Moonspell – Night Eternal (2008) – Review!

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RockmusicRaider Review - Moonspell - Night Eternal - Album CoverBy Loki, the 9th studio album Night Eternal of the Portuguese band ‘Moonspell’ is hard chow. You really need to listen to this jumble of tracks a few times and apply some goodwill at first. And I mean really go for it! To take it all in IS tough – Black Metal laced Gothic Metal stuff coming out of my earphones. Brutal – technically very demanding – riffs and harsh vocals assaulting your eardrums and virtually marching through your brain (if it is not burned away – that is – after listening to this record repeatedly). 

But then the vampire or the thing that dwells in the darkness inside you will wake and you start to like this harsh tune served with a metal hammer by our Southern friends.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

AC/DC – Black Ice (2008) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - ACDC - Black Ice - Album CoverAfter a long, indeed a very long waiting time (the former album Stiff Upper Lip released in 2000) our Heavy Metal wielding band AC/DC finally presented Black Ice. In 2008, no kidding, almost a decade later than the former record. Of course, with their track record, there is no urgency anymore, but I would nevertheless have hoped that something more would come out of them earlier. I am after all a big fan of them.

At first sight it is a more subdued form of their former more exuberant style. Kind of sounding dangerously like Krokus in places. You know, the Swiss hard rockers that recently pulled themselves back together (or is it more the other way around – the debate is open, folks).
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The Rasmus – Black Roses (2008) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - The Rasmus - Black Roses - Album CoverNot sure if this is really good, shifting away from their former style into the Pop Rock arena, that is. And some of my co-reviewers call this Hard Rock, err yeah. To their credit, still some (but only some) of their metal sting that was more prevalent before has been sustained. But by and large the Finnish band The Rasmus has landed a pretty good, but very gloomy next step in their career.

I was quite pleased to listen to some crunchier sound (well, in truth, only partly..) emerging in their 7th studio album Black Roses. The record started extremely fast at #1 in the Finnish Charts right away and was relatively well represented across Europe.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Eluveitie – Slania (2008) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Eluveitie - Slania - Album CoverSlania, Slania! Voice of a distant past. Ode to Helvetian and Celtic times, when the tribes ruled; as far as they could until the Romans arrived and made a mess out of it.

It appears that Chrigel Glanzmann, the lead singer of the Swiss band Eluveitie saw the name of this girl on an ancient slab of stone and decided to name a song and their 2nd studio album after her. Nice story, by the way: Se non è vero, è ben trovato – as we say in Italian.

Perhaps a tad too much glorification of a time historians hardly know about. When tribes (supposedly) ruled on the land today called Switzerland.Got hooked? Raid this some more...