Insomnium – Winter’s Gate (2016) – Review

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

RockmusicRaider Review - Insomnium - Winter's Gate - Album CoverIt was one of those #metal moments! Winter’s Gate, Insomnium‘s 7th full length release, signed to Century Media Records finally arrived at my doorstep. And what do I find? One 40 minute monster track. Come again, they did what? What on earth are they noodling about? With trepidation we think back to similar attempts made by the likes of Pink Floyd and others way back in time when monstrous, rambling concoctions were fashionable.

And not many protagonists – with some  laudable exceptions – pulled these offerings off well enough to really impress the audience ever since. Let’s be honest. So, here I sat wondering what disaster loomed ahead in this new record. And what this would do to the reputation of Insomnium, who just proved their worth in their latest album Shadows of the Dying Sun.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

NordWitch – Mørk Profeti (2016) – Review

Record Rating: RockmusicRaider Review - 8 Star Rating 

RockmusicRaider Review - Nordwitch - Mork Profeti - Album CoverTo stand out from this vast Death Metal populace is hard. Real hard. I usually find an endless procession of coequal black-clad Death Metal outfits of all flavors on my promo list. All of those trying to sell the same bland soup all over again. Jockeying for position in a genre that somehow lost a lot of its lustre over time. And then there are those bands that are able to just give you this trifle added spice.

NordWitch is one of them. Back in January of this year, the band already got on the RockmusicRaider radar. And a really promising radar blip it was. Only to disappear again for long months, despite the promise that a #metal record should indeed be forthcoming shortly. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Serious Black – Mirrorworld (2016) – Review

Record Rating: RockmusicRaider Review - 5 Star Rating – Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Review - Serious Black - Mirrorworld - Album CoverHarry Potter is back in his transcendent form of Serious Black – the band. And this only a short year after their astonishingly powerful firstling As Daylight Breaks. I still remember when I hit the play button the first time. It felt like being in a jet fighter taking off. Bang it went, and you just hoped, you got these shock absorbing seats that could take the brunt of the attack. And clearly at first we thought that this bunch of old guys (well, yeah..) were not able to punch this one through. How wrong: All seasoned musicians, the band pulled this off beautifully and got us a really powerful record to enjoy. This first album played often on RockmusicRaider’s music systems and still does today.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Delain – Moonbathers (2016) – Review

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

RockmusicRaider Review - Delain - Moonbathers - Album CoverI’ll be damned, time flies really fast. It is already ten years and five full length albums down the road for the Dutch Symphonic and Gothic Metal band Delain. Now crowned with their latest record Moonbathers, signed to Napalm Records

Already their very first album Lucidity impressed me greatly. To find a début of an unknown band at such a level of professionalism was astounding. The whole record exuded a freshness and carefree attitude that – sadly – started lacking on future albums. And of course the undeniable vocal powers – then and now – of Charlotte Wessels contributed greatly to the success of the band. April Rain – their second – followed in the same footsteps.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Smokey Fingers – Promised Land (2016) – Review

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

RockmusicRaider Review - Smokey Fingers - Promised Land - Album CoverSometimes it does the soul good to be transported to yonder laid back times of Easy Rider (the film), Doc Hollyday, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the likes. Just makes you want to put on your cowboy boots, hunt for these tight jeans, don a Stetson and go a-cruisin’. Down dusty highways, across broken service stations to stop at a saloon in a windy town for beers, burgers and fun.

Now, when I first saw the trailer Smokey Fingers issued and these guys talked in Italian, I scratched my head, not sure where this was all heading. But then you start twirling Promised Land and out comes stellar Stoner Rock of the Southern kind, (Italian tainted) drawl and all.Got hooked? Raid this some more...