Queensrÿche – Condition Hüman (2015) – Review

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Ever since I did the review on the excellent Operation: Mindcrime, I was itching to go ahead and continue reviewing Queensrÿche. They sport a rich heritage of some 40 years of service in rock and metal. Another bunch of seasoned veterans that truly made a mark on the metal scene. Only they were present all over this life-long timespan, unlike others that recently emerged again.

A true career of a rock band, filled with successes, failures (in the eyes of some), and its share of pretty sturdy drama. Just think about the bitter divorce from Geoff Tate[...] Click to raid more!

Die Irrlichter – Zaubergarten (2015) – Review

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The German all-female band Die Irrlichter were a huge blip on our medieval radar for some time. And pretty prominently so. This band continues to fascinate this crew with their melodious style and pretty authentic representation of how medieval music ought to sound. Unless other bands that lose themselves in archaic stomping and howling.

Zaubergarten is the (still) newest and 7th studio album of this band. And it had me hooked right from the beginning. Whilst many of their contemporaries go down the leafy path to arcane wisdom or pleasure themselves with abject salaciousness, the girls around Brigitta Jarischek[...] Click to raid more!

Finsterforst – Mach Dich Frei (2015) – Review

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We covered Mach Dich Frei of Finsterforst already in 2015 for the first time. With the new record looming and RockmusicRaider with more than 510 posts under our belt, we decided to have another go at all that goodness. At these epic sounds reaching us from the – supposedly – darkest of all forests.

In the meantime, the RMR deck crew even insisted to cover Rastlos, which we quite enjoyed. So, something must be good with these folks, right?

This will also stop the endless confusion of Googlebot that did not know where to turn, once it hit the … [...] Click to raid more!

Halestorm – Into the Wild Life (2015) – Review

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This one took me some time to digest, I admit. Sniveling rage gone and replaced by what? Lzzy Hale growing old, going pop and full blues rock on me? For sure this isn’t what we expected from Halestorm for their newest, lengthily announced 2015 magic potion Into the Wild Life.

Methinks that Halestorm tries to jump on to the mainstream train this time. Which would of course be much more alluring money-wise than anything else that the band could generate screaming about outside, off the beaten track. But then, they do this mainstream thing Halestorm style, which is kind of reassuring. [...] Click to raid more!