Halestorm – Halestorm (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider review - Halestorm - Halestorm - Album Cover I had never heard of Lzzy Hale before and for sure nothing of a US band called Halestorm. Wassatt? A spelling mistake? Well, folks, joking stopped like right away when I started to listen to their first track on their album named after themselves. Where did this rock-hard bundle of energy come from, roaring out of my headphones with this take-no-prisoners attitude. Holy. Shit.

Since then they have my undivided attention and I have Lzzy Hale and her band in highest esteem. Halestorm produce high quality Rock of a kind that you will have [...] Click to raid more!

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

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RockmusicRaider Review Guilt Machine Perfect Day - Album Cover The album On This Perfect Day from Arjen Lucassen‘s Progressive Metal project Guilt Machine feels vaguely familiar. With tunes heard in the past that are stored in my vast music collection – somewhere.

But similarity is actually more in concept, than in tune. 

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 consumed back in time, when they were all high on stuff. Psychedelic Progressive Rock at [...] Click to raid 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. So, I 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 [...] Click to raid 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 [...] Click to raid more!