Author: Peter Toussaint

Musician. Music Critic. Born and bred in Holland, but living in South Africa

We almost missed one of the most anticipated albums of this year, the second full album of Greta Van Fleet, The Battle at Garden’s Gate. The brothers Kiszka (Josh on vocals, Jake on guitar and Sam on bass and keyboards) together with Danny Wagner on drums found time in 2019 in their touring schedule to get into the studio with producer Greg Kurstin (Foo Fighters, Adele, Beck, Paul McCartney). I guess we can blame Corona for the long wait since. Of course Greta Van Fleet has been both hailed as saviors of rock and as poor replicas of Led Zeppelin…

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Royal Blood has released their third album Typhoons and with it decided to find their way on the dance floor. The album still has it’s one foot in rock but the other one has inched its  way more in the classic disco. The result is a very pleasant, commercially palatable mix of hooks, vocal soundscapes over generally basic rhythms. Of course the sound of front man Mike Kerr’s richly enhanced bass guitar is there together with keyboards and lots of vocals. But listening to the album I expected to at any time hear Nile Rodgers come in with his typical…

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After nine years of relative silence and a new label The Offspring has finally released a new studio album Let The Bad Times Roll. The album consists of 12 new tracks (including the already in 2015 released single “Coming For You”). Here’s my review of Let The Bad Times Roll Of course the hand and voice of front man Dexter Holland is immediately recognisable but I’m slightly disappointed. I don’t hear the rawness that made The Offspring one of the leading pop-punk rock bands. The sound is rather polished and the poppy element has been raised to cheesy levels. On…

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Social Cues is already the fifth studio album by Cage the Elephant. The band has been going on for 11 years. After a few songs I know already that I’ll have to listen this album a few times before I can pass judgement. The reason is the absolute polished (and sometimes predictable?) sound of this album. Here’s my review of Social Cues For a band that was put down as an Alt-Rock band with Dave Grohl filling in on drums, this sounds very “Brit” poppy. On Social Cues, Cage the Elephant shows a preference for drum machines and keyboards over guitar.…

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Over the past 10 years Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames have regularly been roasted for deviating from their roots and creating more standard alternative metal. Let’s see if this trend is continued on “I, The Mask” (their latest album). Here’s my review of In Flames – I, The Mask The album opens with a strong ‘Voices’ and I hear the melodic metal I would expect. I think everything is right with this track. Title track ‘I, The Mask’ continues this way. Fast and heavy, vocals only sung in the chorus (with keyboards), the verses screamed. Bridge, solo, all…

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At the end of January Henno already wrote an article about “The Hex and The Healer” (the debut album from Joburg garage rockers Hellcats). It’s been a while since that happened and I’ve only had a chance to review it now. On the album Alessandro (drums and vocals) and Warwick (guitar) kept it simple: No extra instruments. So just drums, guitars and vocals. And that also means no bass. When I started listening I doubted that… I mean, how heavy and deep can you make a guitar? There must be a bass playing along! Listening a bit more intense I…

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amo is the 6th studio album of Sheffield band Bring Me The Horizon. On this album they now really leave their metalcore roots behind. Of course we still have the occasional screaming of front man Oliver Sykes but we also have modern commercial pop. We see the extension of the journey in the direction of more poppy sounds that was already taken on their previous album “That’s the Spirit”. Love it or hate it, it’s most certainly a brave move. The album starts with the electronic sounds of I apologise if you feel something. And yes, old fans of Bring Me…

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Great news rock fans! Son of Hawk have released their self-titled debut album! The album features 12 tacks of no nonsense groove rock and features special guest appearances from some of South Africa’s rock royalty like Albert Frost, Andre Kriel (The Black Cat Bones), Jaco Mans (Tidal Waves, Die See) and William Bishop (Fuzigish, The Slashdogs). Son of Hawk was founded in the surfing paradise of Jeffrey’s Bay (in the Eastern Cape) on the 1st of August 2017 by established musicians from all over South Africa. Heine van der Walt (from Pretoria) is on guitar and vocals, Ashley Hilton Jacobs…

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Riaan Nieuwenhuis is not a newcomer on the South African Music scene. He is connected to many bands and projects such as Delta Blue, The Violent Free Peace and has released 3 solo albums before coming out with Reminiscence. Here’s my review of Riaan Nieuwenhuis’ latest album On the instrumental album, Riaan Nieuwenhuis plays keyboards, guitar and drums. The album is divided into two sections with a nice bluesy encore. The first part shows Riaan’s jazz roots in a modern jacket. ‘Silk’ is full of trip hop beats, flutes and piano and will be welcomed on the dance floor. ‘Cruising’…

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For those who don’t know who Myles Kennedy is (shame!), he is the lead singer and guitar player of Alter Bridge, did the vocals for Slash’s solo albums and has collaborated with many artists. Oh, he has also recorded with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham but the result of that has never been brought out. In 2009 he started working on a solo album and now, 9 years later, Year of the Tiger has been released. The album moves away from the much heavier Alter Bridge and shows Myles’ more intimate songwriting skills as well as his impressive vocals. His voice…

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Pedro Barbosa is the Mozambican born front man of The Barbosa Experience and previously front man of the successful band Mrs B. Oh, yes, he is also my band mate in The Barbosa Experience and several other projects… Last year Pedro started with his solo project and recorded his solo album. For me the album can be split in two. The first 5 songs: forget about Mrs. B and forget about The Barbosa Experience. On Reborn Pedro showcases his love for pure commercial music. The last 4 songs show how Pedro can make beautiful compositions. But let’s start at the start.…

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