Epica – The Phantom Agony (2003) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Epica - The Phantom Agony - Album CoverAh, I am relieved! Just listening to Epica and their June 2003 debut concoction The Phantom Agony. And I am really taken aback by the quality and depth of this production. What a nice surprise. Especially after just having reviewed their 2014 Little Booklet of Night Horrors The Quantum Enigma, which was kind of out of control. A real pity by the way. Frankly, I really feared to find something very similar in this record.  

Usually I am not too fond of operatic productions. Most of the time too much pretentious bombastic bullshit to keep a straight face with. But this one is really, REALLY good! Well, well – it is agony indeed, unknown torment to my metal soul too!Got hooked? Raid this some more...

The Rasmus – Dead Letters (2003) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - The Rasmus - Dead Letters - Album CoverWell, Hells Bells? What is that style? Kind of pop rock, not quite metal, but still metal. Then again captivating enough to get my attention?

This is the Finnish band The Rasmus performing their album Dead Letters with their lead singer Lauri Ylönen in charge of vocals. This album marked the take-off point for a varied, albeit short career, culminating in stellar records like Black Roses. Why short? Because at the time of writing this record The Rasmus enjoyed the silence of the lambs. A hiatus of sorts; and nobody knows when they will re-emerge from the darkness.

Variation is king on Dead Letters and it boasts a breezy pace on most of the tracks.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Evanescence – Fallen (2003) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Evanescence - Fallen - Album CoverThe first studio album ‘Fallen‘ of the US band Evanescence hit the charts like a bomb displaying their unique sound that the band under Ben Moody‘s and Amy Lee’s leadership created (the relationship still kinda worked at that time, when creation occurred, that is..). This combined with the ethereal voice of Amy Lee created the true potential this band possessed at that time. And the success speaks by itself, once the album released in Europe in 2004 (US was 2003), it took off like a rocket and would not leave the charts for – like – forever.

Nowadays of course they have massive competition mainly coming from Europe, but some of that you can really not compare, as it goes much further than the somewheat purer Gothic Metal sound this band is displaying.Got hooked? Raid this some more...