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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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 (LOL) in the beautiful state of Washington.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Lacuna Coil – Dark Adrenaline (2012) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Lacuna Coil - Dark Adrenaline - Album CoverFirst 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 boot.

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 in The Open Door without lithium, but on steroids.

And this is how best to describe Dark Adrenaline: A rocky, a stormy way of presenting Gothic Metal in a robe pleasing to them masses that judge ye so harshly.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Finsterforst – Rastlos (2012) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Finsterforst - Rastlos - Album CoverI came across Finsterforst via their latest 2014 record Mach Dich Frei and found it actually very good. In style, clear delivery and technical prowess, but found it wanting on lyrics – too much hate mail there. But by and large their tune turns out to be pretty mature on quality – especially in their lead track – just stellar.

Now here I find something different (not utterly, but quite different) with their 2012 magic potion Rastlos. Not sure how to describe it: Insomnium with a Black Forest Pie flavor mixed with a portion of Moonsorrow style of bleak, black winter lakes? Sometimes the similarities are quite startling and perhaps Finsterforst pushed this one a bit far in this here record.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Passenger – All the Little Lights (2012) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Passenger - All the Little Lights - Album CoverIt was one of these ‘interesting, tell me more’ experiences that got me looking into the British gig  Passenger, which basically consists of Mike Rosenberg as lead, plus a few studio musicians. And indeed so – he basically runs this outfit more or less on his own after the official break up of the band back in 2009. 

Little chipmunk voice seemingly coming from the Master of Nerds letting off steam over everyday issues, sometimes of the trivial kind, sometimes with more substance, but not really getting up to speed with his music. Right?? Not so fast! 

Passenger‘s fourth 2012 studio album All The Little Lights is laid back, quiet Folk Rock or simply Folk, interspersed with Pop.
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