Myrkur – Myrkur (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Myrkur - Myrkur - Album Cover Thou shalt not review old records, because it is a waste of your life energy! The 11th Commandment of a review blog.

Right? 

But rulez exist 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 circle back in time to the beginnings of Myrkur and their self-titled EP. 

You heard that right.

The very same band that earlier last year – in 2015 – roughed up the Black Metal world real good. And she did that so well, Myrkur ended up at [...] Click to raid more!

Empty Trail – Hollow Hearted (2014) – Review

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Not 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 and first EP used at the same time, I’ll start to worry. Then come start-up and such, and expectations are usually limited – teeth-grindingly limited. Heard it all before already.

Some of them bands are good. But often they range [...] Click to raid more!

Lacuna Coil – Broken Crown Halo (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Lacuna Coil - Broken Crown Halo - Album Cover You 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Train – Bulletproof Picasso (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Train - Bulletproof Picasso - Album Cover This is the Year of the Lord 1984 and we are listening to The Police, featuring Sting.

Right? Nope.

It is actually present-day Train and their opening song Cadillac, Cadillac, even imitating the Caribbean lilt that the former and long dissolved band mastered so well. Speak about a truckload of transformation compared to their former offerings. And that already at the start of the album.

This is how the band’s new 7th studio album Bulletproof Picasso opens up. And it is not really with a volley of deadly artillery fire that will boost you out to space.

Kind of [...] Click to raid more!