Pink Cream 69 Headstrong

This marks the 30th anniversary for the bizarrely named Germans, best known for contributing singer Andi Deris to post-Kiske Helloween. While guitarist Alfred Koffler remains the lone original, bassist/producer Dennis Ward joined soon after their formation and Deris’ replacement David Readman (also of Voodoo Circle) has been there since ’94. Original drummer Kosta Zafiriou left in ’12, following Ward in Unisonic, but has since retired from being a professional musician. Compared to their contemporary crop of Teutonic power metal, the Creamers have always inhabited the shallow end of the pool. Take the poppy commercialism of “Walls Come Down” as Exhibit 1A. “Vagrant Of The Night” and album closing “The Other Man” are countrified, acoustic laced power ballads. Perfect for current state of FM radio in North America, but hardly what I want to import from Deutschland.

The label is trying to re-position the band alongside labelmates Pretty Maids. In that regard, there’s “Path Of Destiny”, a melodic metal number. The stripper strut of “Bloodsucker” would have been a huge hit (and accompanying video) during the Eighties. To offset the lighter stuff and show how some of it translates heavier, onstage, there’s a bonus disc, containing nine live songs, from Ludwigsburg, Germany, back in ’13. Between songs, Englishmen Readman speaks to the crowd in their native tongue. “Break The Silence” and “Livin’ My Life For Your” are meaty slabs of energetic hard rock. “Wasted Years” is an original, not the oft covered Iron Maiden tune by the same name. Concert disc probably increases review of overall package by one point.

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Pink Cream 69 Headstrong

Artist: Pink Cream 69
Album: Headstrong
Genre: Metal
Label: Frontiers Music SRL.
Release Date: November 10, 2017

HEADSTRONG marks the 30th Anniversary of German hard rockers Pink Cream 69! And what better way to celebrate than by adding yet another gem to their already spectacular discography! Produced by bassist (and renowned producer) Dennis Ward, HEADSTRONG sees the same line-up from 2013’s well received “Ceremonial” album return to deliver fans another hard rocking set of quality songs, their 12th studio album overall. And as a special treat, the new release includes a bonus live album featuring songs from across the band’s catalogue.

PINK CREAM 69 was founded in 1987 by singer Andi Deris, guitarist Alfred Koffler, drummer Kosta Zafiriou, who were later joined by bassist Dennis Ward. Deris left the band in 1994 and after auditioning various singers was replaced by Englishman David Readman. In 2001, news emerged that guitarist Alfred Koffler suffered from Focal Dystonia, a serious disease that affected his left hand and his playing. For their upcoming live shows, the band recruited second guitarist Uwe Reitenauer to help out Alfred on stage and he would eventually become a full-time member. Drummer Chris Schmidt would later step in after the departure of Zafirou in 2012.

TRACKLISTING:

Studio Album:

We Bow To None

Walls Come Down

Unite And Divide

No More Fear

Man Of Sorrow

Path Of Destiny

Vagrant Of The Night

Bloodsucker

Whistleblower

The Other Man

Bonus Live Album (Recorded In Ludwigsburg (2013):

Special

Talk To The Moon

Break The Silence

Do You Like It Like That

The Spirit

Livin’ My Life For You

Wasted Years

Welcome The Night

Shame

PRODUCED BY: Dennis Ward

BAND MEMBERS:

David Readman – vocals

Alfred Koffler – guitars

Uwe Reitenauer – guitars

Dennis Ward – bass

Chris Schmidt – drums

Pink Cream 69 Links:

• Official Website: http://www.pinkcream69.de/

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PinkCream69Official/

Artist: Pink Cream 69
Album: Headstrong
Genre: Metal
Label: Frontiers Music SRL.
Release Date: November 10, 2017

HEADSTRONG marks the 30th Anniversary of German hard rockers Pink Cream 69! And what better way to celebrate than by adding yet another gem to their already spectacular discography! Produced by bassist (and renowned producer) Dennis Ward, HEADSTRONG sees the same line-up from 2013’s well received “Ceremonial” album return to deliver fans another hard rocking set of quality songs, their 12th studio album overall. And as a special treat, the new release includes a bonus live album featuring songs from across the band’s catalogue.

PINK CREAM 69 was founded in 1987 by singer Andi Deris, guitarist Alfred Koffler, drummer Kosta Zafiriou, who were later joined by bassist Dennis Ward. Deris left the band in 1994 and after auditioning various singers was replaced by Englishman David Readman. In 2001, news emerged that guitarist Alfred Koffler suffered from Focal Dystonia, a serious disease that affected his left hand and his playing. For their upcoming live shows, the band recruited second guitarist Uwe Reitenauer to help out Alfred on stage and he would eventually become a full-time member. Drummer Chris Schmidt would later step in after the departure of Zafirou in 2012.

TRACKLISTING:

Studio Album:

We Bow To None

Walls Come Down

Unite And Divide

No More Fear

Man Of Sorrow

Path Of Destiny

Vagrant Of The Night

Bloodsucker

Whistleblower

The Other Man

Bonus Live Album (Recorded In Ludwigsburg (2013):

Special

Talk To The Moon

Break The Silence

Do You Like It Like That

The Spirit

Livin’ My Life For You

Wasted Years

Welcome The Night

Shame

PRODUCED BY: Dennis Ward

BAND MEMBERS:

David Readman – vocals

Alfred Koffler – guitars

Uwe Reitenauer – guitars

Dennis Ward – bass

Chris Schmidt – drums

Pink Cream 69 Links:

• Official Website: http://www.pinkcream69.de/

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PinkCream69Official/

Source: XSROCK