The Gentle Storm – The Diary (2015) – Review

[Originally posted on 30 August 2015]
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RockmusicRaider Review Gentle Storm The Diary - Album CoverHere I am going to hunt for once well outside my usual haunts and dark forests of yonder badlands, lost at sea – feeling like Jack Sparrow with his compass pointing nowhere. Landing back in spice trade nirvana, creaking planks and salted beef for supper. This new endeavour all started when I heard about a double-concept album called ‘The Diary’ coming out under the name of The Gentle Storm, featuring Anneke Van Giersbergen (long time ago with The Gathering, Townsend project and solo) as THE VOICE (okay, the vocalist…LOL) and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Stream of Passion).Got hooked? Raid this some more...

AC/DC – Back in Black (1980) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - ACDC - Back in Black - Album CoverOkay, I get it – we write the Year of the Lord 2014 and this AC/DC record is so old it should already have turned to dust. Along with everything else that lived back then. Right? But you know what? Back in Black did not descend into oblivion. And many of them bands are still present today. The ones that rocked through music halls already way back in time. Okay, admittedly a bit more worn out they are indeed these days and not so fresh anymore, but still commanding sizable audiences.

And I do agree that the only thing they really know how to do (and constantly deliver) is good, old, solid Hard Rock (some call it Heavy Metal and I tend to agree) and they hardly changed over the years.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Within Temptation – Enter (1997) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Within Temptation - Enter - Album CoverAs I am in the Within Temptation groove, let’s stay there for a while. It would be a pity not to review the very first record Enter they did back in 1997, after the band officially assembled about a year earlier. The band formed just after the departure of Sharon den Adel from her usual work routine as a fashion designer, I kid you not. Smart girl, that. She apparently still designs her own outfits. I wish I could do that as well. But – alas – I can’t. I can write loads of annoying words about music I find and send them around the world, though. So, here goes.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Halestorm – The Strange Case of … (2012) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Halestorm - A Strange Case of - Album CoverHahaa!! Right up my alley! Halestorm at its best, delivering some solid Hard Rock and then some with The Strange Case of …!

Taking off at full speed, Lzzy Hale is doing her very best with aggressive vocals of love and pain. Feelings about rock shows and … soft stuff. Yes! You heard right!! SOFT stuff, not only tough like on the previous record. On their previous one you were wondering who is the toughest guy on the set. No woman there, right? Lzzy – are you getting old or what?

Of course there is not much new in this album, apart from the more soulful tracks that were thrown in.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Arven – Black is the Colour (2013) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Arven - Black is the Colour - Album CoverHahaaa! Rock’n’Roll!! Hand and fingers in the air! The newest album Black is the Colour of the German band Arven takes off furiously fast. Nothing of the subdued style left anymore that somehow plagued their debut album Music of Light.

Bang goes the metal riff, once you start listening, so fast that Carina’s voice somewhat struggles to follow for the first instances. Holy. Metal. Cow.

Everything is rockier, more straightforward – indeed a much more self-confident approach to the music than before. But also darker – a shift towards the Gothic Metal genre, one might say. They have really managed to get to a next level, still maintaining their unique style, but now there is spice and fire in the tune.Got hooked? Raid this some more...