Unleash The Archers – Time Stands Still (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Unleash The Archers - Time Stands Still - Album CoverTalk about boundless energy. I am listening to the 2015 3rd studio album Time Stands Still of Unleash the Archers. And holy shit, these guys are taking off like a fucking rocket on steroids. Only this is one of those hate/love affairs all over again. Something is rotten in this record that has received mostly positives to date. When frankly, it is not all infinitive bliss. Yeah, you heard that one right: It is technically flawless, but looking at it as the sum of all parts? Not so sure.

Unleash The Archers perform a brand of Power and Speed Metal that is for sure not as cheesy as some of the reviews I read were suggesting.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Sirenia – The Seventh Life Path (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sirenia - The Seventh Life Path - Album CoverYou know, I like Gothic Metal and Symphonic Metal. I really do. It is usually more melodious and varied than the more straightforward types of metal that are existing out there. And after a weekend of down’n’dirty metal crunch, some Symphonic band-aid to soothe my bleeding ears is a welcome change. But here I am listening to the Spanish/Norwegian Gothic Metal band of two+ Sirenia‘s latest studio album The Seventh Life Path. And already I am confused.

No doubt: The talent at work is impressive. Morten Veland founded the gig back in 2001, the multi-instrumentalist In-Chief. And Ailyn Giménez serving you with vocals since 2008.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Tiamat – The Scarred People (2012) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Tiamat Scarred People - Album CoverYou know what? The Swedish band Tiamat‘s 2012 album The Scarred People sounds like Moonspell on a sunny day. Minus the evil menace the latter exude throughout their productions. I know – the Moonspell line was already present on the Wildhoney review, but what can I do? You could also argue that it is some weird mixture of Type O Negative and The Sisters of Mercy.

The stylish turncoat attitude is very prevalent with Tiamat – actually an attitude to be applauded. They clearly do not want to be put into silos and I like that. But what a difference from The Scarred People to Sumerian Cry or their masterpiece Wildhoney.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 deadly 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...

Amaranthe – The Nexus (2013) – Review

Wow! We found ourselves some nexus here. Right? The Rasmus on steroids with a taste of Britney Spears! And this featuring a female front and two more male singers – one clear voice, the other growls. It is kind of a vocalist overkill of sorts. And all that voodoo is delivered without the feathers that you would have gotten from Lauri and his gang! One could describe it as total Pop and Disco Metal, fully out of control, but with a few solos made by Olof Mörck. Those got my attention straight away by the way – not bad at all.

In addition, some of the growls would make Arch Enemy proud.Got hooked? Raid this some more...