Et Moriemur – Ex Nihilo In Nihilum (2014 / 2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Et Moriemur - Ex Nihilo in Nihilum - Album CoverSometimes records sit in the review pipe for no good reason for a very long time. And get passed over time and time again, just to be rediscovered more by accident than by design. This so happened with the Dying Ones from the Czech Republic. In 2014 Et Moriemur unleashed a pretty underrated Doom Metal album called Ex Nihilo In Nihilum via Solitude Productions. Just to get a re-issue very late in 2016 by Minotauro Records. So, why feature this album on the blog now, so very long after the fact?

First because they are good at what they do. There is no mistaking the doomish flavor in everything present on that disc.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Myrkur – Myrkur (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Myrkur - Myrkur - Album CoverThou shalt not review old records, because it is a waste of your life energy! The 11th Commandment of a review blog. Right? But rulez are there to be broken – at least sometimes. So, let’s have a look at what was, before M graced us with its unholy presence. And yes, we will harken back in time to the beginnings of Myrkur and their self-titled EP. You heard that right. The very same band, who earlier last year – in 2015 – roughed up the Black Metal world real good. And she did that so well, Myrkur ended up at the top spot of RockmusicRaider’s 2015 Top Ten Records.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Empty Trail – Hollow Hearted (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Empty Trail - Hollow Hearted - Album CoverNot sure what it is with the Lone Star State. The flag? Stetsons? The water? Or is it the Texan climate that seems to churn out musicians of a special kind. Empty Trail reaches us from Austin, TX with their 2nd EP Hollow Hearted that was released back in 2014. 

Now, if I hear one-man band, EP, start-up and such, expectations are usually limited – teeth grindingly limited. Heard it all before already: Some of them are good. But often they range from cannot sing, but good sound to no sound, but great vocals, to just plain disaster. Sometimes I wonder how some of these guys can build a fan base.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Lacuna Coil – Broken Crown Halo (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Lacuna Coil - Broken Crown Halo - Album CoverYou know what this makes me think of? Mainstream – rock solid mainstream. This is what the 7th studio album ‘Broken Crown Halo’ of Lacuna Coil screams at me. All this wrapped nicely in the typical Lacuna Coil ball gown – perhaps with more Pop Rock mixed into it this time. Some softer tongues (not the evil ones, for once) in the reviewer community seem to tell me that all this is an attempt for Lacuna Coil to redeem themselves and to re-discover their old style. But gosh, if I would face the final exit of a long time lead guitarist AND the drummer to boot, for sure I would put the pedal to the metal.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Train – Bulletproof Picasso (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Train - Bulletproof Picasso - Album CoverThis is the Year of the Lord 1984 and we are listening to The Police, featuring Sting. Right?? Nope. It is actually present-day Train even imitating the Caribbean lilt in their opening song Cadillac, Cadillac that the former and long dissolved band did so well. Well ok – speak about transformation. Kind of a weak start to what should be a stellar record. This is how the band’s new 7th studio album Bulletproof Picasso opens up and it is not really with a volley of artillery fire that will boost you out to space. Hmm.

It is the first album without Scott Underwood, the long-time drummer, leaving only Pat Monahan and Jimmy Stafford as original founding members.Got hooked? Raid this some more...