Caligula’s Horse – Rise Radiant (2020) – Review

Last updated on 2 October 2020

      RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo

RockmusicRaider - Caligula's Horse - Rise Radiant - Album Cover

It appears that a somewhat limited, yet pretty high-octane offering of prog will pass over the RMR review counter this year. And that’s a good thing. Even if we would have liked to see more, much more.

After the 2019 disappointment that Leprous produced, the deckhands on this RMR cruiser really look forward to some revival of Progressive Metal. Yet, Steven Wilson already telegraphed his urge to exploit the cheesily sweet pop soundscape worse than his current release To The Bone ever dared. And his next record will only show … [...] Click to raid more!

Cirith Ungol – Forever Black (2020) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

      RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo

RockmusicRaider - Cirith Ungol - Forever Black - Album Cover

Black Sabbath are often claimed to be ground zero for all things metal and rock. The poor chaps appear to be guilty of every style and direction the metal multiverse meandered through. How on earth this might be possible, I frankly can’t fathom.

But hey, it’s always easy to state that particularly well-known band with the flamboyant Ozzy as their figurehead. They truly are – or were – dinosaurs, products of that primeval sound chaos from which today’s rock and metal emerged.

Yet, whilst they surely had an influence on … [...] Click to raid more!

Corte di Lunas – Tales from the Brave Lands (2020) – Review

Last updated on 2 October 2020

      RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo

RockmusicRaider - Corte Di Lunas - Tales From The Brave Lands - Album Cover

The RMR deck crew lately came across a score of pretty promising folk bands. All kinda trying to escape the supremacy of outfits that often brandish their Medieval and Pagan Folk like an oversized, sophisticated weapon.

Last year, we enjoyed the Swiss band Kyn and their pretty juicy medieval offering. Those that got – contrary to management’s instructions – a full review on an EP. And that’s proof of quality right there. Or – again – Shadygrove got some attention with a poppier brand of that folk thing back in … [...] Click to raid more!

Crypt Sermon – The Ruins of Fading Light (2019) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

      RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo

RockmusicRaider - Crypt Sermon - The Ruins of Fading Light - Album Cover

I have an almost sentimental connection to Crypt Sermon. The review for their first full-length record Out of the Garden came to this blog when I seriously started to contemplate continuing with this endeavor. And their album really did get me on this road of loads of work – and little reward.

Now this – at that time – little known band did show a lot of promise. An outfit that we thought would really start to shine further down the road with a little more action under their … [...] Click to raid more!