Gentle Knife – Clock Unwound (2017) – Review

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There is a plethora of Progressive Rock and Metal bands out there with an ever growing progosphere to boot. Yet, today’s prog gets dangerously close to the state  of being predictive. Some think good prog needs to be djents and only djents, plus some high pitched wailing. Others profess that only chaos will pay homage to the mighty gods of progressive nirvana. Loki preserve us – forsooth!

Now, this year (still) promises great things, like the new pop-infused (shiver…) album of Steven Wilson after his stellar Hand. Cannot. Erase. Not to forget the pretty cool latest piece of work of Lucassen‘s Ayreon that just arrived.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Dirty Sound Magnet – Western Lies (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dirty Sound Magnet - Western Lies - Album CoverYou’ve got bands that stick to their guns like there is no tomorrow. And they will always rehash what was before until their days run out. Comfort in sounds and numbers, right? And truly, for some it pays off. They fill stadiums with fans wanting nothing more than to listen to the same shit all over again. Mind you, these bands are good at what they do and a lot of fans like precisely that level of comfort.

Then you have others with a distinct taste for risk and change, the ones opening doors that were closed before. Darting off to take yonder foggy pathways that nobody knows where they will lead.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Kings of Moonshine – Iron River (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Kings of Moonshine - Iron River - Album CoverJust think about alt-country and good ol’ root music. Staunch, country-fare American sounds pouring out of your loudspeakers. Lost down in Tennessee, boozed up by too much moonshine, but still good enough to enjoy on a hot summer evening. Then again punkish lo-fi pseudo rock’n’roll aesthetics served on a Southern Comfort laced platter of a full Southern Breakfast.

And clearly sometimes the lines between some sort of desert-tinged rock, punk and real country are blurred and there’s trouble really getting a grip on the genre. Especially if we get disconnected country boys or established chansonniers calling in to state that they are now part of the movement.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Pallbearer – Heartless (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Pallbearer - Heartless - Album CoverDo you remember Khemmis and their 2016 album Hunted? Or King Goat‘s Conduit of that same year? These are powerful pieces of doom, saturated with a flow of tears that these guys kicked out onto the market. Both records have that tendency to keep your attention, even if a certain annoying lengthiness and over-complicated structures are inherent to them. But still powerful stuff nonetheless, ain’t it? This movement towards new doom horizons seems to be the sign of the time with a number of talented newbies coming on board to take over the doom universe from the old guard. And many of them come from the good ‘ol US of A.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Alestorm – Sunset on the Golden Age (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Alestorm - Sunset on the Golden Age - Album CoverYou have got to give it to them: Whatever Christopher Bowes and his gang of merry troubadours touch is fun to listen to. Sometimes too intense for their own good or slightly overdone in reckless cheesiness, but never too serious. And always delivered with an eyewink of sorts. Their personas reach from the Davy Jones infested waters of Alestorm to galaxy hopping goblins in Gloryhammer.

Now this time we descend from bewildering space goblins to some more basic needs Heavy Metal pirates have. And turn the clock back to 2014, when Alestorm‘s fourth full length record Sunset on the Golden Age saw the light of day.Got hooked? Raid this some more...