Evanescence – Evanescence (2011) – Review

Last updated on 27 March 2021

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Oh my! I am in mourning. Black clad, bound in leather, a painting of somber colors and polished silver.

What a total and sad downgrade from the heights of Fallen to this album, kind of unhappily named Evanescence. Only that the evanescence1) of this gig seems to have finally disappeared completely.

First signs for this to happen already appeared on their former record The Open Door. The record that suffered from a certain lack of direction and oomph in the lower parts of the tracklist. Yet, the latter contained a … [...] Click to raid more!

Battle Beast – Steel (2011) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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I never quite knew that the space cowboys of Gloryhammer already got bested before they even existed. And by a Heavy Metal band to boot, not from the folks of the Power Metal realm.

In other words, I stumbled across a band that indulges in a screamy, old and often somewhat stubbornly conformist style. A genre that seems to be on a downward slide since NWoBHM left the stage. It’s gone, they said. Never to come back, they said.

Yet, Battle Beast‘s Steel really proves them all wrong, and … [...] Click to raid more!

Ildra – Eðelland (2011 / 2018) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ildra - Eðelland - Album Cover Some 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. [...] Click to raid more!

Trillium – Alloy (2011) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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I have been a fan of Amanda Somerville ever since she appeared on my radar. Mainly as a background vocalist at first, starting with Epica’s The Phantom Agony. Then her other talents and projects came to light and prominence. Such as the Kiske/Somerville records that have brought her some considerable fame. And here she is again, with her own production and debut album Alloy of her gig Trillium.

So, excitement reigned and I could not wait to listen to this new record. Just Looking at the excellent album art and some samples found on YouTube [...] Click to raid more!