German rock act Voodoo Circle will release the new album "Raised On Rock" on February 9, 2018 as CD, Digipak and limited colored vinyl. The album marks the first release for new vocalist Herbie Langhans (Avantasia/Sinbreed), who replaced outgoing vocalist David Readman (Pink Cream 69/Almanac).
If you consider the songs on Voodoo Circle’s new album "Raised On Rock" to be an indicator of the current emotional condition the band's most important protagonists find themselves in, there seems to be no reason to worry about band founder, guitarist and main composer Alex Beyrodt (Primal Fear) in particular. Thanks to Beyrodt’s excellent songwriting – as usual inspired by renowned sources such as Whitesnake, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix – and his outstanding guitar performance, which brings to mind icons from Ritchie Blackmore through Jimmy Page to John Sykes, this recording oozes pure, unadulterated fervor. This exuberant energy, however, isn’t the merit of Beyrodt alone but, without doubt, also that of his colleagues Mat Sinner (bass), Francesco Jovino (drums) and – last, but not least, new vocalist Langhans. Beyrodt and Langhans met in 2015 at the Wacken Open Air, when they belted out the Wacken anthem together from the gigantic Black Stage.
Beyrodt commented: “The amazing thing about this story is that Herbie and I had never met before, but talked to each other in person for the very first time after we’d rocked only minutes earlier the 100,000 people in front of the stage and around four million viewers in front of their TV sets.” With Langhans as the group’s new frontman, the stylistic direction of the Voodoo Circle compositions hasn’t significantly changed – unlike the general flair of the material: “I feel that the band sounds even more autonomous, a little less bluesy and much meatier with Herbie at the mic,” Beyrodt enthuses. “This allowed me to work on ideas which would probably not really have suited his predecessor David Readman, but are absolutely perfect for Herbie’s powerful voice.” The Voodoo Circle boss is referring to numbers such as "Running Away From Love" with its anthemnic vocal melody and the subsequent mid-tempo rock track "Higher Love," which went down a treat with the audience at its official live debut.
Beyrodt: “In the beginning, the song caused me a number of sleepless nights because I felt that there was still one small, all-important element missing. Then I came up with the idea of the talk box, which lends it a different, very interesting note. To me, 'Higher Love' in its current form is one of the best Voodoo Circle numbers of all time.”
The almost six-and-a-half-minute "Dreamchaser" - with its Blackmore references - dates back to the very early days of the group. Beyrodt had originally composed it for the 2008 Voodoo Circle debut album but wasn’t entirely satisfied with the result at the time. “The arrangement of the number was changed and overhauled repeatedly over the years, now it’s matured to the point where it was ready for recording,” said the guitarist. "You Promised Me Heaven" sees Beyrodt delve deep into the Page/Sykes bag of tricks, a veritable guitar festival featuring Telecaster, Strat and Les Paul sounds which support the bluesy feel of the track, adding even greater depth. Talking of the sound: "Raised On Rock" was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, U.D.O.), whose unerring instinct for dynamics and frequencies lends the recording its modern touch. Another musician contributed significantly to the tight overall impression of Raised On Rock: the keyboards were manned by Corvin Bahn (Saxon, Uli Jon Roth). So all in all, we can say that the new Voodoo Circle album truly lives up to its programmatic title. The track listing and artwork can be found here: 1. Running Away From Love 2. Higher Love 3. Walk On The Line 4. You Promised Me Heaven 5. Just Take My Heart 6. Where Is The World We Love 7. Ultimate Sin 8. Chase Me Away 9. Unknown Stranger 10. Dreamchaser 11. Love Is An Ocean 12. Time For The Innocent (Digipak Bonus Track) 13. There's More To See (Digipak Bonus Track)