Made In Switzerland (Live In ZÃ¼rich)
Swiss rockers deliver the goods live
You could hardly call them newcomers to the hard rock scene after seven albums and fourteen years together, but for most people outside of Europe, that's exactly what Swiss rockers Gotthard were with the release of their phenomenal eighth album (And first for Nuclear Blast Records) Lipservice in 2005. Hailed by many as huge return to rocking form (The band drifted into more A.O.R. territory for a few releases prior to Lipservice), Gotthard took to the road once again to capitalise on their newfound media exposure and critical acclaim with an extensive tour of Europe, which has resulted in Gotthard's latest and greatest live C.D./D.V.D. package Made In Switzerland (Live In Zürich).
Although having already released some live material in the past (1996's hard to find five track E.P. The Hamburg Tapes, 1997's live acoustic album D-Frosted and 2002 More Than Live D.V.D.), Made In Switzerland (Live In Zürich) is by far the most satisfying and definitive live event for any diehard Gotthard fans, with plenty of the bands old favourites combined with newer efforts, thus giving a solid overview of the bands vast history.
Written with the intention of being played live, the six tracks lifted from 2005's Lipservice sound perfectly catered toward a live audience, with the opening number All We Are, Dream On, the anthem like Lift U Up and the heavy Anytime, Anywhere standing out as the strongest from the said album. For the remainder of the album, the band (Who are vocalist Steve Lee, guitarists Leo Leoni and Freddy Scherer, bassist Marc Lynn and drummer Hena Habegger) maintains the sold out Hallenstadion crowd's attention every step of the way with past classics such as Mountain Mama (From 1994's Dial Hard), the harmonia introduced Sister Moon (From 1997's G.) and Top Of The World (From 2003's Human Zoo). No Gotthard concert is without its lighter in the air ballad like numbers, and this time around we're treated with plenty, with Let It Be (From 1997's G.) and Heaven (From 2001's Homerun) being the best picks.
In amongst their extensive repertoire, Gotthard also manage to produce a couple of covers as well, with Deep Purple's Hush, Bob Dylan's Mighty Quinn and Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song all given a rousing run through, and all done with perfection.
With an amazing production sound, and equally impressive performance from both the band (Especially with Lee's vocals) and crowd alike, Made In Switzerland (Live In Zürich) is a testament to Gotthard's continued efforts to bring back quality hard rock.
(Nuclear Blast Records/Riot! Distributors)