Henry Metal – So It Hath Begun (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Henry Metal - And So It Hath Begun - Album CoverYou have records that follow you around like some sort of a ghost. They lurk in the background, hide in the corners of your auditory senses. With a sound that is kinda good, but not really good. Sturdy metal that should warrant your attention, but then again doesn’t really captivate. Because the vile mainstream raises its ugly head each time you pick up the record, out of a morass of same, same but different. Stuff we somehow heard before in a misty broth of elements loosely strung together with guitar strings. This so happened with Henry Metal and his 2107 début album So It Hath Begun.

Yet, what really got me to listen to this record in more detail is the ‘let’s break things’ approach this gig has taken. The cheeky aspect that just adds a little spice to the metal. And the fact that Henry Metal does not take things too seriously, methinks.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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 take 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. The solos and riffs are of all kinds and colors that for sure will make Michael Amott of Arch Enemy go pale with envy. And I believe the ghost of Dio is just traipsing around somewhere in the background, when hearing this. This mixed with a heavy dose of Iron Maiden to spice it up some. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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. Since its inception, Sirenia produced 7 studio albums, The Seventh Life Path being the latest (get the drift..), released earlier in 2015. The music displayed on the album is complex and varied – very Gothic Metal in style with a Symphonic twist. And – unfortunately – very pop too. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!