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Albums of the Year List by: Amplifier

Albums of the Year List by: Amplifier

von am 24. Dezember 2013 in Adventskalender 2013, Featured

Two years after the very elaborate triumph march 'The Octopus', Sel Balamir and Amplifier followed up with the silence after the storm 'Echo Street'. The band's impressive wall of sound-spacerock on their fourth album grants a clearer view onto Balamir's 60esque songwriting, allowing Amplifier to wrench new facets from their anachronistic Prog: 'Echo Street' is a nostaligic, for the most part relaxed and cautious record, containing some of Amplifier's strongest songs ever with 'Where the River Goes', 'Paris in the Spring' or 'Mary Rose'. With the following 'Sunrise' EP being at least on the same level, the upcoming 'Mystoria' can be awaited eagerly. To shorten the time until it's release, Sel Balamir brings the HeavyPop Advent calender 2013 to an end with a list of his favourite records of this past year.

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Das Jahr in Platten mit: The Ocean

Das Jahr in Platten mit: The Ocean

von am 19. Dezember 2013 in Adventskalender 2013, Featured

Chris Breuer ist sozusagen ins kalte Wasser gesprungen: nachdem Louis Jucker seine Stelle als Bassist von The Ocean aufgegeben hatte um sich seinem Studium zu widmen, lag es mit am Wahl-Berliner den dynamischen Groove unter dem drückenden Progressive-Postmetal des multinationalen Kollektives um Mastermind Robin Staps aufrechtzuerhalten. Und Breuer kam dazu genau rechtzeitig um Teil von 'Pelagial' zu werden, einem weiteren mächtigen Konzeptbrocken aus der Schmiede von The Ocean. Für den Heavypop Adventskalender erzählt Breuer welche Platten ihn durch das vergangene Jahr begleitet haben bevor sich The Ocean bereits wieder in die nächste Tour stürzen.

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Albums of the Year List by: The Ocean

Albums of the Year List by: The Ocean

von am 19. Dezember 2013 in Adventskalender 2013, Featured

Chris Breuer more or less jumped in at the deep end: after Bassist Louis Jucker left The Ocean to concentrate on his studies, it was up to the Saarland-Berliner to sustain the dynamic groove below the pressing progressive post-metal of the multinational group surrounding mastermind Robin Staps. And Breuer arrived just in time to become part of 'Pelagial', another mighty conceptional chunk by The Ocean. Right before setting out for their next tour, Chris Breuer told HeavyPop for the annual Advent calendar what records accompanied him throught this past year.

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Das Jahr in Platten mit: British Theatre

Das Jahr in Platten mit: British Theatre

von am 8. Dezember 2013 in Adventskalender 2013, Featured

Am zweiten Sonntag werden die Regeln des Heavypop-Adventskalender ein wenig umgangen: weil British Theatre 2013 (leider) kein Album am Start hatten und trotzdem nach ihren Favoriten befragt werden. Aber Mike Vennart und Richard "Gambler" Ingram unlängst und (beinahe exakt 3 Jahre nach dem unter seltsamen Umständen stattfindenden letzten Oceansize-Österreich Besuch der beiden) als Rückendeckung von Biffy Clyro auftrumpfen zu sehen hat wieder in Erinnerung gerufen welche wunderbaren Kleinode das Duo mit ihrer 'EP' und 'Dyed in the Wool Ghost' im letzten Jahr ablieferten. Auf kaum ein (hoffentlich im nächsten Jahr) erscheinendes Album ist die Vorfreude jedenfalls derart groß wie das Debüt aus dem Hause British Theatre.

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Albums of the Year List by: British Theatre

Albums of the Year List by: British Theatre

von am 8. Dezember 2013 in Adventskalender 2013, Featured

No, sadly the long-awaited British Theatre debut album wasn't released in 2013. But to see Mike Vennart and Richard "Gambler" nearly exactly three years after their last visit in Austria (back then they did an awesome and really memorable concert in the final days of the legendary Oceansize under kinda bizarre circumstances in Afflenz) backing  Biffy Clyro on stage recalls what magnificent jobs they already did with their 'EP' and 'Dyed in the Wool Ghost' last year. So to bridge the hard waiting time unto we'll (hopefully!) hear the highly anticipated first full length from the duo in 2014, here's what they two recommend this year:

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Albums of the Year List by: California X

Albums of the Year List by: California X

von am 7. Dezember 2013 in Adventskalender 2013, Featured

On their self titled debut album California X served a sweaty party with immense groove, brilliant guitar work and many catchy hits somewhere between Torche and Dinosaur Jr.: so beside any name-dropping and fueled with a rocking punkrock spirit similar to Japandroids a headbanging highlight of the year and a huge promise to the future. And also a good reason to ask bassplayer Dan for the Heavypop advent calender what five records the band from Amherst enjoyed the most in 2013. In no particular order that would be...

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Albums of the Year List by: Paper Arms

Albums of the Year List by: Paper Arms

von am 2. Dezember 2013 in Adventskalender 2013, Featured

"I may be an optimist" declares Josh Mann on 'Bright Lights', and not without reason: on their sophomore album (and their first on Uncle M) 'The Smoke Will Clear' , the Australian quartet Paper Arms honoured every promise their debut 'Days Above Ground' made to predict them as one of the up and coming young punk rock bands. So while Paper Arms can view into the future quite optimistically, singer/guitarist Josh Mann took his time for the Heavypop Advent calender to compile his favourite 5 records of the past year 2013.

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Harmful – Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

Harmful – Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

von am 1. Februar 2013 in Album

Harmful überraschen einmal mehr mit der konstanten Qualität ihres trendresistenten Noiserock. Auch Dank des neuen Line-Up sprudelt 'Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired' nun vor Spielfreude regelrecht über, gemäß: einfach mal machen und im Rausch der eigenen Spontanität alles niederreißen.

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The Offspring – Days Go By

The Offspring – Days Go By

von am 24. Juni 2012 in Reviews

Das neunte Studioalbum der Altpunker ist überraschenderweise zu keinem Zeitpunkt derartig grottig, wie es die Vollkatastrophe 'Cruising California (Bumpin' in My Trunk)' vorab versprochen hat. Nichtsdestotrotz gehen im Mittelteil die Pferden mit The Offspring durch. Darum herum klauen die Kalifornier dreist bei Rise Against, den Foo Fighters, Rebekka Black und nicht zuletzte im eigenen Schaffensfundus.

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Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want

Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want

von am 10. November 2018 in Album, Heavy Rotation

You Won't Get What You Want? Doch! Immerhin ist die kaum noch für möglich gehaltene Rückkehr der Daughters der bereits nach ihrem 2006er-Meisterstück Hell Songs erhoffte nächste, verstörend konsequente Evolutionsschub in der Geschichte einer herrlich eigenwilligen Band.

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