“Live In Sao Paulo” by Sepultura

Artist: Sepultura
Title: Live In Sao Paulo
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 11/8/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 6/10

Sepultura are considered one of the most powerful forces for Metal and when you speak their name in their native land of Brazil they are considered as Gods. Their appeal to legions of Metal fans has wavered a little since lead singer Max Cavalera had left to form Soulfly. In his place the American Derrick Green continues to lead the band in a full assault charge. His sound is different from Max’s and leans to a more Hard Core style than the Thrashing that Max was bringing to the table. Musically Andreas Kisser, Igor Cavalera and Paulo Xisto sound pretty good on the album but clearly the drums and vocals seemed to be mixed a little louder on the piece. The group storms through 21 numbers and to make this a little more worth paying attention to bring out a former guitarist Jairo Guedz to jam on a few numbers. Alex from Krisiun also makes an appearance and there are some others as well. For a CD with most of its talking in Portuguese it gets a little confusing with what’s going on, but that is where owning the DVD is a good idea. Yes you read this correctly for a DVD of this concert was also issued in tandem to the CD.
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PiercingMetal Talks To Jyrki 69 from The 69 Eyes (3/5/2006)

The 69 Eyes are a Gothic Hard Rock sensation around most of the world and have been doing their thing for about fifteen years or so with the USA fans only recently being able to enjoy one of their albums unless they were resourceful enough to dig deeper into their catalog. I’m proud to admit that I had slightly more background in their wares than some peers but the album “Devils” is the first from the bands extensive catalog of music to hit our Shores and to celebrate the release a U.S. tour was planned at long last. I had the opportunity to sit and talk with lead singer, the enigmatic Jyrki 69 before their New York show at The Bowery Ballroom. The hustle and bustle of a backstage dressing room the night of a big appearance is not the best place to conduct some lengthy discussion so I kept it brief and to the point. We talked about his new music and life as Lord of the Rock and Roll Vampires. Below is our transcribed conversation and I hope you find it as interesting as I did speaking to him.

PiercingMetal: We are here with Jyrki69 of The 69 Eyes who is making their very first appearance in New York and I ask how come now with the band being formed in the 90’s, whets the feeling on coming here now.

Jyrki 69: Actually since the late 80’s.
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“Live In Sao Paulo” (DVD) by Sepultura

Artist: Sepultura
Title: Live In Sao Paulo
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 11/8/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7/10

Released at the same time as the CD bearing the same name comes the live concert DVD from Sepultura. The Metal legends seem to pull out all of the stops to give you the best possible DVD concert that they can. As everyone knows the band no longer features Max Cavalera and instead showcases the talents of American singer Derrick Green. His different vocal register gives a little bit of difference to the older material and brings new life to the direction the band is following with him at the helm. The CD of this concert is more for the diehard purist who will enjoy it no matter what while the DVD will have a larger level of appeal. I admit I went into the release with only a fair amount of knowledge of Sepultura music for while I was hard core into the Metal they were just never a band I followed. The concert DVD comes in two parts with the first being the full show that is on the CD and a couple of bonus clips to close it out. The performance is enhanced for the crazed Brazilian audience by bringing out special guests during the show including Jairo Guedz, Alex Kolesne, Zé Gonzáles, B- Negao, & João Gordo. Given these guests included a former member of the band and someone from Krisiun you can imagine that they went over very well in the eyes of the crowd. I felt that Sepultura did a good job on this piece even though a lot of shots are on the dark side. This is the fault of the stage lighting used and not the band themselves. The vocals are mostly hard core in nature and growls the main focus through the songs that cover every album that the band has released.
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“Skeletons In The Closet” by Gamma Ray

Artist: Gamma Ray
Title: “Skeletons In The Closet”
Label: Noise Records
Release Date: 3/9/2004
Genre: Power Metal
Rating: 9/10

Gamma Ray has long been considered one of the bands that set the standard in the Power Metal genre and the double CD release of “Skeletons In The Closet” brings you some great songs performed live in concert for a screaming audience. Leader Kai Hansen has always been a force to be reckoned with in this type of music. It showed early in his career when he was a part of the legendary Helloween where he played guitar and also sang. Eventually he formed a partnership with Ralf Scheepers to start Gamma Ray and released the amazing debut “Heading For Tomorrow”. If you owned this album when it came out you knew immediately that Power Metal was going to be headed in a new and exciting direction as long as this band was in existence. This was over fifteen years ago and fast forward to today where almost a dozen records have been released in the bands catalog. Scheepers has been gone for awhile and now performs in Primal Fear which left Kai the vocal duties in the group and to be quite honest he really has an amazing voice. He is also very busy on the guitar and I admit its most impressive to see the range he can hit during the songs while playing that well. I truly enjoyed most of this CD and I had a real love for “Gardens Of The Sinner” for it’s overall power and delivery. “The Silence” has also been one of my very favorite Gamma Ray tracks since the day I first heard them on that debut album & “Heart Of The Unicorn” also seemed to grow on me. This track has a very Judas Priest/Halford feel to it and will appeal to those listeners without a doubt. Joining Kai in the group is Henjo Richter (guitars/vocals), Dirk Schlacter (bass) and Dan Zimmerman (drums); together this powerful lineup gives you 18 of their most rarely heard material in one place.
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“Death On The Road” (DVD) by Iron Maiden

Artist: Iron Maiden
Title: “Death On The Road”
Label: Sanctuary Records
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

Full concert films of today’s greatest bands is becoming all the more common these days and Iron Maiden seems to be the band that is leading the trend in releasing a live DVD for every tour that they have completed. We last saw them for “Rock In Rio”, a DVD that showcased the “Brave New World” release and now with “Death On The Road” we find the concert for the “Dance Of Death” album being showcased. The performance was filmed in 2003 and was one of the most theatrical that the band had performed in many years. Being one of the leaders in the Heavy Metal music field the concert itself pulls out all of the stops and finds the band in top shape. This 3 DVD set gives you two versions of the concert itself, one in stereo and one in Dolby. Why this was not set to one DVD with both versions is curious to me but they must have had reasons for doing this. The concert itself is excellent and I don’t think you need me to quantify the level of skill that Iron Maiden possesses on stage. For over 20 years they have been a continual force and a driving one in support of the Metal scene. With “Dance Of Death” we find a strong return to their earlier years in some senses and this tour film features a handful of songs from that album. There is a stronger emphasis on recent material but that is a necessary evil for the band for how interesting will it be to see the same old songs performed on every DVD that gets released. Standout performances on the piece are “Can I Play With Madness”, “Paschendale” and of course the legacy favorites. I don’t think we will ever find a Maiden DVD that does not include “Number Of The Beast” or “Run To The Hills” and if you find yourself annoyed by that just think how Maiden must feel. Songs like this become more of the bands signature and cannot be omitted at this stage of the game. I also felt that at this point in the bands touring that they were used to being a six-member lineup with three axe slingers (Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, and Janick Gers) along with Steve Harris (bass) and Nicko McBrain (drums) and consummate showman Bruce Dickinson (vocals). I like Maiden with this lineup very much and think it works in both the studio and live sense.
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