Energetic, massive, focussed – that’s how Mob Rules appear on their new album. The success of their previous album “Tales from Beyond” was the impetus being used by the six rockers to bundle their energies and produce this new and very straightforward album.
With dense sound, straightforward songs and the familiar big melodies, Mob Rules go directly to the listener’s ears. Rough and fast-paced they move across the roots of metal, to haunting, modern compositions, which makes their sound more fresh and up-to-date than ever.
New band member Sönke Janssen also has a hand in this: Being the new second guitarist he expands and completes Mob Rules’ sound spectrum. Not only within the band things are moving, they also get input from outside: Jens Bogren took over mastering. He works with great artists like KREATOR and AMORPHIS at his “Fascination Street Studios” in Sweden. Bogren is a real guarantor for a punchy sound. Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann (ORDEN OGAN) is responsible for most of the choirs and yet again accountable for the mix of the album is Markus Teske.
There’s a lot ahead for Mob Rules: In 2018 they celebrate the release of their ninth studio album, 2019 their 25th anniversary … Sounds like outdated, dusty rock-geezers? Far from it! These guys are fresh like never before! “Straight, fastforward and powerful” describes the six Nordics, who sound younger than ever.
That’s also what the audience feels at Mob Rules concerts, when they are being caught by a soundwave, that seems to come straight out of the cold, harsh North Sea, where Mob Rules have their roots. Here everything is going to be flooded with crystal clear and mighty sounds. Like splashing spray, they swirl through the room raw and powerfully, causing eardrums to vibrate and heads to bang. No one sits still, while Mob Rules perform. This specific energy grows through the music and rises above, to an emotional bond between the band and their audience, which the musicians highly appreciate. They maintain close contact to the public, their fans can rely on meeting the band at the merch booth after each and every single show. But it is not only this special closeness, what defines Mob Rules as an outstanding Live-Act: it is also the titanic performance of singer Klaus Dirks. Being the frontman he gives his best while bombarding the audience with his clear, outstanding voice. He dominates the show, unites the music with his performance – one can hardly believe this phenomenon to be an autodidact.
Klaus Dirks, who was co-founder of Mob Rules in 1994 in Wilhelmshaven, gathered five gifted musicians around himself, who sound perfectly in tune with each other on this new album. Latest addition is Sönke Janssen, who completes the band as second guitarist with his technical sophisticated and yet passionate play. In 2017 he got to share the stage with Axel Rudi Pell, who invited Mob Rules to support his tour. Lead guitarist and songwriter Sven Lüdke was Janssens guitar teacher for years and brought him into the band. That explains the high level of mutual trust between them, which lead to a melodic expressive und virtuous sound. Lüdke himself, being a band member since 2005, soon got to experience some of the bands highlights: a support tour with UFO through Germany and Scandinavia in 2007, and a concert in front of 25.000 people at Magic Circle Festival in 2007.
Shortly after Lüdke, Markus Brinkman joined, to enhance the band with his straightforward bass play. The love for his instrument is to be heard with every strike of the strings. Without frills he ensures the unique deep, strong feeling, which makes Mob Rules distinctive. Also drummer Nikolas Fritz is conductive to this. His well versed, passionate play makes Mob Rules drums bang, crack and explode, which they showed shortly after Fritz’ entry into the band at the Bloodstock Open Air in Derbyshire, UK. Being a graduate graphic artist, Fritz creates the special artworks for Mob Rules. Also Jan Christian Halfbrodt has a hand in the one-of-a-kind atmosphere of Mob Rules, by building new fantastic worlds with his lyrics and as a keyboarder. Being a part of the band since 2011, he started the second journey to the USA of Mob Rules: In 2011 they played at Prog Power Festival in Atlanta.
This band constellation has got the lot: Two headliner tours followed in 2014 and 2016, as well as various festival appearances, a 20th anniversary fan-box, support for the release shows of Orden Ogan in 2017 and two studio albums. Especially their last album “Tales from Beyond” was praised by the critics saying that it blows some fresh wind, which gives a new lift to the band. With that energy they plunged into work, to produce this new album, which will convince anyone in August 2018 with its dynamics and innovative power.
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