Dream Evil – The Book of Heavy Metal (2004) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dream Evil - The House of Heavy Metal - Album CoverNow I finally know where Ms. Slayes of Unleash The Archers got the famous #metal scream from on Time Stands Still at the beginning of Test The MetalDream Evil invented it first on their 3rd full length album The Book of Heavy Metal that escaped into nature back in 2004. And they had the crunch it takes to produce some crystal clear and steely #metal back then that – in all its somewhat cheesy splendor – will still please the fan crowd of today. 

Given their somewhat Dio-esque soaring style I always wondered if the band name had anything to do with it. And sure as hell, the band was indeed named after Dio‘s stellar album Dream Evil of 1987.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Nightwish – Once (2004) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nightwish - Once - Album CoverYes, it is! The 2004 release Once of Finnish metallers Nightwish really is … typical Nightwish fare after all. But with a real hard-edge Heavy Metal twist that I have not seen displayed yet by this band; before and after this record. ‘Cause the ones that came before – for instance Oceanborn and to a lesser extent Century Child – ended up being some sort of a uniform amalgam of stuff. Power Metal and Gothic Metal – yes to an extent – but nothing really knocking the socks off my feet. And the albums following this here release are of a different style in a sense.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Nemesea – Mana (2004) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nemesea - Mana - Album CoverNemesea claimed a few years ago that their first studio album Mana was written and produced in somewhat of a hellfire hurry back in 2004. Thus they aligned the style to the usual Gothic and Symphonic Metal outfits already at work at that time. And this is a really strange statement to make from any band. 

Only to be confronted with a result that the band did not feel wholly comfortable with. This weird approach made them change their musical direction straight after this album. A fact that became very evident in their later productions In Control and The Quiet Resistance. Their mutual soul-searching on style and direction was – as it seems – not necessarily fully evolved yet when Mana was released.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Cradle of Filth – Nymphetamine (2004) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Cradle of Filth - Nymphetamine - Album CoverHmm, never say, never. Or is it more that exceptions confirm the rule? Usually I am not a big fan of these necrotic-psychopathic eruptions of total bullshit the Black Metal scene often produces. But there are a few good bands out there: Those with some fantasy, that come without the urge to bludgeon you to death with spiked fists and electric guitars, coupled with disgracefully bad music. Cradle of Filth is one of the more promising ones. And their 2004 album Nymphetamine is one of their better productions – especially compared to their album preceding this one.

Saying this I can already see the purists’ hate neurons grinding into motion, wanting to scream at me that this is not Black Metal anymore and we should ban this band to Hades (or rather drown them in the muddy waters of the river Styx, so they won’t come back..).Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Xandria – Ravenheart (2004) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Xandria - Ravenheart - Album CoverThe first time I came across Xandria was with their second album Ravenheart. Not sure what really got my interest going to be honest. It probably was their unique style they displayed at that time. A German band, rocking in a somewhat delirious and quite poppy brand of Gothic Rock and Metal. And – on top – providing a much needed counterweight to other upcoming bands like Within Temptation back then.

Their style – or more their interesting mix of styles – is somewhat addictive and has this tendency to grow on you. For sure, they were not ground breakers in this genre. But they were able carve out a niche for themselves, starting with Ravenheart.
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