Black Sabbath – Paranoid (1970) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Black Sabbath - Paranoid - Album CoverA new installment of the Old’n’Tasty series beckons. So, what better record to spiff this list up some than Paranoid from good ‘ol Black Sabbath. Even if its slow start did not really bode well in 1970. The album did however finally make it to quadruple platinum. But only in 1995, some 25 years later.

This is one of these records that improves with age like good red wine. And that many experts now consider a classic. But in the harsh light of reality, is it really that good? And what on earth [...] Click to raid more!

Halestorm – Into the Wild Life (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Halestorm - Into The Wild - Album CoverThis 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 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, [...] Click to raid more!

Hanzel Und Gretyl – Satanik Germanik (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Hanzel und Gretyl - Satanik Germanik - Album Cover“Hänsel und Gretel verliefen sich im Wald. Es war so dunkel und auch so bitterkalt.”

Sounds familiar? Kind of does, doesn’t it? Echoes from your childhood days that somehow followed you around through the years. Stories told by the fire that were supposed to teach, but always left a sense of slight unease. If not a feeling of outright queasiness.

It is always ironic, when parents try to keep their kids away from violent movies, but then turn to fairy tales that talk about drowning your enemies, poisoning your foes or again fattening up [...] Click to raid more!

Aexylium – Tales from this Land (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Tales From This Land - Album Cover

Aexylium call their creation Folk Metal, like so many others before them. This made us expect some leafy representation of Huldre or a gangnam version of Kanseil once the review crew started on the record. Who knows? Maybe one can concoct some catchy dance moves to the beat of bagpipes and hurdy-gurdy? Yet, little did we know what we were going to find. 

The Italians from Aexylium deliver a lusty tune with their début full length album Tales From This Land. Yet, the first thing you hear in Black Flag is full tilt [...] Click to raid more!