Sorcerer – The Crowning of the Fire King (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Sorcerer - The Crowning of the Fire King - Album CoverI am transfixed by sounds pouring out of my earphones. Staunch, epic metal sounds. The culprit is the Swedish band Sorcerer and their newest album The Crowning of the Fire King. Their second full length studio album. 

You will surely remember their 2015 come-back epic In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross. This one got some serious acclaim for a band that over long stretches of their (almost non-existent) career produced nothing more than a few demos and compilations. But then – bang – came this first full-length record. A totally unexpected artillery volley out of the left field some two years ago. 

The rub with a first smashing success is always the question as to how the band will top it later. Will Sorcerer show the navigation chops to circumvent the terrible sophomore album reef of doom? And I am glad to announce that they did. The Crowning of the Fire King is – if anything – a step up from their 2015 concoction. They very wisely chose not to change direction. But instead built on what they know best. The record sports a savvy mix of Heavy, Power and some Doom Metal served up by stellar vocals and sometimes otherworldly guitar work. Nothing new in terms of general style, but a delivery way crisper and of much higher quality than what we heard before.   [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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). And I got very excited. 

With the bottomless creative reservoir of Arjen Lucassen at work for song writing and a very capable vocalist like Anneke in charge of lyrics, ’tis just gotta be good. Right? RIGHT?? And in truth, The Diary is a delight to listen to, with some slight similarities to the album Embrace the Storm of Stream of Passion 10 years earlier – but only just. Looks like they like stormy names for their productions. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

AC/DC – Back in Black (1980) – Review


Okay, 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? It has not - and many bands are still there that rocked through music halls at that time to exactly this kind of music.