Finsterforst – Rastlos (2012) – Review

Last updated on 20 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Finsterforst - Rastlos - Album CoverI came across Finsterforst via their latest 2014 record Mach Dich Frei and found them forest boys of good, crunchy quality. In style, clear delivery and technical prowess. Yet the lyrics were wanting somewhat, too much hate mail there. But by and large their tune turns out to be pretty mature.  

Now, their magic potion Rastlos is different. 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Passenger – All the Little Lights (2012) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Passenger - All the Little Lights - Album Cover It was one of these ‘interesting, tell me more’ experiences that got me looking into the British gig Passenger. Since the official breakup of the band in 2009, Mike Rosenberg basically manages the outfit, together with a few studio musicians.

Little chipmunk voice seemingly coming from the Master of Nerds, letting off steam over everyday issues. Sometimes of the trivial kind, sometimes with a little 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.
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The Rasmus – The Rasmus (2012) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - The Rasmus - Album CoverI was very worried about the not-so-stellar solo performance of Lauri Ylönen produced in his 2011 solo album New World. This sounded like some kind of a bad to worse development of former terrors, along the line of what we saw happening in The Rasmus last record. But – to our good fortune – this did not happen in this new record. Which is a big relief.

OK, it is now a given, folks! Their style is fully anchored in Pop Rock. But there’s nothing bad about that. If you do not like
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Eluveitie – Helvetios (2012) – Review

Last updated on 2 October 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Eluveitie - Helvetios - Album CoverAh thank you, oh Helvetian Ones! You just have to love the drummer on steroids that the Swiss band Eluveitie (apparently the old pagan name of today’s Switzerland) employs. This guy seems to work himself from one nervous breakdown frenzy to another on his drums.

Combined with the savvy mix of modern-day and archaic instruments, AND again together with the usual growls and rumblings, Helvetios becomes an astonishing piece of Pagan Melodic Death Metal or Folk Metal. Good work from the band around Chrigel Glanzmann. 

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