Archive for August 15, 2016

The Final Dance

Posted in Uncategorized on August 15, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

Inspiration for life has been found again, which have left me being extremely productive. With the help of Pinky McSpin and “Lupus Dei” album by Powerwolf, I’ve found myself practically finalizing the packing for Sabaton Open Air – which is very, VERY unlike me. I’m usually doing it one hour after I’m supposed to have left. The only thing I need to sort out is what to wear on the day of Friday, but aside that – all is done. Bless my tradition of always wearing military pants and a Sabaton shirt for all the Sabaton shows. Bless that I’ve found a “nightwear” that I wear when it gets cold, and that I stick to it. Makes packing easier, and less decisions need to be made.

Little sunshine ray in everything is the arrival of “The Metal Mass”! Powerwolf’s DVD. I had to wait a little until after my birthday to order it, but it’s finally, finally here! I can’t wait to get into it, really. I’m usually not very big on DVD’s, but I guess it all becomes different when you really, really enjoy the show of said band.

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Aside that, I’ve also done something I should have done long ago – finally picked up a white board. I laid in bed last night trying to organize my thoughts on what albums to come next and to remember to book tours and also thinking about how could I get something economic that I can keep notes on for tourdates and albums, without having to waste a lot – AHA, a whiteboard! Been spending a little time filling it out with upcoming releases that I can’t forget about as well as upcoming shows. It’s not that I don’t remember I’m going to a concert, it’s more of sorting our priorities – as well with the albums. To remember that Delain has to be written about before Serious Black, and vice versa, depending on when I get the albums of course. I’m really happy with it, finally!

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So, hopefully, my head can finally get a bit of rest. Speaking of rest, I’m now going to shut down, wind down with some lazy packing for Sabaton and watch a movie or something before getting ready for tomorrow.

// Sara

REVIEW: Kissin’ Dynamite – Generation Goodbye

Posted in CDs, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 15, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

It’s been two years since the success of “Megalomania” and a lot has changed since – the most noteworthy being the break with their management. Since then the band has dealt with everything themselves – promotion as well as organizing, and now lastly, producing their album completely on their own, letting them control everything and get exactly the sound they want. “Generation Goodbye” is a eleven songs long album that, according to guitarist Ande, “represents a feeling of longing, break up and a new start”. With this information in hand, it’s safe to say that the album is probable the most honest and genuine album they have produced so far.

I have two things to say about this album: Musically, it’s a roller coaster ride from start to finish. It starts off initiating, the music almost preparing you for dystopia with bombastic choruses telling you “Here we are, here we stand”, giving you this doomsday feeling, before being sped up and taking off with “Hashtag Your Life”, then slowing down in the powerballad “If Clocks Were Running Backwards” before going up the rails again only to unleash in “She Came, She Saw”, only to be slowed down again for “Masterpiece”, taking off and then dying out in the serene, but bombastic “Utopia”, draining you on the little mental energy you have left.

Lyrically, however, it’s a clear battlefield. The lyrics goes from, practically criticizing society in songs like “Generation Goodbye” and “Hashtag Your Life” to heartbreaking songs about lost love in “If Clocks Were Running Backwards”. There are songs about being a warrior in your own private battlefield – your life – in songs like “Somebody to Hate”, as well as a few partyhymns.

My personal favorite song on this album is “She came, She saw”. A seductive piece of music who sends you into the deepest corner of the filthiest stripclub you can find, being conquered of the feeling of wanting something you can’t have. The music is stirring up emotions in you, leading you in on this seductive path leaving you drained in the climax of the chorus.

It’s a pretty solid album – but it’s not necessarily better, nor worse, than the previous one. Aside some heavier lyric material, it’s not a lot of surprises. While most of the songs are very good – and they are really good – it sadly leaves the “bad” songs a bit more mediocre, leaving the album a little bit scattered for my opinion. And I’m not sure how I feel about them repeating the same trick in almost every song -It’s leaving it a little bit predictable, you know?

Overall, it’s a good album. It’s a very enjoyable album, the different songs keeping it interested while listening to it in a whole go. And like I said – the good songs are really, REALLY good, which make it worth it! I’d recommend it, most certainly if you are into 80’s kind of rock.

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(Label: AFM Records)

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// Sara