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  21 OCTAYNE
'Into The Open'
(AFM Records)
Release Date: 23rd May 2014


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Germany have of course produced a fair few talented rock musicians and bands over the years and 21 Octayne have been causing more than a little buzz so the imminent release of their debut album 'Into The Open' is a big event in the band's life.

For those who aren't too familiar with them, the band consists of vocalist Hagen Grohe (The Joe Perry Project), guitarist Marco Wriedt (Axxis), bassist Andrew 'The Bullet' Lauer (Paul Gilbert) and Alex Landenburg (Rhapsody) on drums.

After three of the band met for a jam in August 2010, vocalist Grohe was quickly added to the line-up and they set to work doing what they do best, creating music, and as you can probably tell from their experience, their styles and influences are diverse so it was a question of how well it all fitted together and creating an individual sound.

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On first listen the omens look good, well more they sound good but time to delve a little deeper. First one to bludgeon the ears is 'She's Killing Me' and judging by the fact that he can see her down on her knees, it points at killing by kindness so don't panic.

The first thing musically that hits you are the powerful vocals – it shouldn't come as a major surprise considering the guy's track record. Very much a classic rock sound, filled with melodious injections.

The hook is there in spades in the chorus and as an opener it is a good choice as it serves as a brief example of what they can all do individually and together.

Alex Landenburg's drumming is both powerful and delicate, filling in with power when the space is there but never just for the sake of it. Andrew Lauer fits very well with him on the bass forming a solid and inventive rhythm section, Marco Wriedt's guitar paying is sublime, a good foil for the powerful vocals and letting loose with venom for the solo. So far so good...

'Dear Friend' is next and has a very interesting beginning indeed – mournful guitar overlaying the sound of a phone dialling and muffled voice before the main track hits, and hit it does with a vengeance, before going back down for the vocals. This one is very well and cleverly written, voice over guitar for two lines, then full blooded band and back down again to guitar and vocals and it is repeated but not to excess before the chorus arrives with all the venom of a snake who has just taken venom supplements.

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Very intriguing and more than a little difficult to pull off as well as they do. This is one of the heavier tracks which may sound a contradiction in terms given the guitar in some sections of the song – it is that well crafted. The drumming stands out on this one but the songwriting is the real winner.

So to 'Turn The World', a very different feel to this one, more moderate in its power, more tuned in with what some sections of the industry call stadium rock. There is a feeling of hope with this one, less of the sombre sentiment than what has gone before. The rhythm section forces this one along, beautiful guitar solo in the middle, vocals laying over the top in perfect harmony and the last section is particularly impressive with a slight change in vocal tone ensuring the track picks up and more than keeps interest. Another sterling piece of writing and playing.

'Don't Turn Away' again goes in a different direction with drums and more than cool base line leading the way and the bass line is superb, filled with more funk than you thought was possible, up and down the board with a bit of slapping thrown in. The rest of the band come in and we are treated to more melodic samplings, the guitar line following the bass funk example.

This is pure genius and if you don't find your body shaking incontrollably then get down to the hospital and get them to xray you to check for a soul. As if all that wasn't enough, the guitar solo that comes in just when you think it has all finished is another high quality piece of six string widdlery.

The intriguingly titled 'My Teddy Bear' is up next and kicks off with menacing guitar and pounding drums, interspersed with more funky and perfectly timed bass fills. As bassists go, Andrew Lauer is up there with the best of them. Melodic chorus and more sections than a government form this is another masterful piece of writing as it settles down to a quieter yet even more menacing part, drums signalling the quite wonderful guitar solo, up and down the fret board with a vengeance, traces of so many guitarists spring to mind but the sound is very much his own.

The title track comes out next, a big change from the previous one with guitar and passion fuelled vocals, very much a ballad but powerfully done. The voice on this one is purity and power personified, showcasing Grohe's ability to tackle this type of song with equal ease as the heavier end of the spectrum. It is easy to see why Gotthard were so interested in him.

More screaming and soulful guitar, bass and drums again providing the impetus as it moves up a gear and as with most that they do there is so much going on with melodies and fills behind the power.

'Me Myself And I' is another one that grabs the attention from the off. Funky, jazzy with some eastern promise. More gorgeous bass and drums with eastern influenced guitar, followed by strong vocals. The melodies coming through in this are multi faceted, traditional classic rock intermingled with the different tones of the influences and the transitions are as smooth as the last pint of Guinness I had. Traces of the likes of Rush grab you but again the sound is their own.

'The Heart (Save Me)' goes back to the more traditional western guitar sounds but far from mundane ones. A very consistent sound of this band is the funky and sometimes even jazzy feel and this starts off in the same vein. Perhaps the likes of the Chilli Peppers are most known for that type of sound but 21 Octayne mix it up a lot more with their other influences and the effect is stunning. The bass is again prominent in this one, drums the perfect sparring partner, great riffs from the six string device and powerful vocals and singalong chorus even has time to make an appearance.

'Your Life' has a more in your face beginning, subtle yet forceful, followed by more great melodies and powerful rhythm. Whilst more in the traditional rock vein, this is anything but straightforward with more transitions between the musical layers. The chorus is particularly ear catching and the between chorus descent into the heavier altogether fits perfectly – it shouldn't but it does.

'I Will Always Be Right There' starts off as you would expect from the title, a soft, emotional expressive guitar and voice. Those who purely love the full force of the band may not like this one but in truth it belongs on the album as it is yet another example of their varied influences and it is done very well.

Never rising above the mellow guitar and vocals for the simple reason it has no need to, it is sure to be live staple, that well timed song to break up the raunch and with the ban on smoking everywhere these days (as well as on just about anything else that is fun) people have to have a use for their cigarette lighters.

'Leave My Head' is a different matter altogether, starting off with all the power they can muster with some more of that funk although this time at the heavier end, but it is there nonetheless and the more you listen to this album the more you get its impact on their sound. This isn't just about heavy though, transitioning between the different styles, the middle section especially leaving you not entirely sure where the track is going to go.

'Come Alive' is the album closer and there is absolutely no danger of not being very much alive by this point. This one is more built around the strong vocals, backing vocals adding a lot of depth to the chorus but this time it is the structure of the verses that stands out above all else, sometimes a little Journeyish in the rise and fall of the voice. Guitar in the middle intriguing and delivering yet again mesmerizingly before the chorus' come in again.

So there you have it. As a debut album it is good, very good and it will be interesting to see where they go from here. All of them are very finely tuned musicians (pun not entirely unintentional) and all do their own thing on the album but the impressive part is it all fits together so well and in this case the sum is equal to the four parts.

The tracks themselves are of such varied structure that there is never a danger of them repeating themselves as is often the case with even the best bands and it is that and I have said it before more than once, the songwriting. Without that, I really don't care what genius wizardry is involved with instruments, it is all for nothing. These guys have the wizardry AND the songwriting.

Do yourselves a favour and check out this album, you will be impressed, very impressed. In fact I am so sure of it that if you aren't I will listen to a Coldplay album and anyone that knows me will know I would prefer a slow and lingering death.

Online:
www.21-octayne.com
www.facebook.com/21OCTAYNE


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kiss KISS CAPTURE FULL LIVE EXPERIENCE WITH AUGUST RELEASE OF 'KISS ROCKS VEGAS'
"KaBOOM! We blew up the Joint at The Hard Rock in Vegas like never before. We are very proud of this and know that you will be blown away as well."

aerosmith WAS BREAKING NEWS: STEVEN TYLER ANNOUNCES AEROSMITH FAREWELL TOUR
Stand by for social media to go into overdrive and keep checking MetalTalk as we'll have more news on this when there is some...

yes WAS BREAKING NEWS: JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN REUNITE TO FORM ARW: UK TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
"I'm so excited to create new music and revisit some of the classic work we created many years ago. It's going to be a musical adventure on so many new levels."

marillion MARILLION REVEAL DETAILS OF THEIR NEW ALBUM AND IT'S GOT A VERY NAUGHTY TITLE
"We don't know how many more albums we'll make, or how long we'll live. Everything has to be the best it can be."

frontiers metal festival PRIMAL FEAR, LABYRINTH, VANDEN PLAS, LORDS OF BLACK AND MANY MORE ANNOUNCED FOR FRONTIERS METAL FESTIVAL
The bill is made up of seven international and Italian based bands, all of whom will please fans of the power and progressive Metal genres...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO GUITARIST RICK PARFITT AIRLIFTED HOME FROM TURKEY
Quo made the decision to carry on with their commitments last week and performed at the Rock On Windermere charity show on Saturday...

ritchie blackmores rainbow WAS BREAKING NEWS: RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW RISES IN LORELEY - SET LIST SPOILERS
After 21 years Ritchie Blackmore returns from medieval times to astound Loreley at Monsters Of Rock...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF "RESPONSIVE AND WELL" AFTER COLLAPSING ON STAGE LAST NIGHT
"He extends his heartfelt thanks for everyone's support and well wishes, and is expecting a speedy and full recovery..."

foo fighters FOO FIGHTERS SUING BRITISH INSURANCE COMPANIES OVER CANCELLED GIGS
Central to Foo Fighters' complaint is that three of those 53 shows were intended to be "make-up shows" for fans...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE 'AQUOSTIC II - ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD' PLUS HUGE BBC HYDE PARK SHOW
Status Quo have announced the release of a second acoustic album following the success of the original 'Aquostic' release in August 2014...

meat loaf MEAT LOAF AND JIM STEINMAN REUNITE: NEW ALBUM OUT IN SEPTEMBER
At around the same time that Meat Loaf collapsed on stage in Edmonton, Canada last night, it was announced that the new album is recorded and ready for release...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF COLLAPSES ON STAGE IN CANADA
Meat, real name Marvin Lee Aday, is 68-years-old and is one of the most successful recording artists of all time...

deep purple WAS BREAKING NEWS: DEEP PURPLE DRUMMER IAN PAICE SUFFERS A STROKE IN SWEDEN; MISSES PURPLE GIGS FOR THE FIRST SINCE SINCE 1968 FORMATION
"To all the people who were expecting to see Deep Purple in Sweden and Denmark this week I would like to let you know the reason the shows were not possible..."

metaltalk t shirts THIS SUMMER'S MOST SIGNIFICANT METAL FASHION ITEMS ARE HERE
The great news is that now, after many, many requests, we finally have MetalTalk t-shirts available for you...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: RICK PARFITT OF STATUS QUO SUFFERS HEART ATTACK AFTER TURKEY GIG
Rick is being treated in a hospital in Turkey and whilst his condition is serious, he has already demanded his customary cup of tea with two sugars and a sweetener...

maiden IRON MAIDEN PART COMPANY WITH ED FORCE ONE: SEE BRUCE SAY "GOODBYE" ON VIDEO HERE
"I'll miss the big bird but the show must go on and it certainly will."

grave digger GRAVE DIGGER ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
"We'll present a huge and intensive Metal package live on tour, as well as on our album. 36 years of Grave Digger – Metal is alive. Forever!"

lounge kittens THE LOUNGE KITTENS RELEASE THEIR VERSION OF AC/DC's 'DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP'
"The album doesn't come out till September and frankly, we're bored of keeping it all a secret. So we thought right, time to make some more videos..."

john otway OTWAY IN THE PARK: JOHN OTWAY JOINS LINE-UP OF CHICHESTER'S PRIORY PARK FESTIVAL
John Otway's addition to the bill confirms this eclectic new festival's place as a must-go-to-event...

queen QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT TO PLAY THAILAND FOR THE FIRST TIME
This is part of Queen's Asia tour which also includes two shows in Tokyo, the show at the F1 Grand Prix in Singapore and three more Asian cities which will be announced shortly...

hrh prog HRH PROG 5 ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Atomic Rooster reform and join Hawkwind, Wishbone Ash, John Lees BJH, Pendragon, IQ and more at HRH Prog 5...

orphaned land kobi fahri ORPHANED LAND'S KOBI FAHRI REVEALS SIDE PROJECT CONCEPT ALBUM 'KNA’AN' & EUROPEAN TOURING PLANS
Orphaned Land celebrate their 25th anniversary with a tour that includes Russian-Chinese and Middle Eastern Metal...

as lions AS LIONS GEARING UP FOR FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH USA TOUR
The London five-piece will be bringing their explosive live show on a huge US arena jaunt alongside Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown and Sixx:A.M during October and November...

bitches sin BITCHES SIN TO RELEASE BOTH VERSIONS OF 'INVADERS' AS ONE PACKAGE, 'ULTIMATE INVADERS'
The original ten track album went on to become a NWOBHM classic, so much so that back in their own country GI Records also released another version of it in 1988...

paradise lost PARADISE LOST SIGN WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
"It's pretty incredible to see how the label has become a real force in metal music over the years and now, in a new chapter for the band, it's exciting for Paradise Lost to be a part of Nuclear Blast!"

heart HEART TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN JULY - METALLICA'S JAMES HETFIELD MAKES GUEST APPEARANCE
"James just took the song on, and what he added was perfect with a bite and a rock accent."

crucified barbara CRUCIFIED BARBARA SADLY CALL IT A DAY
The Swedish rockers earned themselves a healthy reputation for providing ballsy rocking live shows and have toured with such legends as Motörhead, Clutch and Girlschool...

motorhead saxon SAXON WITH PHIL CAMPBELL AND MIKKEY DEE PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY AT METAL HAMMER'S GOLDEN GODS AT HAMMERSMITH ODEON
Lemmy, creator and leader of Motörhead, was paid tribute to in fine style tonight by comrades whose respect he had unconditionally earned...

amon amarth AMON AMARTH VIKING CRUSADE TO TOUR UK AND IRELAND THIS AUTUMN WITH TESTAMENT AND GRAND MAGUS ON THE BILL
"We are bringing our berserker party to a town near you and we hope to see you there so you can 'Raise Your Horns' together with us to glory!"

download festival IRON MAIDEN DRUMMER NICKO McBRAIN: "BRUCE DICKINSON IS MY HERO"
"I mean, just listen to the performance of 'Death Or Glory'. You know, that's just a little bit of what he gives in these live shows. And we're all having such a great time."

eric clapton ERIC CLAPTON SUFFERING FROM INCURABLE DAMAGE TO HIS NERVOUS SYSTEM AND IS STRUGGLING TO PLAY GUITAR
"I've had quite a lot of pain over the last year. And I've had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old..."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD DAY TO BE CELEBRATED IN LONDON IN JULY
"20th July has been chosen as it was their first date at the Roundhouse in 1975, hence the venue in Camden..."

sabaton SABATON RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'THE LOST BATTALION', FIRST SINGLE FROM 'THE LAST STAND'
'The Lost Battalion' is the name given to nine companies of the United States' 77th Division during the battle of the Argonne in 1918...

fields of nephilim FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM REVISIT 'ELIZIUM' AT THE SUMMER SOLSTICE SHOW
Fields Of The Nephilim revisit their most iconic album for the first time since its release...

ben ash acm CARCASS'S BEN ASH JOINS ACM LONDON'S TEACHING FACULTY
The Academy of Contemporary Music is extremely excited to bring its unique brand of education to London...

exodus EXODUS ANNOUNCED FOR 'BATTLE OF THE BAYS' UK SHOWS WITH OBITUARY
"We can't wait to see you all in the pit on such an epic, heavy tour!! Look out Europe you've been warned..."

twilight TWILIGHT FORCE TO RELEASE 'HEROES OF MIGHTY MAGIC' ON AUGUST 26th
"While we are still staying true to the essence of Power Metal, the songs, sounds and magic adventures have all evolved from the once drake hatchling into a colossal arcane arch-dragon..."

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR
Dark Funeral will go on the road with their label comrades Krisiun and Deserted Fear...

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK'S FIRST M2TM FINALS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The bill for the August spectacular is starting to fill up as quality fresh blood joins the line up from the Metal 2 The Masses finals...

wakrat RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE BASSIST SIGNS WAKRAT TO EARACHE RECORDS
"We have put a shit load of blood and sweat into this and we want it back! Our mission is to attack modern music and smash the grid. Unapologetic, unrelenting, unbridled and uncensored..."

alter bridge ALTER BRIDGE SIGN WITH NAPALM RECORDS
"We are very excited to see what the future brings and look forward to reconnecting with our fans in 2016..."

wolf hoffman WOLF HOFFMANN RELEASES 'SCHERZO' – THE FIRST SINGLE FROM 'HEADBANGERS SYMPHONY'
"I have always incorporated classical music in my songwriting with Accept, especially with 'Metal Heart', but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do..."

barb wire dolls BARB WIRE DOLLS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'DESPERATE' OUT ON 22nd JULY 2016
The album is released via Motörhead Music. After seeing Barb Wire Dolls live, Lemmy took an immediate interest in the band and placed them under his supportive wing...

epica powerwolf EPICA AND POWERWOLF ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR: LONDON TICKETS ON SALE NOW
"I really can't wait to be back on the road again and to see the music, the energy and our lovely fans become one. Until then!"

rock am ring BLACK SABBATH ROCK AM RING PERFORMANCE CANCELLED AFTER LIGHTNING STRIKES
Festival organizers vowed to resume the open-air event but local authorities revoked their license in the interests of fan safety...

queen and adam lambert QUEEN AND ADAM LAMBERT AT ROCK IN RIO, LISBON: PROFESSIONAL VIDEO FOOTAGE ONLINE HERE
"There's never going to be another and I'm not replacing him. That's not what I'm doing..."

ac dc AC/DC GO DOWN A STORM AS THEY STRAT THEIR STUFF IN LONDON
"Axl was amazing! His voice was incredible and he commanded the stage; plus they came on fifteen minutes earlier than scheduled!"

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN RELEASE OFFICIAL PERFORMANCE VIDEO FOR 'DEATH OR GLORY'
"He came over before we started recording and we wrote 'Speed Of Light' and 'Death Or Glory'."

alestorm ALESTORM SIGN NEW CONTRACT WITH NAPALM RECORDS... IN RUM
"Unfortunately we only had white rum left (all the good stuff had already been drunk), so our signatures are invisible. We'll leave that one to the lawyers to sort out."

ac dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED US TOUR DATES
"This band has got a ton of energy and you're going to see a fusion of all that terrific chemistry that we have felt ever since rehearsals in Lisbon..."

ricky warwick RICKY WARWICK & THE FIGHTING HEARTS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
"We can't wait to get back out there and play a full length set and I am delighted that my old friends Vice Squad will be special guests..."

johnny rotten JOHNNY ROTTEN: "I WAS BANNED FROM THE BBC FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST JIMMY SAVILE SEX CRIMES."
"If you said anything you'd be off playlists, but that didn't bother me as I was doing a good job of that independently..."

bad company WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAD COMPANY ANNOUNCE THE SWAN SONG UK TOUR WITH THREE ORIGINAL MEMBERS
"Returning to the UK with Bad Company where it all began 40 plus years ago is full circle for the band and the fans. It's always a pleasure to play in the UK."

saxon WAS BREAKING NEWS: SAXON ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH FASTWAY AND GIRLSCHOOL
"I think this line-up is unique, you don't wanna miss it. Looking forward to battering some halls... Welcome to the Metal church!"

dead daisies WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK FESTIVAL HEADLINE APPEARANCE AND DEBUT US HEADLINE GIG
"We have had some amazing bands perform at Planet Rockstock over the years and the Dead Daisies are right up there with the best of them."

wildfire festival WAS BREAKING NEWS: WILDFIRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE THE HORRORFLY STAGE
"For those that often think we don't do heavy, the latest additions should change that perception..."

sabaton SABATON AND ACCEPT ANNOUNCE FIRST DATES OF 'THE LAST TOUR'
"'The Last Tour' will be the biggest and best tour of Sabaton ever. It is the tour we have been looking forward to do for all these years!"

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE FIRST DATES OF THE FINAL BATTLE FAREWELL TOUR
The tour promises to be monstrous in terms of both number of dates and production and the first nine dates will be in Germany beginning on Novermber 24th 2017...

pink floyd PINK FLOYD POSTAGE STAMPS UNVEILED TO COMMEMORATE FIFTY YEARS OF THE BAND
The stamps are available to pre-order on the Post Office website and will be physically available in 8,000 UK post offices...

the tubes THE TUBES ANNOUNCE 'MONDO PULP' UK TOUR FOR OCTOBER
"I embrace my British heritage; the beer and the fish and chips and the best rock and roll fans in the world..."

fear factory FEAR FACTORY ANNOUNCE INTIMATE BLOODSTOCK WARM-UP SHOW IN BRIGHTON
This performance will precede their highly anticipated appearance at renowned Catton Park based metal festival...

sinsaedum JOEY JORDISON AND DRAGONFORCE'S FRED LECLERCQ REVEAL NEW BAND, SINSAENUM
"Joey Jordison sent me an SMS to ask what I was up to, so I told him about those death Metal songs..."

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