Valfreya – Promised Land (2017) – Review

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I am unsure where this somewhat morbid fascination with the history of marauding Norsemen going Viking comes from. After all, they invaded the homesteads of foreign populations, looted, killed, raped, and enslaved until there was no one left. And then they settled the lands for whatever it was worth. I believe the dwellers of the early English kingdoms would have a few stories to tell.

But here we are, and Viking Metal bands are legion these days. And let’s face it: Metal with all its dark facets is just perfect to describe yonder sea adventures and battles alike. RockmusicRaider already … [...] Click to raid more!

Mighty Oaks – Dreamers (2017) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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The crew populating the vast office spaces at the RMR Tower sometimes says the damnedest things. Like this promise we made a long time ago after the Howl review released. The statement was that we would be back shortly with this review that – today – finally gets a taste of our writing prowess.

So, here we are back with Mighty Oaks‘s sophomore full-length album Dreamers. And a long wait it was indeed.

But, you see, there’s a reason for everything.

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The Rasmus – Dark Matters (2017) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - The Rasmus - Dark Matters - Album Cover You know what I accused Train of? That they went for some rosy, politically correct bullshit. A sugar-sweet regurgitation of whatever American feel-good spin doctors advertise. 

Gone are the days of carefree bouncing about the stage, and having a rebellious and jolly good time. If it is because of advancing age or because of the thought police would be the subject of a completely different post.

Now, I detect something of the exact same ilk with The Rasmus.

Even if similarity does not mean that they committed the same capital sin. The band’s [...] Click to raid more!

Ana and the Black Mamba – All is Wrong (2017) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ana and the Black Mamba - All is Wrong - Album Cover Where is Ana? That was the quest the RMR deck crew and its captain embarked on when starting with All is Wrong of Ana and the Black Mamba. Because, for the life of us, the expected Amy Winehouse lookalike did not happen. ‘Tis a guy singing, right? And there’s no chick anywhere in prominent position. For sure not in front of any microphone. 

Well, in desperation we inquired with the band. And – lo and behold – Ana does not exist. Instead, the word means ‘I’ in Arabic. There you go: Contrite RockmusicRaider[...] Click to raid more!