Dirty Sound Magnet – Live Alert (2020) – Review

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For long years, the RMR deck crew was not very fond of covers. Often, that song somebody else wrote turns out to be worse for wear. And some of them are truly pathetic. Ain’t it, Krokus1)?

But then, along came a few bands that impressed us. Covers can actually be good, and some are even much better than the original. So, the tide against them copies of stuff other people already whelped once slowly changed.

Now, imagine you have a pandemic on your hands, a parallel universe of sorts. One that finds large parts of the … [...] Click to raid more!

Draconian – Under a Godless Veil (2020) – Review

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A few months after the RockmusicRaider blog really took off, Draconian‘s Sovran happened. This is probably THE record that shaped our take on Doom and Gothic Metal in any significant way. And way more than their famous brethren Paradise Lost or My Dying Bride ever would.

Chiefly, Sovran impressed us with this sludgy heaviness. This sepulchral march towards the ultimate state of sadness. Something that immediately connects with your inner sorrow. But it is also true that this record was and still is relatively close to the aforementioned two of the Peaceville Three and distinct Melodic Death Metal … [...] Click to raid more!

Murray? Who the hell is Murray?

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It’s no secret that Dio has a pretty sturdy following at RMR. Which netted this particular artist a few pretty long reviews already.

So, whenever our crew got to work on this band, we inevitably stumbled across this horned figure. This terrible being that waves those devil’s horns at you, same as Dio himself always did. But – by Loki’s miserable minions – nobody quite knew who or what Murray really was.

But let’s take a step back for a moment. Dio rose to fame in the ’80s, after some remarkable stints with outfits like Rainbow and – yes – … [...] Click to raid more!

Dawn of Ouroboros – The Art of Morphology (2020) – Review

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The RMR deck crew fancies bands gallivanting across styles and genres. Those with little regard to the proverbial little boxes the purists like so much. Because they are the ones that bring that fresh wind into stale soundscapes that often border on the morose.

The appetites for charting new courses vary of course. You get the politically correct ones that carefully navigate about their metal.

And then you get the carefree bands. Those that happily throw the compass overboard and just head out into that wide-open metal sea. Never mind cliffs, storms, and maneuvers.

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