Newsflash: Sound Of A Broken Heart by HDAW!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Heroes Don't Ask Why - HDAW - Sound of a Broken Heart - Album CoverRarely and usually completely out of the blue, you get these refreshing blurbs of rock and metal that will make you keep your faith in modern music. True, there were no real breakthroughs anymore lately in terms of new styles. But then bands with promise continue to come along. Those who know how to string elements together just right and forge a blazing hot slab of rock. Slap Betty or Last Bullet were just two of them out of many that made it onto the RMR blog page for that very reason.

Now, the Finnish band Heroes Don’t Ask Why – short HDAW – just lit up our music detection gear like the proverbial Christmas tree when the Grinch floats by. The band’s newest EP Sound of a Broken Heart storms forward in a somewhat Sabaton-ical frenzy and won’t let up until the bitter end. The disc sports a strange mix of thrashy Power Metal and slow acoustically led parts. All this comes with a serving of sludgy and kinda punky rock. Complete with a set of pretty sturdy metal solos. HDAW‘s ability to instantaneously switch from blazing hot metal and molten lava rock to velvet soft acoustics provides the icing on this particularly rocky cake.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: The War Inside – by Meka Nism!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Meka Nism - The War Inside - Album CoverGothic Metal is dead, right? And all thunder got sucked out of Melodic and Symphonic Metal already, right? Dry heaves left only, and we look forward to the next Nighwish album with awful dread, right? Well, correct for Nightwish. But a firm ‘hell no’ as new talent goes. There is still hope on the horizon, whatever faint the outlook may be. 

Meet the Orlando, FL based, highly talented 5-piece Meka Nism and their newest EP The War Inside. This is one of these blurbs that kind of sticks to your frontal lobe and will follow you around. And worse still for a reviewer as yours truly. The review pipe is in a desperate state, yet you find yourself listening to this record for the second time in a row. There you go, proof of the pudding. They are good, outstandingly so.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Video: SAATE unleash The Conjuring!

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RockmusicRaider Video - SAATE - The Conjuring - Video CoverThe RockmusicRaider officescape is usually not too keen on publishing videos. More often than not you get them YouTube clips working exaggerated theatrics on a bed of low-fi MP3. And in tandem frequently hacked to death like a killing by Freddy on a full moon night through atrocious camera work.

But hey, sometimes the mix just works. So happened with SAATE, a Swedish Metal band. Their newly released offering The Conjuring mixes sturdy metal musicianship with a tasty storyline. Nothing overdone or overwrought, though, the recipe to success is right on. I like the slight menace emanating from the clip, and rightly so. After all, they conjure up the demon and it is here to stay.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!