Thought Machine: Free music for all. Right?

RockmusicRaider - Free Music Picture

Succeeding and – indeed – thriving in the music industry is hard. Real hard. Many bands out there try to eke out a living from the music they create, but very few make a decent amount of cash off their efforts. 

And we are usually not talking bad quality music neither, mind you. Often this is really good stuff coming my way from little known bands. Amazingly good.

The same goes – by the way – with reviewers and other providers of added services. So here many of them often find themselves between a rock and a hard place as far as paying the bills is concerned.

First: Break down this wall!

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Why RMR will never review Nickelback!

RockmusicRaider - Nickelback Picture

No, you are wrong, so wrong. I’m not gonna tell you how much I hate Nickelback, because – hey – it’s somehow fashionable. I actually don’t hate them at all.

Take that, you cold internet.


Thou shalt integrate rock, metal, and folk into the blog, sez the RockmusicRaider book of rulez. Yet strangely, scores of insanely catchy and truly popular rock bands never made it onto those august pages RMR occupies. And those bands made a killing off a music industry where the hungry mouths of the have-nots are legion. So, true million-dollar successes on display, yet RMR sorely … [...] Click to raid more!

Opinion: A Dirge for Metal Music. Or is it still alive?

A felt every two days or so I hear that Rock and – surely – Metal met their demise. Finally pronounced clinically dead, gone and ashes thrown into the ocean. All of that jazz sacrificed on the altar of those modern pseudo Latino pop and rap sounds that people seem to be so fond of these days.

Those records made for the faceless consumer, comprised of notes devoid of personality, depth or bite. Those that tender to the addicts of notes who do not really care what or who made the tune. Only that the music should suit the listener’s … [...] Click to raid more!

Opinion: Faun – and the Pop Culture!

Faun - and the Pop Culture - Four Records

When working on Faun‘s latest record Märchen & Mythen, I came across an undercurrent or two worth mentioning about this band. But those – understandably – steadfastly refused to integrate too well into the review. So here we are with yet another piece on this decidedly talented German Pagan Folk band.

And on the menu are – you probably guessed it – the birthing pains the band went through after the last major change of direction and its current and future implications.

The Change Game!

Starting with the refreshing 2013 record Von den Elben, the German Medieval … [...] Click to raid more!