Ildra – Eðelland (2011 / 2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ildra - Eðelland - Album CoverSome bands bury themselves so far underground, it is amazing that we can actually find them. You need to be a tunnel rat for Norad to unearth them, though. And still, you will be able to find them only with some sort of nuclear powered detection device. Or else they will just dig down further, like some giant metal mole in a cosmic rage.

A myriad of Black Metal outfits have already tried this hide-and-seek approach, wearing masks and threatening everybody and sundry with the Dark Lord, should they try to uncover their identity. But seldom have we come across a band like Ildra and their first-born Eðelland. This particular band is so invisible that they probably don’t even show in mirrors. Mystery history painted in dreary colors of the cold wastes of Kadath or something. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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..). And some rehashed versions of other styles that we all heard before, trying to get in with the likes of Evanescence and such.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Arch Enemy – Khaos Legions (2011) – Review


Screech! '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 what is going on in your earphones.

The 2011 album 'Khaos Legions' is the last one to date featuring 'Angela Gossow' and 'Christopher Amott'.