Eli van Pike – Welcome to my Dark Side – Review

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Ha! RockmusicRaider is on the experimental warpath again. This time with slightly new flavors that were not really present on the blog yet until now.

Welcome to the realm of Oomph! and Rammstein, burning dicks, exploding dildos and all. Plus the wide wastes of electronically tainted metal the movement Neue Deutsche Härte (NDH) likes to inhabit. Welcome to my Dark Side left its dark abode, and it loudly captured our attention.

Eli Van Pike with their brand of electronically laden Industrial Metal decided to plow those very fields many other big bands already occupied for a while. Yet, their style darkly … [...] Click to raid more!

Evanescence, from Nu Metal to – Pop? An editorial.

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Polarization. That’s what comes to mind when the RMR crew starts discussing Evanescence and their career. Some think that Amy Lee can do nothing wrong and everything she and her mates created so far is just dandy. Others, however, feel that the band sorely got on the wrong side of pop over the years. A (not so) happy conversation of groovy chatterboxes but no resolution on the corporate stance the mighty RMR office suite should take. Sounds like those modern and totally wretched politics, doesn’t it?1)

So, what’s it gonna be?

Early Evanescence, and then some.

Since its inception, … [...] Click to raid more!

Evanescence – The Bitter Truth – Review

Last updated on 9 April 2021

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Times change, don’t they? The musical landscape and – indeed – the music industry were completely different some 20 years ago. Then the friggin’ bandits from the old Napster arrived, and everything took a tumble.

The same goes for Evanescence. They airdropped onto the Nu Metal1) scene as a Goth’s wet dream with Fallen in 2003. And this catapulted Amy Lee and her stellar voice to instant stardom. Then, she and her buddy separated, and The Open Door released without her copilot. And that’s where the first cracks already appeared in … [...] Click to raid more!

Exanimis – Marionnettiste – Review

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Well, I always thought the kings and queens of totally epic Symphonic Death Metal resided in Italy. From the beautiful city of Perugia, Fleshgod Apocalypse reigned supreme in that realm of the baroque world of Borgia-like undertones and crazy cinematic shenanigans. A style so full of garish colors and bizarre soundscapes that it actually should drown in a ton of cheese, yet it never did.

So far, at least.

And indeed, their reign remained pretty much unchecked. Until the RMR deck crew got a visitation from the French band Exanimis with their debut album Marionnettiste, that is. A … [...] Click to raid more!