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 [...] Click to raid 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, but 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Insomnium – Across the Dark (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Insomnium - Across the Dark - Album CoverWhen the cold dark wind is howling through the countryside with a bleak moon illuminating the wolves looking for sorry beasts to hunt down, then this is about the mood the 2009 album Across the Dark from the Finnish metallers Insomnium appears to transmit to the poor listener.  Unless you are a metal fan and a melancholic Melodic Death Metal fan to boot. 

But relax: Nothing there about poor fans and such. This is stellar Melodic Death Metal produced by Insomnium and I absolutely love the way they present their music. Of course (and we know it), this band spouts [...] Click to raid more!

Delain – April Rain (2009) – Review

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Kind of closely following their late 2006 album Lucidity in style, April RainDelain‘s 2009 Symphonic and Gothic Metal concoction, is nevertheless a step up in speed and overall juice. 

Nightwish remains a clear influence on this new record, too. The style of which is clearly brought to the forefront by Marco Hietala‘s excellent contribution to this album.

As in the track Control The Storm that really takes off, with some typical raw power Marco usually brings to the party. The consequence – however – is that at times the production sounds a bit too much like Nightwish itself. [...] Click to raid more!