Kai Hansen – “Fire and Ice” (plus Bonus)

Kai Hansen is one of the founding members of Helloween, one of the leading bands in the German Power Metal / Speed Metal scene of the 1980s. After leaving the band in the late 1980s he founded Gamma Ray and participated on many other metal albums since then.

The track “Fire and Ice” was first released on Kai Hansens “XXX – Three Decades In Metal” album. The live version below was recorded at Wacken in 2016 or rather 2017. Kai is accompanied by Clementine Delauney on this track.

As a bonus I include another live clip from the same concert. The song is called “Victim of Fate” and was featured on 1985s “Walls of Jericho” album by Helloween. As such it is a classic of German Speed and Power Metal featuring brutal riffs and a great slow bit with guitar solo in the middle of the song.

This is the kind of music that about 30 years ago made me the metal fan that I still am today. So much for going through a phase… 

Wucan Live

If you have been following me for a while you may have noticed that I like dark and gloomy metal, but that I also really enjoy some good old 70s rock. Especially the obvious classics like Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, but also German Krautrock and modern bands inspired by that music.

If you also like that kind of music, I think I have found a new(ish) treat. Wucan is a fresh band based in eastern Germany that does some stuff which is heavily inspired by Krautrock and also international classics of that 70s era. 

The following is an official live set (about 58 minutes) uploaded once again by WDR Rockpalast, which is a classic in it’s own. I’m not sure if it is available in all countries, but there are other uploads to be found on youtube (which I’m not going to link to, but they are easily found).

A Pleasant Surprise

Every now and then I can’t hold myself back and I start to ramble about some of my recent purchases. With this one I could either begin with how my love for the electric guitar dates back to the mid 1980s but I could also get right to the point. The latest guitar that I bought is an Ibanez JEM 7VH. It is the posh version of the Steve Vai signature model featuring plain white color, signature vine inlay and gold hardware. I just love that look, but then I am also very fond of white Gibson Les Paul Customs which also have that white/gold thing going for them. I can see how this is not everybody´s cup of tea though.
Ibanez JEM 7VWH
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[Cover] Dimmu Borgir – Perfect Strangers (Deep Purple)

In 1984 Deep Purple released the “Perfect Strangers” album. Some may say Deep Purple was on a steep decline back then, but I somehow like that album and especially the title track “Perfect Strangers”. The song also has been a “modern” staple in Deep Purple live shows since the 1980s.

Dimmu Borgir, a black metal band from Norway, has taken that song and created a slightly darker and heavier cover version. The added dark overtones fit the song and the lyrics very much. This is clearly one of the better offerings in the “metal band plays classic” range.

[Cover] Synlakross – Colony (In Flames)

I enjoy looking for cool covers by metal bands and cool covers of metal songs. Beginning today I will try to share some of the things that I did come across.

The first cover in the series takes us back almost 20 years, to “Colony” by In Flames. The video below features Synlakross, a melodic death metal band from Spain, covering the title track “Colony” of that very album. The cover version is very true to the original, but it has a refreshing brighter and clearer sound that I enjoy very much.