RockmusicRaider’s Intermittent Best of… Tome I – The first few Months!

cool-guitarWell, hells bells! This was quite a run from no website a few months ago to a blog that starts to pay off to some very, very limited fame. Still going strong, writing reviews left, right and center – investing what little time my already busy schedule leaves me.

The first review that started me off was ‘Hydra‘ from Within Temptation – frankly not the best these guys ever produced – a friggin’ attempt to get into mainstream. A pity if you think that they produced stellar stuff before, real pearls like ‘Enter‘ or ‘The Silent Force’, which still send shivers down my spine for some of them tracks in there. Real emotion!

Black Sabbath then came along with their latest masterpiece ‘13‘. A bunch of grumpy old men strumming away, still going strong – no meek singing, but rocking away with Doom and Heavy Metal at its best. A pity that their long-time drummer kind of lost himself looking for a contract. Good grief! This last record really reminded me of their very first album, kindred in style – by the name of Black Sabbath. And I love them for it – ways to go Ozzy, Geezer and Tony! They still play the thing that stands before me.

And talk about female fronted super-power! Blasted to space with unknown thrust by Arven with their newest concoction ‘Black is the Colour’ – named after an Irish folk ballad, no less. They let the Holy #Metal Cow out alright – I was so amazed. After their first album ‘Music of Light’ one would have expected something of similar spirit. But thanks to Loki, all (well almost all) went the #Metal way.

The gloomy fog of down yonder soon started to creep up on us the Insomnium way with ‘Shadows of the Dying Sun’ – stellar that. Far surpassing past glories like ‘One For Sorrow’. Then Arch Enemy graced us with their presence with their newest invention ‘War Eternal’, still going strong to this day when this summary is written. What a friggin’ great sound!! Some fucking Melodeath alright.

‘Eluveitie’ tried to convince me of the value of no clean singing – not quite succeeding with Anna Murphy’s clean vocal injections. Taking us back in their time machine to an era where the Romans ruled with ‘Origins, kind of akin to its predecessor ‘Helvetios‘. But then, a clear #Metal sound reached us from the Teutonic hills of the ‘Finsterforst‘ with their stellar new toxic brew ‘Mach Dich Frei’. Kind of folksy, but straight up without Lederhos’n.

But then we met the Sorcerer band with their kind of debut album ‘In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross’. Their Heavy Metal laden Doom sound just blew me off across the room into the next wall. Holy Shit! And at this time I was just getting over the terrible SAVN experience, whose full bodice almost killed me with kindness – not good. Good was however that we got rescued later by a Harry Potter soundalike called Serious Black (no, I kid you not…), whose sound on ‘As Daylight Breaks’ is a welcome breakfast burrito of the #Metal kind. Older guys who – oddly enough – cannot wait to get to grumpy old status. At least they let everyone know every five fucking seconds that they are kind of old. Guys, get a life, will ye!!

An introduction to Cinematic Metal (no fucking kidding…) and a lot of very enlightened sound was delivered by the saintly ‘Illuminata’ (they are named after a saint, not the infamous illuminati) with ‘A World so Cold’ – I really fancy that one. The follow-on ‘Where Stories Unfold’ is a not bad at all, but not as good as its predecessor.

The masters of arcane linguistic delights crept up on me with Kanseil offering their newest, best and only album ‘Doin Earde’. Very well done, that one. Crunchy and down to earth – from Italy, no less. I really enjoyed reviewing these guys – they have promise.

Epica finally redeemed themselves from their overdone turkey feast and somewhat wrecked album ‘The Quantum Enigma’ with – tataaaa – their very first production ‘The Phantom Agony’. I am intrigued by this band, good stuff usually, but an urge to bombast that is frankly disturbing sometimes. Well, what can I say? They found their niche! And then they design real good’uns like ‘Design Your Universe’, which are really worth listening to for some length of time.

Then we went on a naturalist journey with ‘Moonspell‘ trying to convince us that Darwin will prevail with ‘Extinct‘, their latest very gloomy pot of rotten ale. We are all gonna die or something, which we are, but hey – we just don’t know when! Tough stuff, as usual, but good tough stuff.

In the meantime, Nightwish graced us with their presence with another epic ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’. Quite good, but not the best ever – never surpassing stellar stuff like ‘Dark Passion Play’. And I was actually most impressed by a musical comics book called ‘The Life and Times of Scrooge’, story told by Tuomas Holopainen right before the delivery of the latest from Nightwish album. Not up my #Metal alley, but remarkable nonetheless.

So, all this and more transpired in a very few months, which feels to me like a very many years. I am thrilled by the progress and hope to write for very many more months about music I love. Check out some more stuff on the blog, by all means and do Speak Your Mind in the comments section!

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