Evanescence – The Open Door (2006) – Review

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In the beginning, I had my doubts about The Open Door. Ben Moody just left Evanescence in a tearing hurry in October 2003. And that in the midst of the Fallen live tour to boot.

He had his reasons1), I am sure. But this certainly wasn’t the right time nor the nicest thing to do. To add insult to injury, other band members left as well after that.

Amy Lee thus became the undisputed leader of this band. And indeed, Evanescence very much morphed into her own brand after that. Hair, voice, and bodice, the whole … [...] Click to raid more!

Summoning – Oath Bound (2006) – Review

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Some voices out there declare that only new – as in brand new – records can get a review. To go back and contemplate good ol’ tunes from the past is forbidden devilry. To be squished quickly, blown to smithereens with this mighty Thor’s hammer surely in their possession.

And you know what? From a click rate or sharing standpoint, this is absolutely correct. But RMR likes to do things a bit differently sometimes and break stuff if need be.

And besides, now that I have the scent of Summoning in my nostrils after With Doom We Come, it … [...] Click to raid more!

Delain – Lucidity (2006) – Review

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Lucidity is the first time the Dutch boys and girls of Delain really started to manifest themselves. And – WHAM – they produce something this good and with their very own brand. This is astonishing in a way, and yet again not surprising.

The band was founded by Martijn Westerholt back in 2002, who – I am told – had to leave Within Temptation after Mother Earth for health reasons. Most definitely, the change has been a good thing. And – as the saying goes – sometimes things seem to happen for a reason.  

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