Guilt Machine – On This Perfect Day (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Guilt Machine Perfect Day - Album CoverThe album On This Perfect Day from Arjen Lucassen‘s Progressive Metal project Guilt Machine feels vaguely familiar to tunes heard in the past that are stored in my vast music collection in my brain. But similarity is actually more in concept, than in tune. Why? Because this here Long Island Ice Tea is much more complex than just simple tunes strung together. And it has the hallmarks of some modern Pink Floyd style production or something in this direction. Or at least this resembles what we got served back in time when they were all high on stuff. Psychedelic progressive rock at its best.

In all honesty, I was about to throw this out the window when first listening to On This Perfect Day.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Stream of Passion – The Flame Within (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Stream of Passion Flame Within - Album CoverHere is a band that improves with the past? Or should we say they decline as they move forward into the future? Well, first I reviewed Stream of Passion‘s newest album ‘A War of Our Own’ newest meaning 2014 – and not being impressed too much, turned in desperation to some older stuff they produced. And … BINGO! The band’s second studio album ‘The Flame Within’ really delivers a much better brand of Dutch Metal than I would have expected judging by their newest production.

The band recovered nicely, after having been treated somewhat shabbily by Arjen Lucassen, who left his project to Marcela Bovio and departed for shores unknown with two more original members.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Epica – Design Your Universe (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Epica - Design Your Universe - Album CoverWell, is it better than the other records or is it not? After Consign to Oblivion I grew a bit wary of what I was going to find in this Pandora’s box that this band usually delivers. Much to my relief, Epica‘s fourth studio album Design Your Universe is probably one of the better records – previous and past. It kind of sounds like a mix between Delain, Within Temptation and Nightwish fueled by top quality vitamins. They actually quite shamelessly erred on the latter’s territory.

But seriously, this is probably one of the most authentic and complex albums this side of The Phantom Agony.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Train – Save me, San Francisco (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Train - Save me, San Francisco - Album CoverWell, busted: Here is one of my favorites – RockmusicRaider going mainstream billboard chasin’! What is the world coming to? 

Train, faithfully headed by lead singer Pat Monahan and supported by long time members Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood (left the band in 2014, by the way), always get me up to a good mood again. OK, I get it, folks: No metal there. So sorry. But you know what? If you ever lived in good old California, which I did, this is THE style. If you talk simple rock and nothing sturdier, of course. Pop is an altogether other matter and filled with all of those pop queens that we won’t get into.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Leaves’ Eyes – Njord (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Leaves' Eyes - Njord - Album CoverIrish Rain from the Norwegian/German band Leaves’ Eyes 2009 3rd full studio album Njord actually sounds pretty good. But only just – and it is a folk song to boot. A few pipes, a little foggy, fairy voice chirping along about the rain in Ireland and bang, you got a song. This actually fits well with the overall structure of the album – more to that later. Njord is – by the way –  the ancient god of seafarers. But also the terror of all seamen who face the ocean at their peril each day. At least that was the case back in time of the Vikings, when they were striking terror into Europe’s heart.Got hooked? Raid this some more...