Trillium – Alloy (2011) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Trillium - Alloy - Album CoverI have been a fan of Amanda Somerville ever since she appeared on my radar. Mainly perceived as a background singer at first. This when starting to review Epica‘s tribulations in The Phantom Agony. Then her other talents and projects came to light. Such as the Kiske/Somerville records that have brought her some considerable fame. And here she is with her own production and début album Alloy‘of her gig ‘Trillium‘.

So, excitement reigned and I could not wait to listen to this new record. Looking at the excellent album art and some samples found on YouTube – expectations running high. But – hells bells – whilst attempting to place itself in the Gothic Metal arena (without growls, much to my relief..), Alloy really bends towards a rocky version of the Pop Metal universe (I am leaning far out the window here..).Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Arch Enemy – Khaos Legions (2011) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions - Album CoverScreech! Angela Gossow in full form and going strong, like an angry cheetah. Expertly delivering Melodic Death Metal at its best really is the specialty of Arch Enemy. And it just blasts you out of your reverie into paying attention of what is going on in your earphones.

The 2011 album Khaos Legions is the last one to date featuring Angela Gossow and Christopher Amott. Ironically, in 2014 the latter had to replace one of the guitarists leaving in a hurry in the midst of the War Eternal tour. But only temporarily until Jeff Loomis arrived in November of the same year to cover the rest. Chris is currently mainly busy with his off and on project ArmageddonGot hooked? Raid this some more...

Illuminata – A World So Cold (2011) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Illuminata - A World So Cold - Album CoverI have no idea where all these mediocre reviews come from I tortured myself reading. And why the fuck I did this to myself is beyond me. The 2011 album A World So Cold from the Austrian band Illuminata is simply refreshing. Perhaps apart from the bodged intro that just wants to make you scream and kick the walls, that is.

Pure Symphonic Metal of the Gothic kind, best described as  Within Temptation with an edge, mixed with some Xandria style elements. Add a hint of Nightwish to this medley and it will put a smile on your face. With just enough bombast to avoid disturbing my metal feelings too much.Got hooked? Raid this some more...