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!

Thought Machine: Free music for all. Right?

The Thought Machine - RockmusicRaider - Cool Guitar 2016Succeeding and – indeed – thriving in the music industry is hard. Real hard. Many bands out there try to eek out a living from the music they create. But very few make a decent amount of cash off their efforts. As in sustaining the operation.

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 suppliers of added services. So here many of them often find themselves between a rock [...] Click to raid more!