Arrayan Path – IV: Stigmata (2013) – Review

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HRockmusicRaider Review - IV: Stigmata - Album Coverere is one of the older records that I wanted to do for a while. RockmusisRaider seems to be on the Power Metal train these days. This time with island-infused #metal tea. It always amazes me that Cyprus seems to have this ability to churn out metal bands that keep on getting on my radar. Arrayan Path is one of them and with their 2013 and 4th full-length record IV: Stigmata they have created another #metal laden delight that should for sure retain your attention. 

I just did a review on Unleash The Archers, which pissed me off to no end. Reason being that these guys endlessly rehash the same already badly executed concept.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Gloryhammer – Tales from the Kingdom of Fife (2013) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Tales of the Kingdom of Fife - Album CoverHow to best describe this? Ah, yeah. The band calls it Heroic Fantasy Power Metal, no less. Okay, it indeed feels like the beginning of the Kingdom of Cheese. This is what happens, when a Scottish pirate and a Swiss cheese artist come together to form a band. The début of the mighty Gloryhammer called Tales from the Kingdom of Fife happens. That’s what! 

Reminiscent of Hammerfall in many cases, the album for sure does not break any new ground, but whatever ground they break is presented with an absolutely stellar enthusiasm and a technical prowess that puts other debuting bands to shame. And puts established bands in the genre to their place, no fucking kidding.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn (2013) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn - Album CoverOkay, I am hooked. The Austrian synthie pop Black Metal universe gets me feeling all funny inside. Especially if this talks to my benevolent Depeche Mode nerve that was long thought dead, but now tries to resurrect itself. Seriously! Summoning with their 2013 Old Mornings Dawn are marching down their straight Roman road to Middle Earth still after all these years. To be more precise, it is 7 long years of waiting – incidentally the critical period in any kind of relationship. 

And the question here will mainly be: Who delivers the better Atmospheric Black Metal? Caladan Brood – the new flavor on the market (well, not quite that new anymore) – or Summoning with their last?Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Amorphis – Circle (2013) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Amorphis - Circle - Album CoverIt is the Amorphis trademark sound alright, no doubt about it. But I am still confused. Circle, the 11th studio album of Finnish metal artists Amorphis showcases its pockets of excellence very well. Actually many of them. But then also lots of elements that absolutely make no sense to me. And you just ask yourself: Quo Vadis, Amorphis?

Okay, it may very well be – as it was opined by some of my co-reviewers – that the band has been on the lookout of a different, more unique sound. Somewhat confirmed in their follow-on album Under The Red Cloud in 2015, where they managed to kick it up a few gears and add some additional juice to their tune.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Caladan Brood – Echoes of Battle (2013) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Caladan Brood Echoes of Battle - Album CoverLooking for stellar Atmospheric Black Metal? An epic battle of forces unknown?  Morowind on steroids? The 2013 début album Echoes of Battle of the startup Caladan Brood cuts you right down the middle, chews you up and spits you out again. Straight into the grand Epic Atmospheric Black Metal landscape they portray, mixed into this is here black magic potion.

Okay, you purists, admitted! They cruise (very, very) dangerously close to the abominable crime of copycat, sounding like Summoning in a way that is – almost exactly like them. And they indeed take the typically Chinese art of plagiarism a little far. Just look at the logo and be amazed.Got hooked? Raid this some more...