Newsflash: Narbeleth take the chains off Indomitvs!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Narbeleth - Indomitvs - Album CoverAre you in the mood? Because you must be in the mood for this. Yes? Well then, follow me down that blackened tunnel to the spot where Narbeleth lustfully indulge in their Black Metal tune. The band’s newest album Indomitvs just delivers whatever my black metal heart desires this dark morning. Right up there with the likes of Batushka‘s Litourgyia or the ritualistic Darkend.   

Their menu: Traditional Black Metal in all its unholy Northern splendor. And this without a lot of the current-day theatrics that we have to put up with. At least this is the first impression. Because the band adds some pretty discreet, yet decently hot spice to their toxic brew.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Paradise Lost – Medusa (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Paradise Lost - Medusa - Album CoverChameleons rule. Small lizards prone to sneak about trees, to look at you weirdly and change color whenever it suits them. The terror of insects of any kind – one hit of their sticky tongue and their victims are history. Well that’s the animal kingdom. But you find them not only there, but also with our brethren in Rock and Metal. Perhaps not as deadly, but for sure very capable to shed skins and change color at a moment’s notice.

Paradise Lost is one of them for sure with their newest concoction Medusa. Jumping styles like the chameleon does colors. We saw them wallow down Gothic Metal lane – as in Draconian Times (1995) or experimenting with electro-pop, synthie madness on Host (1999) and Believe in Nothing (2001).Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: On Top gets Top Dollar!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - On Top - Top Dollar - Album CoverWasn’t I just cruisin’ along these older and newer Hard Rock and Heavy Metal records? Boring down well-worn wormholes to them offerings always does my soul good. And stellar rock and metal they used to produce and still do to this day.

So, surfing about my review pipeline later I came across a sound reminiscent to what I just heard. On Top is their name and their new EP Top Dollar is their game. And by Jove, they come along with a remarkable swagger, throwing their Heavy Metal and Hard Rock infused rock’n’roll at you with a vengeance. A fair dose of Iron Maiden, some (and only some) thrashy snazziness of Metallica and a hint of Dio.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

The New Roses – One More For The Road (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - The New Roses - One More for the Road - Album CoverThere’s a new wave going on. Some sort of a tsunami of bands of the gritty, down’n’dirty rock kind. Occupying spots US bands usually liked to sit on. And hearing them you would bet your money that they live around the dusty roads on the Mid to the South West.

Think again. Many of them have seen the US from afar at best.  And you just wasted all your stereo power amps cruising along this Western highway. On some guys who were not born with stetsons on their heads and cowboy boots on their feet. Damn. 

We are talking about The New Roses. And clearly, the accent, energy levels and tough guy attitude fit.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Leprous – Malina (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Leprous - Malina - Album Cover2017 will be a good year for Progressive and Alternative Rock and Metal. And I have a feeling that some of them players will end up on the 2017 Top 10 Records list. Increased sophistication seems to be the game these days too. Away from heavy-handed djent-ism to more refined shores. So much so that some bands lose their metal chops and reinvent themselves in pop and some tastier versions of rock. The last example is the late To The Bone from Steven Wilson. And no, it did not go pop, but sports some sort of Progressive Rock of the poppy kind. Not bad at all.Got hooked? Raid this some more...