Epica – The Phantom Agony (2003) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Epica - The Phantom Agony - Album CoverAh, I am relieved! Just listening to Epica and their June 2003 debut concoction The Phantom Agony. This is a surprising quality and depth for a band so young. 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 was a little fearful to find something very similar in this record.  

Usually I am not too fond of operatic productions. Most of the time, them bands just serve you with too much pretentious and bombastic bullshit to keep a [...] Click to raid more!

The Rasmus – Dead Letters (2003) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - The Rasmus - Dead Letters - Album CoverWell, Hell’s Bells? What is that style? Kind of pop rock, not quite metal, but rock for sure. 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.[...] Click to raid 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. It already displayed their unique sound that the band under Ben Moody‘s and Amy Lee‘s leadership created. These were the times, when the relationship still kinda worked between these two.

This combined with the ethereal voice of Amy Lee created the true potential this band possessed back then. 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. [...] Click to raid more!