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Picture - Live!! – 40 Years Heavy Metal Ears 1978 - 2018

Picture - Live!! – 40 Years Heavy Metal Ears 1978 - 2018

Label : Pure Steel Records | Archive under heavy / power metal

Release type: Full-length CD

Sjak : The band Picture still brings quite some nostalgic feelings to the surface with me, as this was the first real heavy metal band of which I attended a live-show. That was somewhere in 1981, just after the release of the fantastic ‘Heavy Metal Ears’ album when they did a tour through the Netherlands to promote that record. I witness their performance in Etten-Leur, where Vandale and the local band Earthquake were the support acts and that awesome show is still imprinted in my memory. At that time no one had ever dared to suspect that anno 2018 the band would still be active and even have issued the plan to release a new album somewhere next year.

Through the years the band has known many different line-ups, but for me the original band with bass player Rinus Vreugdenhil, drummer Laurens “Bakkie” Bakker, guitar player Jan Bechtum and singer Ronald van Prooien still is the ultimate Picture line-up and as such they have reunited in 2016 with the addition of second guitar player Appie de Gelder. Now they have released this live album with really makes you relive the “golden” period of the band. Tunes like ‘Heavy Metal Ears’, ‘Lady Lightning’, ‘Eternal Dark’, ‘No No No’ and of course the ultimate Picture classic ‘Bombers’ still sound great and haven’t lost anything of their original charm during all those years. The guitar tandem Bechtum/de Gelder functions excellently and also the voice of singer Ronald van Prooien still doesn’t show any sign of wear and tear. The great song material, the fantastic execution thereof and the nice rough sound that characterizes this live album are all elements that account for the fact that this ‘Live!! – 40 Years Heavy Metal Ears 1978 – 2018’ has become a very good, but especially honest live registration of Hollands’ first and probably also best metal band. Every traditional metal fan will absolutely be charmed of what Picture still has to offer anno 2018. Keep on rockin’, guys!

1. You’re All Alone
2. Get Back Or You Fall
3. Message From Hell
4. Night Hunter
5. The Hangman
6. Night Tiger
7. No No No
8. Old Dogs New Tricks
9. Live By The Sword
10. Eternal Dark
11. Diamond Dreamer
12. Heavy Metal Ears
13. Unemployed
14. Bombers
15. Lady Lightning
16. You Can Go
17. Spend The Night With You

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