Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind (1983) – Review

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Let’s face it. The ’80s were Iron Maiden‘s heyday. Alongside others, like the mighty Dio, this band truly wrote metal history. A decade that delighted us with records like The Number of the Beast, Powerslave, or again the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. All of them friggin’ heavy hitters in their own right. Talk about the creativity of a band totally unchained and in full creative vigor.

Fast forward to modern times, it is now some five years since The Book of Souls hit our turntables. And nobody knows yet … [...] Click to raid more!

Insomnium – Heart Like a Grave (2019) – Review

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At first, Heart Like a Grave sounds like one of them Amon Amarth records. It is this straight-in-your-face, rumbling Death Metal that compares so well to the yonder icy tracks from the muscular and bearded ones. The only missing part is the dragonhead and the inevitable Viking longship.

So nope, this cannot be it. Instead, we – indeed – get a hefty dose of pretty stellar Insomnium. The type of Melodeath, which does not take prisoners.

If you remember, Winter’s Gate already went Viking in 2016, much to the insane pleasure of the Norns. … [...] Click to raid more!

INK – Loom (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ink - Loom - Album Cover The RMR deck crew loves the extraordinary. The tunes that sit outside of the vile mainstream. Those bands that push the boundaries towards galaxies unknown. And it don’t always need to be the smelly underbelly of the metal multiverse necessarily.

RockmusicRaider often also fancy relatively unknown bands and not only those with a gazillion records under their belts already. That is contrary to many reviewers, whose claim to fame resides solely with known bands. 

The Greek horde INK has been sailing about the outskirts of our musical consciousness for quite a while. Not only have they just released Whispers of [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: INK offer Whispers of Calliope!

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You know, the RMR crew is always looking for the bands looming outside of the mainstream. Those that lurk in the murky depths of gloom by the side of the road. The bands looking for the unusual. Those who don’t give a damn where today’s undercurrents flow.

INK has been a consistent blip on our review radar in that department, for sure. Their Avantgarde-infused style prompted already a few listens of their 2016 album Loom. And for sure the RockmusicRaider deck crew wasted a few grams of black ink on that specific delight. But here and now we will [...] Click to raid more!