Nevermore – This Godless Endeavor (2005) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor - Album CoverHere’s to an album that was described to me as the epitome of metal wizardry. The cream of the cream of all things you can expect from anything metal. The steel-clad mountain any metalhead must vanquish before they can claim to be adepts of trve metal. Well, there you go. That’s a standard to die for. Or is it, now?

And let me tell you some truth to go with that. I am not a die-hard fan of thrash metal. Much of it goes along with mindless screaming and jerking about the stage. Never mind the lyrics or any story that would fuel the tune. Or something deep that drives your shit; anything actually. Only fast, furious and loud – the nirvana of the gods of thrash. Right, Hetfield? [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Draconian – Arcane Rain Fell (2005) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Draconian - Arcane Rain Fell - Album CoverIt is winter time again. Well, not quite yet, but we are almost there. And it is definitely cold enough for my thin blood running in my veins. The countryside gets more desolate by the day with murky light and fog everywhere. The weather pelting you with rain, sleet and snow at Thor’s whim. And you ask yourself: Whatever happened to Freyr and his sunny ways?

So, what better time than now to look at an old(er) Doom Metal record with a Gothic flavor. Draconian‘s 2005 second full length album Arcane Rain Fell is a good one to start this series with.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Stream of Passion – Embrace the Storm (2005) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Stream of Passion - Embrace The Storm - Album CoverYou gotta love Progressive Metal (or Progressive Rock, depending on how you look at it). If well cooked, adequately spiced and served hot, this is a delight to listen to. Stream of Passion‘s debut album Embrace the Storm does exactly that. The whole is rendered (almost) irresistible by the inclusion of Psychedelic (some at least), Gothic and Symphonic Metal elements into the tune. Not to forget that Embrace the Storm features a double female front – at least for the live shows: The sisters Diana and Marcela Bovio. And don’t we all love that, especially with both being very talented at their trade? To top it, you got the somewhat oriental flavors and tastes woven into the fabric of this here flying carpet. Now THIS spices the tune up just to the right level of heat.

Embrace the Storm with Stream of Passion as a supporting band was one of the projects of Arjen Lucassen back in 2005. In an interview Arjen indicated that this was done to foster Marcela Bovio, whose many talents needed a platform or in Arjen’s words: “..to avoid letting a good thing go to waste…”. Hmm, kind of a weird way to describe a talent sponsorship. It is thus a concept album of sorts – to set up the band Stream of Passion as an entity. Name well chosen, by the way of Marcela’s passionately delivered lyrics.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!