional position in today's prog landscape. The Polish quartet now adds pop elements of the eighties to their unique melancholic style and thus appears equally exciting, mysterious and familiar.
SEVEN STEPS TO THE GREEN DOOR - Fetishists in their own right
Seven Steps To The Green Door show on their fourth studio album "Fetish" that they are among the most reliable German suppliers in terms of sophisticated prog food. Thanks to the addition of Flaming Row's Martin Schnella, the band has been able to continue its much acclaimed predecessor "The ? Book" again made a qualitative leap forward.
ROBERT CRAY - The persuader
If that's no reason to celebrate for Robert Cray, one of the most important blues rockers of the present day: On "4 Nights Of 40 Years Live" the guitar grandmaster shines with all the skills he has acquired in over 40 years on stage. And proves so impressively that he no longer stands in the shadow of his sponsors and friends Albert Collins and Eric Clapton.
THE DOORS - The unloved double
Jim Morrison was dead, the Doors not yet. The three musicians released the records "Other Voices" and "Full Circle" in the early seventies without their eccentric frontman. Since then, fans and especially critics have considered them to be negligible. Now they experience the late rehabilitation in the form of their first official release on CD.
GRAVEYARD - Three-Crown Rock of the Heavy Regents
Sweden is regarded as the place in Europe where the Heavy Rock of the Sixties and Seventies is presented most competently and authentically today. Innumerable groups in this area claim the sceptre in Three-Crown Land. At the latest after Graveyard have now presented the album "Innocence & Decadence", the competition will have to step back into the second rank.
"ROCK'N'ROLL-KRIEG" VIETNAM - This is the End
40 years ago the Vietnam War, also known as the "Rock'n'Roll War" ended. He influenced countless bands, and their music influenced the warriors. The protests against the war led to the golden era of rock music and Woodstock. While this still has an effect in the West today, it looks quite different in the former war country Vietnam. eclipsed reports from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
Dealing with the Past - While BLACKMORE'S NIGHT are releasing a new album, Ritchie's fans are waiting for his return to hard rock
. When married couples form a band together, it often seems strange to outsiders. And you're instinctively suspicious of saying, "It's only good!" This is Ritchie Blackmore's brief assessment of "musical family businesses", while Candice Night says in more detail: "So we can always be together, and if Ritchie has an idea, he can come to me and try it out with me right away"