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...

Insomnium – One for Sorrow (2011) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Insomnium - One for Sorrow - Album CoverAh, yes! Sleepless music for the sleepless, made by the Sleepless Ones from Finland on their newest One for Sorrow. And from where else? The land of eternal night. A bit subdued, I would say, but still trademark Insomnium fare. 

Complex tunes established around the growls of Niilo Sevänen, just great Melodic Death Metal at its best. Like freshly ground coffee, to be enjoyed by preference in the morning as a little breakfast music. And you will find Melodeath with a Doom Death Metal component that is very pronounced. 

Perhaps Insomnium push the melancholic button a bit too often. But what can I say? They are from Finland and people up there sometimes tend to be a bit … gloomy – Northern lights and all.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Within Temptation – The Unforgiving (2011) – Review

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Within-Temptation-The-Unforgiving-2011OK, I get it! Nothing is ever easy and change is a constant, as there is no such thing as a steady state in physical music creation. And it needs some courage to do the change-over that these guys have done. Like in radical and absolute. Nothing much left of Metal and Gothic or Symphonic, whilst there are some attempts to get back on track.

The 2011 album The Unforgiving from Within Temptation is a totally new direction from what was before. Some of my co-reviewers compared the record to Nightwish, but there is no Nightwish ingenuity in there, folks. To me it sounds like a mix between Delain and Fleetwood Mac.Got hooked? Raid this some more...