Haken – Vector (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Haken - Vector - Album CoverA variety of currents and undercurrents exist in the Progressive Metal universe. You get the thoughtful ones, those hauling emotion around like a shitload of bricks. The Reticent comes to mind. You have the experimental dudes like Wilderun, walking down them steps, towards alternative and avantgarde laden pastures.

And then you get the djent division.

Those who think that good prog inevitably must be stuffed with a goodly measure of djentability. Leprous or Vvon Dogma I are somewhat of an extremist example of those. And you’ll find many others of the same ilk, [...] Click to raid more!

INK – Loom (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ink - Loom - Album CoverThe RMR deck crew loves the extraordinary. The tunes that sit outside of the vile mainstream. Those bands that push the boundaries towards galaxies unknown. And it don’t always need to be the smelly underbelly of the metal multiverse necessarily.

RockmusicRaider often also fancy relatively unknown bands and not only those with a gazillion records under their belts already. That is contrary to many reviewers, whose claim to fame resides solely with known bands. 

The Greek horde INK has been sailing about the outskirts of our musical consciousness for quite a while. Not only [...] Click to raid more!

Carpe Noctem – Vitrun (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Carpe Noctem - Vitrun - Album CoverAre you in the mood for some harsh metal? The mood to face the terrors of the underbelly of the metal multiverse?

If so, take the black door to your left. The one that leads to the square with the blood-red columns, where the cold wastes start and the terrifying winds blow. Those that will chill your soul with their unearthly howling. Just before the gods of the underground spew forth their heated breath to roast it to a crisp.

Some time ago we covered Dodecahedron with its pointed splinters of sharpened Extreme Metal. [...] Click to raid more!

Halestorm – Halestorm (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider review - Halestorm - Halestorm - Album CoverI had never heard of Lzzy Hale before and for sure nothing of a US band called Halestorm. Wassatt? A spelling mistake? Well, folks, joking stopped like right away when I started to listen to their first track on their album named after themselves. Where did this rock-hard bundle of energy come from, roaring out of my headphones with this take-no-prisoners attitude. Holy. Shit.

Since then they have my undivided attention and I have Lzzy Hale and her band in highest esteem. Halestorm produce high quality Rock of [...] Click to raid more!