Marc Vanderberg – ‘Highway Demon’   2 comments

German hard rock singer-songwriter Marc Vanderberg released his 2nd album, ‘Highway Demon’, on September 7th, 2017, following the 1st album, ‘Devil May Care’. ‘Highway Demon’ is a more rock oriented and back to roots 10 track album, including 1 instrumental. Brazilian vocalist Raphael Gazal sings on every song, all music is by Oliver Deleker and Marc V., all lyrics and instruments by Marc and it was mixed and mastered by Thorsten Eligehausen, CEO of German label, darkSIGN Records, with whom Marc had worked previously. ‘H.D.’ is released via darkSIGN. The album title was O.D. and M.V.’s choice and as a pure rock title track, is a re-recorded version of a 25-year-old live number, modelled on old school 70s rock. Album Artwork by Klaus Schwartz, at Art-Works Media D-Sign. A wide variety of musical equipment was used to create the album, including instruments from different eras of rock.

Highway Demon – Nice motorbike engine roar intro! Rapidly followed by a classic metal riff and vocal, making the whole track what it is – a true metal warrior’s anthem. Added to which, the lyrics are a perfect partner, completing the feel of old school, with a modern twist, providing joyful sounds and energy, keeping it going, with a fast, fun pace and screaming metal. Instant hit.

Blue Eyes – Cool rocky intro, with all the genuine feel to add to it. Immediate, honest and drenched in passion. This is a must for all those ardent fans of old school rock and metal. Catchy as hell, there’s everything to love within it and it ends on the smoothest riff, topping it off coolly and tastefully. Awesome.

Bad Paradise – Moving smoothly, once more, into more made for metal stuff, it’s just packed with all that true metal’s made of. Noticeably succeeding in creating an upliftingly joyous sound, regardless of the more serious nature of the lyrics, it closes on an equally smooth outro, of perfected speed.

The Last Battle – Gloriously involved intro riff, engaging, warm and hugely melodic. Sustaining that same welcoming metallic feel throughout, throwing in some luscious paradiddles and twiddly riffs for good measure, it’s got pace, rhythm, melody, sound and feel nailed. Deserving of compliments on every level, it proves that fact in its careful, perfectly timed fade-out.

How Do You Feel – Soft, beautifully haunting piano intro, with clearly felt lyrics. One listen and the accompanying melancholy will penetrate through you, threatening to drown you, as the message of the words continues on. The following riff entrenches that message in such a rarely performed way, spreading poignancy through the rest of the song and hitting you so hard, it almost overwhelms you. If any track’s destined to give you goose pimples of empathy, sending shivers down your spine, it’s this one. Verging on heart stopping, ‘HDYF’ is so literal in the performance of its question, it’s likely to answer its own question. Beyond powerful.

Indispensable – Straight in there, with a seemingly effortless flow, already, it’s a crystal clear demonstration of its lyrics in action. Those riffs are just incredible. Conveying so much emotion, in all its glory, ‘Indispensable’ is a storehouse of sincerity and such a privilege to hear. Outstanding.

You’re Like Poison – Taking the mood back up again now and rocking it up, big time, this is a real night driving song). Audible Alice Cooper influence in that ‘poison running through my veins’ line and it works so well for this track. Lots more delicious riffage and yummy melody, creating so much catch, along with those effortless, seamless vocals. Another hit and that’s it.

When I Turn The Key – More metal aceness runs through this, including some tasty power screams too. Oh there’s the inevitable ‘666’ reference and it works). Growing catchier by the second, it’s a cavalcade of melody, enlivening your senses and it just makes you want to go with its flow. Stunning.

The Final Chapter – Opening with thunder and more biker stuff, inexorably following it with more metal glory. The whole thing is just a massive feast of all that makes metal great. Ending as it began, flawless and fun, that’s all there is to it.

Total Eclipse – Drumming intro, an epic feast of all things metal). Get that creative gift of a riff, it’s got that sound of melting chocolate, sliding down your throat and filtering through your soul. Finishing on another drumming fest, it’s over before you know it and by now, you know the ‘Highway Demon’ has possessed your spirit.

Overall – An immense and inexplicably good pleasure ride through a land of metal dreams and fantasies, leading to positive outcomes and wish fulfilment. ‘Highway Demon’ is a rare gem of cohesion of all the best ingredients, composing great, enjoyable and memorable metal you love, with a passion. Truly outstanding.

10/10 **********

For fans of old school metal, such as Judas Priest, new wave, speed and power metal, including Taberah and Soulforge and of course, masters of neo-classical metal, such as Yngwie Malmsteen.

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Posted October 20, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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