• Dear readers,

    As a faithful supporter of the Arizona Coyotes, my favourite NHL team in the Western Conference, I would like to underline the fact that their Canadian coach Dave Tippett will coach his 1000th NHL game tonight against the Los Angeles Kings. The former left wing from Moosomin, Saskatchewan, is only fifty-four years old and has coached the Dallas Stars from 2002/2003 to 2008/2009 before joining the organization from Glendale, Arizona. He has a very good reputation and many players join his teams because both young talents and experienced veterans enjoy working with a creative strategist and intellectual motivator who usually avoids the spotlight in a fair and modest way. Despite several difficult seasons with both organizations, Dave Tippett is a faithful sportsman who enjoys building up teams, developing talents and learning from failures and successes. Dave Tippett has reached the Western Conference finals twice so far: in 2007/2008 with the Dallas Stars and in 2011/2012 with the Phoenix Coyotes. He has won the Jack Adams Award for best coach of the National Hockey League in 2010 as head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. This outstanding coach still has a dream to realize with his surprising team: winning the Stanley Cup. I wish him good luck and want to thank him for staying faithful to his teams.

    Jack Adams Award 2010 in Los Angeles, California

    Photo taken from coyotes.nhl.com (all rights reserved)

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  • Megadeth - Dystopia (2016)

    I've never been a fan of Megadeth due to their confusingly inconsistent line-ups, an almost constant and significant decrease in musical quality over the past twenty years and especially due to the increasingly weak vocals performing vapid lyrics. ''Dystopia'' comes as a positive surprise and is easily the best Megadeth output since ''Youthanasia'' twenty-two years earlier.

    The success of this release is based upon several elements. First of all, new guitarist Kiko Loureiro of Angra fame delivers an excellent job. His guitar work is technically appealing, the melodies he plays are highly emotional and his style is diversified but still has a clear guiding line. He harmonizes perfectly with Dave Mustaine who offers some of the most gripping riffs he has ever written. 

    The second reason for this return to form is the interesting dystopian concept and the way the band dealt with it. The album has a constant dystopian atmosphere and the sum of the different tracks is even more convincing than its different parts. It's also positive to see that Dave Mustaine didn't include too much political propaganda on this record and the few references to contemporary American politics aren't too shallow, obvious and nasty. A closer look at the solid lyrics is definitely recommended.

    The third reason for the greatness of this output is its diversity despite its clear intellectual and atmospheric guide line. ''The Threat is Real'' is an excellent opener with Indian folk chants, powerful riffs, a chaotic yet gripping chorus and numerous excellent melodic guitar solos. The mixture of melodic yet technically appealing guitar riffs and surprisingly melodic vocals in the brilliant title song ''Dystopia'' has an almost progressive metal touch. ''Post American World'' is a sinister mid-tempo stomper with dominating bass parts and more stunning guitar solos. ''The Emperor'' has more classic heavy metal and hard rock riffs and the whole tune is crowned with the record's catchiest chorus. Two other songs really stand out on this album. The epic ''Poisonous Shadows'' is filled with creative diversity including breathtaking guitar solos, fluid changes of atmosphere and style and a moving piano coda. This track is one of the best Megadeth songs ever written in my book. The closing ''Foreign Policy'' is a take on the Fear track of the same name and usually I'm not the biggest fan of cover songs but this one here's a real grower. The track reminds me a lot of early Voivod. It has an untamed punk vibe, dystopian solos and liberatingly angry vocals. Since no other band produces more realistic dystopian sounds than Voivod, this reference is quite positive and ends a very good album on a strong note.

    Another amazing thing about the album is that the few average tracks can be found in different places on the album. The choice for the track list is very efficient. The opening tracks are really strong, the middle part is outstanding and the final part is also top notch. The record never decreases in quality. The five different bonus track are solid but they are bonus songs for a good reason since they can't catch up with this album's greatest cuts. That's why it doesn't matter at all which version you buy in the end.

    Colour me surprised but ''Dystopia'' is more than just a return to form for band that has disappointed me for a very long time. This record does everything right where the previous albums failed for different reasons. Even the vocals finally sound convincing and suit the topic despite a slight decrease of skills due to Dave Mustaine's age and lifestyle. The band sounds hungry again and I hope this new line-up will stay together for a while. Fans of dystopian concepts and good heavy, progressive and thrash metal can't get around this early highlight of the year.

    Final rating: 8.5/10

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  • Megadeth - Dystopia (2016)

    I've never been a fan of Megadeth due to their confusingly inconsistent line-ups, an almost constant and significant decrease in musical quality over the past twenty years and especially due to the increasingly weak vocals performing vapid lyrics. ''Dystopia'' comes as a positive surprise and is easily the best Megadeth output since ''Youthanasia'' twenty-two years earlier.

    The success of this release is based upon several elements. First of all, new guitarist Kiko Loureiro of Angra fame delivers an excellent job. His guitar work is technically appealing, the melodies he plays are highly emotional and his style is diversified but still has a clear guiding line. He harmonizes perfectly with Dave Mustaine who offers some of the most gripping riffs he has ever written. 

    The second reason for this return to form is the interesting dystopian concept and the way the band dealt with it. The album has a constant dystopian atmosphere and the sum of the different tracks is even more convincing than its different parts. It's also positive to see that Dave Mustaine didn't include too much political propaganda on this record and the few references to contemporary American politics aren't too shallow, obvious and nasty. A closer look at the solid lyrics is definitely recommended.

    The third reason for the greatness of this output is its diversity despite its clear intellectual and atmospheric guide line. ''The Threat is Real'' is an excellent opener with Indian folk chants, powerful riffs, a chaotic yet gripping chorus and numerous excellent melodic guitar solos. The mixture of melodic yet technically appealing guitar riffs and surprisingly melodic vocals in the brilliant title song ''Dystopia'' has an almost progressive metal touch. ''Post American World'' is a sinister mid-tempo stomper with dominating bass parts and more stunning guitar solos. ''The Emperor'' has more classic heavy metal and hard rock riffs and the whole tune is crowned with the record's catchiest chorus. Two other songs really stand out on this album. The epic ''Poisonous Shadows'' is filled with creative diversity including breathtaking guitar solos, fluid changes of atmosphere and style and a moving piano coda. This track is one of the best Megadeth songs ever written in my book. The closing ''Foreign Policy'' is a take on the Fear track of the same name and usually I'm not the biggest fan of cover songs but this one here's a real grower. The track reminds me a lot of early Voivod. It has an untamed punk vibe, dystopian solos and liberatingly angry vocals. Since no other band produces more realistic dystopian sounds than Voivod, this reference is quite positive and ends a very good album on a strong note.

    Another amazing thing about the album is that the few average tracks can be found in different places on the album. The choice for the track list is very efficient. The opening tracks are really strong, the middle part is outstanding and the final part is also top notch. The record never decreases in quality. The five different bonus track are solid but they are bonus songs for a good reason since they can't catch up with this album's greatest cuts. That's why it doesn't matter at all which version you buy in the end.

    Colour me surprised but ''Dystopia'' is more than just a return to form for band that has disappointed me for a very long time. This record does everything right where the previous albums failed for different reasons. Even the vocals finally sound convincing and suit the topic despite a slight decrease of skills due to Dave Mustaine's age and lifestyle. The band sounds hungry again and I hope this new line-up will stay together for a while. Fans of dystopian concepts and good heavy, progressive and thrash metal can't get around this early highlight of the year.

    Final rating: 8.5/10

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