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.

This record really marks the turning point for the band!

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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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Epica – Consign to Oblivion (2005) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Epica - Consign to Oblivion - Album CoverBut, where is the metal? This is the question I asked myself since starting with this record. It kind of gets off the ground with some theme seemingly from the Pirates of the Caribbean or something. And then – more symphonic orgasms by the dozen. But the metal? The METAL?

‘Tis a most strange production! Or is the 2nd studio album Consign to Oblivion of the Dutch Symphonic Metal band Epica just an example of playing it safe? But as they like to call their style Gothic Metal – well, this is kind of an important question.

The theme is – of course – again of the sophisticated kind.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Xandria – India (2005) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Xandria - India - Album CoverWhen I read the late twitter from the German band Xandria a few days ago that they are now (in 2015 – wow) heading out to India for the first time, it struck me as somewhat ironic. And this of course in light of their 2005 record and 3rd studio album India that has been on the market for … almost 10 years now. Hmm!

After their very successful 2nd album Ravenheart it must have been decidedly difficult to find the venue for a fitting succession to an already successful former record. And, in addition, just about a short year later. And to me they managed pretty well. Still delivered in their laid back, kind of dreamy, synthesized metal trademark brand of music, the album nevertheless manages to mark a change.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Within Temptation – The Silent Force (2004) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Within Temptation - The Silent Force - Album CoverThe album ‘The Silent Force’ is a cool one – following ‘Mother Earthin spirit, if not in sound – albeit a bit softer and more … mainstream.
Within Temptation have crafted a great 3rd studio album with ‘The Silent Force‘ that will hook you right from the beginning.
Some voices indicate that the metal is lacking (true), that Within Temptation has strayed from the true path of Gothic Rock to something more melodic (also true) and that they only did this to attract new fans (me, for example, so partly true).

But then, death grunts have not sold a lot of records lately in the Gothic and Symphonic arena and the style they are deploying IS varied and DOES change in the course of the album – really remarkable.Got hooked? Raid this some more...