Tiamat – The Scarred People (2012) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Tiamat Scarred People - Album CoverYou know what? The Swedish band Tiamat‘s 2012 album The Scarred People sounds like Moonspell on a sunny day. Minus the evil menace the latter exude throughout their productions. I know – the Moonspell line was already present on the Wildhoney review, but what can I do? You could also argue that it is some weird mixture of Type O Negative and The Sisters of Mercy.

The stylish turncoat attitude is very prevalent with Tiamat – actually an attitude to be applauded. They clearly do not want to be put into silos and I like that. But what a difference from The Scarred People to Sumerian Cry or their masterpiece Wildhoney. Whereas the latter is more similar to what we get to hear now. In a way you need to salute them, never a dull moment when discovering a new album. But I had my issues with this record from the beginning. It is for sure well produced, kind of the music you would listen to when reading a book, not taking notice from what is there.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Train – California 37 (2012) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Train - California 37 - Album CoverWell, who would have thought that? After breaking out from obscurity to some better, more lighted shores with their last album, Train managed to land another great record with their 6th studio album California 37. I was very, VERY worried when I heard that they started on a new album way back then. ‘Cause Murphy sez that there is a great risk for the follow on productions to fall into the hands of the Lord of Darkness and never return.

But here, I feel the sunny warmth of California on my skin – a very pleasant surprise. Even if Pat Monahan is actually not from CA, he is from Erie, Pennsylvania (the provincial town sitting right on the lake of the same name) and officially resides in the beautiful state of Washington. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Lacuna Coil – Dark Adrenaline (2012) – Review

First impression: Talk about crispy and - yes - meaty. Very meaty! Low bass, scratchy, corny - all that jazz! This is how the 6th studio album 'Dark Adrenaline' of the Italian band 'Lacuna Coil' presents itself at the opening. And with some nice and very #Metal tunes to booth. Or should we say 'would like' to present itself? Because on the other hand, whilst definitely rocky and straightforward, it kind of sounds like 'Evanescence' without lithium and on steroids.