Carach Angren – Where the Corpses Sink Forever (2012) – Review

Last updated on 5 April 2021

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Epic. This denomination sometimes comes to mind for records in genres like Symphonic Metal. But very often with a pretty negative connotation attached to it. 

Because time and again, many of those bands really go way over board with whatever it is they try to achieve. To the point of an identity crisis full of molten cheese, where these outfits cannot decide if they want to be an opera or not.

Now, to project such a prodigious award on an Extreme Metal or Black Metal band is relatively rare. The [...] Click to raid more!

Tiamat – The Scarred People (2012) – Review

Last updated on 20 July 2020

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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. Yet, whatever you would like to say, this is one of their strong points. They clearly do not want [...] Click to raid more!

Train – California 37 (2012) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Train - California 37 - Album Cover Well, 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 – [...] Click to raid more!

Lacuna Coil – Dark Adrenaline (2012) – Review

Last updated on 2 October 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Lacuna Coil - Dark Adrenaline - Album CoverFirst impression: Talk about crispy and – yes – meaty. Very meaty! Thundering 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, the record kind of sounds like Evanescence in The Open Door without lithium. Yet again, Andrea Ferro‘s Amorphis-esque interludes do undoubtedly add a [...] Click to raid more!