• Chères lectrices et chers lecteurs!

    Voici quelques photos de la fin de semaine que je viens de passer avec mon ami Jean-Daniel à Ottawa, Hull, Chelsea et Aylmer. Nous avons fait beaucoup d'activités. Ça fait du bien de revoir un vieil ami!

    Fin de semaine avec mon ami Jean-Daniel

    Nous avons essayé une excellente bière à presque quarante dollars: la Béatitude Passion Fruit Tart Season de la Council Brewing Company.

    Fin de semaine avec mon ami Jean-Daniel

    Jean-Daniel et moi sommes ensuite allés au Musée de l'aviation et de l'espace du Canada.

    Fin de semaine avec mon ami Jean-Daniel

    Nous y avons pris plusieurs centaines de photos.

    Fin de semaine avec mon ami Jean-Daniel

    Les décors, histoires et machines exposés étaient diversifiés et intéressants.

    Fin de semaine avec mon ami Jean-Daniel

    Je me suis fait prendre en photo avec de nombreux avions gigantesques.

    Fin de semaine avec mon ami Jean-Daniel

    Il y avait aussi des motos, jeeps, hélicoptères et autres véhicules utilisés en lien avec des avions.

    Fin de semaine avec mon ami Jean-Daniel

    Il y avait même ce modèle d'un zeppelin, cet aérostat de type dirigeable rigide qui me fascine beaucoup depuis ma jeunesse.

    Fin de semaine avec mon ami Jean-Daniel

    Voici un exemple des beaux décors dans le musée.

    Fin de semaine avec mon ami Jean-Daniel

    Une vue sur l'ensemble du Musée de l'aviation et de l'espace du Canada.

    Fin de semaine avec mon ami Jean-Daniel

    Ici je me trouve dans le hall d'entrée du tout nouveau Musée de la Banque du Canada.

    Fin de semaine avec mon ami Jean-Daniel

    Nous avons passé une soirée tranquille au Chelsea Pub et au Gainsbourg pour terminer.

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  • Alice Cooper - Paranormal (2017)

    Alice Cooper still got it. Six years after the last release Welcome to My Nightmare, Vincent Damon Furnier is back with a twenty-seventh studio album entitled Paranormal. This album offers a quite intriguing mixture for old and new fans. It includes a first disc with ten new tracks recorded by the current line-up and a few guest musicians such as Deep Purple's bassist Roger Glover or ZZ Top's guitarist Billy Gibbons. The second disc offers two new songs recorded by the original Alice Cooper band from the late sixties and early seventies. On top, we get six new live songs of Alice Cooper's greatest hits such as the psychedelic ballad "Only Women Bleed" or the party anthem "School's Out".

    The best song of all is the opening title track "Paranormal" in my opinion. The melodic main guitar riff is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard. The vocals are also quite variable as Vincent Damon Furnier proves that he handles both the smooth and melodic parts as well as the more powerful and rocking passages very well. The other two highlights are the two tracks recorded with the original line-up. "Genuine American Girl" is a danceable rock 'n roll tune that could come straight from the late sixties or early seventies. Thanks to an inspired performance, the song doesn't sound too old-fashioned but surprisingly refreshing. "You and All of Your Friends" has strong rhythms and vibes and I particularly like the vivid drum play as well as the playful guitar solo. The catchy song gets to the point in only two and a half minutes which has become a forgotten art among contemporary rock bands.

    The other new tracks aren't as great as the three mentioned above but they offer solid hard rock music. Some songs are slow and rhythmic, others are a little bit faster and very lively and others again are quite hypnotizing and smooth. These tracks don't offer anything new but present a good mixture of everything Alice Cooper is about.

    To keep it short, Alice Cooper's Paranormal might not be the band's greatest hour but it's entertaining and well-crafted hard rock that hasn't lost its charm and energy after all these years. Especially the second disc delivers the goods and proves that Alice Cooper is still an outstanding live act. Buying the new album is recommended but not mandatory but seeing this band live is something any fan of rock music should try to do once in his life.

    Final rating: 75%

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  • Paradise Lost - Medusa (2017)

    Paradise Lost has often been described as a gothic metal institution and even though I'm a huge fan of this genre, I was unable to get into this band. I saw Paradise Lost in concert at the M'era Luna festival back in 2008 but found their performance lackluster. I listened to several songs but they weren't memorable enough to motivate me to check out an entire record. As you might guess by now, things have finally changed. I picked up the latest edition of the great German metal magazine Legacy that had a three-track compilation promoting Paradise Lost's new record Medusa. I immediately liked the new songs and decided to check out the entire release as soon as I could. Let me tell you that Medusa is one of the most brutal, intense and sinister gothic metal records I have ever come across.

    This brave, pitiless and unique direction works right from the start. The band opens the album with a monster of epic proportions entitled ''Fearless Sky'' with a stunning length of eight and a half minutes. Commercial ambitions? Forget about that. Numbing occult organ sounds, melancholic guitar melodies, humming bass sounds, slow-motion drum beats that hit your soul and guttural growls set the tone for this great album. The opening song is already the perfect soundtrack to any sinister horror movie that takes itself serious. Title songs ''Medusa'' is another track of this kind with melancholic piano sounds, droning bass sounds, precise drumming and desperate guitar melodies that are this time accompanied by comforting yet mysterious clean vocals. The track unfolds a hypnotizing vibe drowning you into the darkness. This song is best enjoyed with your headphones on late at night. The mysterious and magic guitar sounds of ''No Passage for the Dead'' have almost an Arabian soundscape and contrast the particularly low growls. Paradise Lost manages to mix the sinister and sweet like very few bands on this output. If you are an innocent child, a deeply religious person or someone who thinks Evanescence are gothic metal, stay away from this beast of an album.

    As if eight gripping songs weren't enough, the special edition includes two additional tracks and these aren't uninspired alternative versions that so many other bands have to offer but two more high-quality gothic metal monsters. The plodding and sinister ''Symbolic Virtue'' in particular manages to be emotionally profound, melodically catchy and yet musically simple. Other genre bands would chose this track as single but Medusa is so convincing that it's only a bonus track on this album which speaks volumes. The Japanese edition even features a third additional bonus track entitled ''Frozen Illusion'' which is a bleak, complex, slow-paced sinister death metal track that could come straight from the early nineties. It reminds me of the early years of Amorphis and Therion. If you've got some money to spend on an outstanding record, go and get this import version.

    This album is like a drug for your heart, mind and soul. If you like to discover your dark side and embrace it to escape from reality, go and buy this record that is one of the few highlights of a rather underwhelming year concerning releases of metal records so far. Paradise Lost has finally managed to get my attention after all these years with a bang. Consider me a fan now.

    Final rating: 95%

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  • Verehrte Leserinnen und Leser!

    Inzwischen verweile ich zwar schon wieder in Kanada, aber ich mochte noch einmal ein wenig deutsches Liedgut hier vorstellen. Vor wenigen Wochen habe ich das Lied beim Amphi Festival noch live gehort, nun mochte ich es euch auch hier mit einem ziemlich interessanten Video vorstellen, das aufzeigt, was in unserer Welt derzeit alles falsch lauft. Eisbrechers ''Was ist hier los?'' trifft den Nagel auf den Kopf und ist ganz nah am Puls der Zeit und dies nicht nur in Deutschland, sondern der gesamten Welt. Naturlich konnen in weniger als vier Minuten nicht alle Probleme dieser Welt gezeigt oder thematisiert werden, aber dieses Video ist ein sehr interessanter Denkanstoss. Eisbrechers neues Album ''Sturmfahrt'' wird am 25. August 2017 erscheinen.

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  • Verehrte Leserinnen und Leser!

    Kurz vor meiner Rückkehr nach Kanada gibt es hier noch ein wenig deutsches Liedgut auf die Ohren, mit dem am vergangenen Samstag Leverkusen von meinen Freunden und mir beschallt wurde. Viel Spaß damit und ein Hoch auf gute Freunde und meine schöne Heimat ;-)

    Deutsches Liedgut

    This song is brought to you by David F. ;-)

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