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...!

Epica – Consign to Oblivion (2005) – Review

But, 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.