Delfinia – Deep Elevation (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Delfinia - Deep Elevation - Album CoverSometimes you vow stuff. And you wish you better did not. Because vows are there to be broken. This time, the vow was about not covering any new Melodic or Symphonic Metal bands anymore. Or any other newcomer in Power Metal that somehow tries to emerge from an ocean of lookalikes. Dime-a-dozen deliveries, with an ever yesterday’s sound, rehashed all over again. Right? 

Well, it did not quite work out that way. Time to be contrite, RMR.

Because here we stumbled across Delfinia from the vast plains of Ukraine. And they just released their new album Deep Elevation. Their [...] Click to raid more!

Amon Amarth – Berserker (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Amon Amarth - Berserker - Album CoverSometimes things just fit. At the time of the release of Berserker, Amon Amarth‘s 2019 epic, I was just reading the newest novel of Bernard Cornwell’s Viking series.

A perfect backdrop to a great story, whilst Johan Hegg growls about the English growing confused when faced with the berserkers of the Norse invaders. Back in time, way back in time.

And it is interesting how stamina and – for sure – authenticity will keep you on track with a style that did not change much over time. If anything, Amon Amarth will serve as a dead-certain value in [...] Click to raid more!

Scorpions – Lovedrive (1979) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Scorpions - Lovedrive - Album CoverIt was the album art that drew me to this particular Scorpions album at first. Yeah, the sticky finger one. Of the guy who wanted to go a-touching, and paid the ultimate price. In a truly adolescent setting to boot.

These were the times of all kinds of surreal shit on album covers. And much more provocative ones than this one, too. This delicious rebel streak is long gone, unfortunately, and replaced by whitewashed rosiness of uniform political correctness. And some of them covers were decidedly tasty.

Oh, and did I mention it? Quite unsurprisingly and as always, the cover [...] Click to raid more!