Ana and the Black Mamba – All is Wrong (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ana and the Black Mamba - All is Wrong - Album CoverWhere is Ana? That was the quest the RMR deck crew and its captain embarked on when starting with All is Wrong of Ana and the Black Mamba. Because, for the life of us, the expected Amy Winehouse lookalike did not happen. ‘Tis a guy singing, right? And there’s no chick anywhere in prominent position. For sure not in front of any microphone. 

Well, in desperation we inquired with the band. And – lo and behold – Ana does not exist. Instead, the word means ‘I’ in Arabic. There you go: Contrite RockmusicRaider got himself a foreign language lesson. Albeit, a pretty short one.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Dirty Sound Magnet in Concert add lava to Rock Oz’Arènes!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Dirty Sound Magnet - Rock Oz'Arènes - 2018I now have seen Dirty Sound Magnet live twice. The first time around in 2014, promoting their flagship What Lies Behind. That was back in their old incarnation, when they sported Zep-fueled tunes on a bed of crunchy rock.

This time they got my attention right this week at the Rock Oz’Arènes festival in Avenches, the old Roman stronghold. And boy did things change: Gone are the musings from the past and in comes what the band calls Cryptic or Creative Rock. A mixture of Psychedelic and (very) Avantgarde Rock. Want proof of the pudding? Then try their latest album Western Lies from 2017. And truly, ’tis a potion not easily found on today’s modern music scene of pseudo Latino-Pop and Electro-scented front-runners for the mean masses. 

Dirty Sound Magnet‘s performance at the pretty laid-back summer festival of Rock Oz’Arènes blew everything out of the water that day. No Calexico, Stereophonics and not even Texas got anywhere near to the oomph and projection power these local boys could muster. Okay admitted, styles may be different and the old bands still draw a large crowd. But they don’t really produce anything new anymore, and don’t even try. And that’s exactly the crux of the matter. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Oubliette – The Passage (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Oubliette - The Passage - Album CoverToday I hunger for some truly dark metal. A tune to slake my thirst for the obscure, the unspeakable that dwells down in the fiery pit. The metal manifestation of all these unholy urges that sometimes try to besmirch your inner self. And still, Black Metal often is mana for the soul. The calming agent that – believe it or not – will quiet the screams inside you.

The Tennessee-based band Oubliette and their newest record The Passage turned out to be the perfect remedy for the RMR deck crew’s aches and pains. Their tune floated about the officescape for a while now. And for good reason.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!