Arduini/Balich – Dawn of Ages (2017) – Review

Record Rating: RockmusicRaider Review - 7 Star Rating  – Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Review - Arduini / Balich - Dawn of Ages -Album CoverIn the beginning I was skeptical. Six tracks of original content only and three re-heated ideas? And of old, much rehashed base material to boot? Well, hell’s bells, not sure about that one. That is how the RockmusicRaider offices started on Arduini/Balich‘s début record Dawn of Ages, booked onto Cruz Del Sur Music

The project saw its first flickering light of consciousness in 2013, when Victor Arduini wrapped up the experience with Freedoms Reign. He then recruited Butch Balich and the drummer Chris Judge from his former venue. A serious lack of creativity in the name ingenuity department notwithstanding, the band members are relatively well known. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Thormesis – Trümmerfarben (2017) – Review

Record Rating: RockmusicRaider Review - 6 star rating  Apple Music Badge – Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Review - Thormesis - Trümmerfarben - Album CoverA somewhat subtle hype was discernible lately in the closed confines of the Black Metal fan crowd. Like the odours of a black mass on the breeze, wafting through the morbid realms of a lonesome and foggy cemetery. A subtle wave of expectation that went on for a while. But now they are here: After some two years of wait, the German band Thormesis released their newest and fifth full length album Trümmerfarben, signed to MDD Records. Of course, expectations were high after their last offering Freier Wille – Freier Geist. This album got pretty high marks throughout the board. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Ghost Avenue – Impact (2017) – Review

Record Rating: RockmusicRaider Review - 6 star rating  Apple Music Badge – Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Review - Ghost Avenue - Impact - Album CoverThis sounds like homecoming, folks. Good, soothing old Heavy Metal with no holds barred. The metal equivalent of motherhood, apple pie and the flag. Listening to this sound gives you this warm, cozy feeling of past good times, doesn’t it? Well, maybe not, if you are not old enough to remember.

This latest offering of Ghost Avenue harkens back to the times, when the ’80s were deliriously high on NWoBHM and all its bands. Many of them are still around, alive and kickin’ to this day. Well, then again not quite that many anymore, as we just saw a few important departures in 2016. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Xandria – Theater of Dimensions (2017) – Review

Record Rating: RockmusicRaider Review - 7 Star Rating  Apple Music Badge – Buy with Amazon! 

RockmusicRaider Review - Xandria - Theater of Dimensions - Album CoverThey did it. They finally dit it. Xandria managed to keep one of their female fronts a bit longer than for a felt stretch of one album only. So, here they again feature the classically trained Dutch singer Dianne Van Giersbergen on their second album in a row. And rightly so. Talented girl that she is, she can easily match a range from Tarja Turunen, over Floor Jansen and back to Simone Simons. And that means something.

As the band’s progression goes, already their last contribution Sacrificium was a step up the star-studded ladder of operatic glory. This makes you wonder where their latest and seventh full length record Theater of Dimensions will take us.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Vanha – Within the Mist of Sorrow (2016) – Review

Record Rating: RockmusicRaider Review - 9 star rating  Apple Music Badge – Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Review - Vanha - Within The Mist fo Sorrow - Album Cover2016 was a pretty good year for all things doom, methinks. RockmusicRaider just released a review on the US band Khemmis and their kind of progressive and melodious doomish self. And – whoom – here we go again. The fearless RMR scout team just unearthed a tasty morsel of a similar ilk from very late in 2016. But mostly delivered in best, growly Doom Metal fashion – with clear vocals and croaks expertly mixed. And the team here thought that the slowly chugging beat of My Dying Bride could not be bested. But the Swedish act Vanha with their début Within the Mist of Sorrow – signed to Black Lion Records – are a sure contender to do just that.Got hooked? Raid this some more...