Death of a Dryad – Hameln – Review

Listen on Apple Music  RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo

RockmusicRaider - Death of a Dryad - Hameln - Album Cover

Sometimes you encounter records that just stop you dead in your tracks. A jumble of sounds that somehow interacts with your blackened metal soul just hit ye. And spooked, you turn around to check who’s knocking. But nobody’s there.

That’s the somewhat haunting atmosphere Death of a Dryad‘s newest record Hameln immediately generates. With the powerful legend of the Pied Piper as your guide, courtesy of Robert Browning.

You know, the infamous tale of this multi-colored dude who marched all of them rats out of town in 1284 and sent them to drown. And when the misers … [...] Click to raid more!

Dio – Sacred Heart – Review

Listen on Apple Music  RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo

RockmusicRaider - Dio - Sacred Heart - Album Cover

Loved by many, hated by some. Dio‘s 1985 epic Sacred Heart really split the fan base in more ways than one. Remember, Dio released the excellent The Last in Line just barely one year prior to this one. And went on to hit the stage in 1987 with the smasher Dream Evil1) that still resides high up on RMR’s playlist to this day.

Ronnie James Dio took off like a rocket with his new outfit in 1983 after his secretive departure from the confines of Iommi’s Black Sabbath, some pretty turbulent times of Heaven and Hell alright. … [...] Click to raid more!

Delain disband! May we live in interesting times.

RockmusicRaider - Delain disband February 2021

Apocalypse & Chill, right?

Today, on 15 February 2021, Delain announced that they will disband. Or – at least – the outfit will cease to exist in the form known to the music industry for many years. This sounds like that apocalypse theory the band so vividly touted in their last album. And now it is also time to chill because Delain will not end its existence. But the band will – in a manner of speaking – morph into another entity.

Martijn Westerholt announced that the – quote – “…collaboration within the band ceased to work as [...] Click to raid more!

Darzamat – A Philosopher At The End Of The Universe (2020) – Review

Listen on Apple Music  RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo

RockmusicRaider - Darzamat - A Philosopher At The End Of The Universe - Album Cover

There are records that kinda follow you around. But you’re never quite sure what to make of them. They’re intriguing, but you need that right moment to jolt your lazy reviewer’s ass into writing mode.

On one hand, the undeniable groove always pulls you towards them. On the other hand – however – there are always those inconsistencies that make you sit down all over again.

Darzamat and their new record A Philosopher At The End Of The Universe is such a case. And this time, it is this change in style that kind of took us aback.

After … [...] Click to raid more!