Illuminata – A World So Cold (2011) – Review

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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 [...] Click to raid 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 where else would they come from? The land of eternal night it must be. 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 Melodic Death Metal with a Doom Death Metal component that is very pronounced. 

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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, [...] Click to raid more!

Evanescence – Evanescence (2011) – Review

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Oh my!

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

First signs of this to happen already appeared in their former record The Open Door, where one could observe a certain lack of direction and oomph. But still, the latter record contained a lot of good stuff to render it more memorable.

This record here, however, tops it in the negative arena. Evanescence sounds like Amy [...] Click to raid more!