(8/10) The start of 21 Octayne was aready in 2008  when Axxis was looking for a new drummer. That was the moment when Marco Wriedt and Alex Landenburg met in the rehearsal room. Eventhough Landenburg didn't join the German melodic hardrock institution it was clear to both of them to do some music together. 
After a couple of jam sessions 21 Octayne became more realistic than ever. After adding Hagen Grohe, who also singing for Aerosmith's guitarist Joe Perry, to the band the line-up was completed. 

As a first release the debut "Into the open" sees the light of day in these days. The music can be described as hardrock with some really metal elements. The opener "She's killing me", in which riff meets melodic chorus, is a good proof. The slow beginning of "Dear friend" is a cool misleading section. While expecting a ballad the song turns into a heavy riff based metal tune, which has some real powerful modern metal guitar sounds. Another cool track is "Don't turn away". When I hear the cool bassline in the beginning I could even see the jam sessions in front of my eyes. "My teddy bear" is a dirty street rocker while the title track is a ballad with a great chorus. You can feel the open in this song.  The highly melodic "Me, myself and I" reminds with it's beautiful chorus to Gotthard before "Your life" closes an awesome debut album.

I was curious about the album and I have to say that it fulfilled my expectations. Powerful hardrock with great melody lines and an indescribable feeling for hooks and harmonies. I like the album.




  1. She's killing me
  2. Dear friend
  3. Turn the world
  4. Don't turn away
  5. My teddy bear
  6. Into the open
  7. Me myself and I
  8. The heart (save me)
  9. Your life


Label: AFM Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review 21 OCTAYNE "Into the open"
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