Train – A Girl A Bottle A Boat (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Train - A Girl A Bottle A Boat - Album CoverPortents, portents. They usually are legion when things start to go South seriously and are very visible to those willing to see. It is no different with Train, the formerly snarkily cheeky Californians, now seriously on their quest for cool, giddy happiness in all its sugary forms.

Their very own portents already came home to roost in their 2014 edition Bulletproof Picasso. Now that album got them some important flak – and deservedly so. Ironically, it actually blatantly missed the cool-boat and ended up on some whitewashed beach in nowhere land.

This obsession with coolness is nothing new by the way. It already worked them over when California 37 came out.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Scorpions – Blackout (1982) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Scorpions - Blackout - Album CoverThe avalanche of new music and – for sure – new styles that became available in the ’70s and ’80s to the early ’90s was absolutely tremendous. Metal found itself very strongly on the upswing from the early 80’s onwards. Whereas Hard Rock already started to lose a lot of its shiny luster by this time.

Many of today’s well-known metal genres were in full development mode back then. This led to this crazy and fragmented metal multiverse we (do not quite) enjoy today. The culprits? A number of major rock bands – some still fully in action today. Names like Iron MaidenBlack Sabbath, Judas Priest or again UFO heftily stirred this pot of wonders.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Eli van Pike – Welcome to my Dark Side (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Eli Van Pike - Welcome To My Dark Side - Album CoverHa! RockmusicRaider is on the experimental war path again. This time with slightly new flavors that were not really present on the blog yet until now. And – in truth – those were undercurrents the local staff office did not fancy to walk into for fear of ending up in an Amaranthe-esque type of swamp. But never fret, oh fearsome one, things look a bit more juicy here than in Pop Metal nirvana.

Welcome to the realm of Oomph! and Rammstein, burning dicks and all. Plus the wide wastes of electronically tainted metal the movement Neue Deutsche Härte (NDH) likes to inhabit. 

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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...