Nirvana – Nevermind (1991) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nirvana - Nevermind - Album CoverSometimes it is tough to give the past a real hard and unforgiving look. Especially when it comes to emotionally laden and much hyped-about albums like Nevermind from the long defunct band Nirvana. And there are emotions galore in and surrounding this album. Not to forget the band in particular.

On top, one would think that pretty much all was already said, written or otherwise dispensed of in relation to this album. In books, films and in endless, sometimes contradicting articles on the news or on the never-forgetting internet. Or was it? So, it is somewhat of a challenging task to get a few critical words out into the open that others did not yet cover ad nauseam.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Rotting Christ – Khronos (2000) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Rotting Christ - Khronos - Album CoverWe write the year 2000. This was the time when the world awoke to the Y2K disaster that did not happen, even if it was widely hyped. Christ did not return to this mortal coil neither, nor the devil for that matter. No earthquakes to speak of, the Earth did not break up and no major asteroids hit the blue planet. A non-event after all these predictions, Nostradamus be damned.

But the Black Metal universe in contrast spawned a felt gazillion of metal records. To cite just two of them: Immortal crab-walked themselves into Damned in Black and Gorgoroth hailed the beginnings of their master with Incipit Satan.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

The Vicious Head Society – Abject Tomorrow (2017) – Review

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I already was a big fan of the complicated sound compilations of Progressive Rock and Metal way back in time, when music was only fun and games. Seriously. And I am not only thinking of the early ones in the ’70s, but also of what happened later in the ’80s, when AC/DC and the NWoBHM rocked, yet the progressive folks kind of dwelled at the edge of this particular swamp of their own making.

Just transport yourself way back to bands like Styx, the early Kansas, the corny old offerings of Yes or the flute invested utterings of early Jethro Tull. And we still find this sound today with modern bands: The squeaky keyboard offerings, gallivanting melodies leading nowhere and anywhere.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Haken – Affinity (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Haken - Affinity - Album CoverOne of the most popular kids on the metal block these days is Progressive Metal. The style in its rocky incarnation has been around for a while, of course. Just think about old rock bands like Jethro Tull, Kansas or Uriah Heep who got famous by not adjusting to the norm. Just to name a very few.

Over the last years some sort of renaissance saw the light of day in the prog genre. Not all is good and groovy, though. Frankly, you need to beware of many bands that adorn themselves with the accoutrements of Progressive Rock and Metal. Hit a few djents, deliver some odd drum work and yell weirdly about the soundscape.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Tethra – Like Crows For The Earth (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Tethra - Like Crows for the Earth - Album CoverAh, yes! The early signs point towards a more abundant reappearance of Progressive and Doom Metal in 2017. Even if 2016 in itself was not bad already. And – looking at the RockmusicRaider pipeline – there is already an inkling of many such delights. We are not necessarily talking about the known bands only, but also a plethora of relatively unknown gigs. That is good news, as these genres are in need for bands with new ideas coming on board.

The Italian band Tethra with their sophomore full length offering Like Crows For The Earth comes along with an interesting style package. The band saw the dreary and tear-drenched mists of this mortal coil for the first time in 2008, founded by one Rosario Maria Plumari aka David “Belfagor” Newmann (Horrid).Got hooked? Raid this some more...