Shadygrove – In The Heart Of Scarlet Wood (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Shadygrove - In the Heart of Scarlet Wood - Album CoverI had a complaint. It all centered around the lack of folk on the RockmusicRaider blog. A sentiment that the RMR deck crew heartily supported by the way. The zine got a pretty tough metallic shine over the last months – growls, corpse paint and all. And this is just dandy of course, no contest. But our credo also leans towards the more folksy aspects of the music multiverse. 

So, what better surprise than this alluring blurb from Italy that just wafted over the alps. ‘Tis exactly that medicine that we need to soothe our metal-hot nerves with. Complete with a Celtic, kind of Medieval flavor and a sprinkling of pop culture to boot.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Lenore S. Fingers – All Things Lost on Earth (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider review - Lenore S. Fingers - All Things lost on Earth - Album CoverSomeone opined a few days ago that the musical buck stops once you cross the alps and go South. In this guy’s august take on the scene, only classical music remains. But rock, folk and – for sure – metal take a nosedive to nothingness once you start cruising along the Po. And truly so, things change indeed, but not quite this way. From German precision, French bonhomie or the British stiff upper lip and lukewarm beer, you change into a more laid-back realm. But this does not mean non-existence of modern music, bad quality or – Loki forbid – a lack of intensity. Quite the contrary.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Infected Syren – Infected Syren (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Infected Syrens - Self-Titled - Album CoverRockmusicRaider already covered a number of bands from Cyprus. Blynd or again Arrayan Path come to mind – to name just two. But never did we get a band like Infected Syren on the review list that seems to originate from the London East End much more than coming from an island in the Med.

And they are sinners. You don’t think they are? They are, for sure. Vile, rotten language. Spitting about the stage. Loud, brutal and fast guitar play with reckless abandon. Rebellious, ruthless screaming of vocals in a staccato voice seemingly reaching us from the past, straight from the ’70s. Devil-may-care innuendo at every dark turn of the record.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Argus – From Fields of Fire (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Argus - From the Fields of Fire - Album CoverButch Balich was really productive in 2017. First, he managed to get on the RockmusicRaider radar with his Arduini/Balich act. And this one got a pretty good reception already. But – of course – Dawn of Ages was a side project of his as we all know.

Now he is back with his alma mater Argus and their newest concoction From Fields of Fire. After four years of wait, we finally get a new dose of really good ‘ol Heavy Metal the way it was meant to be. Meat and potatoes, the real thing. And all of that delivered with the Graham Bonnet-esque belting that always gets on the sunny side of me.Got hooked? Raid this some more...