Dawn of Ouroboros – The Art of Morphology (2020) – Review

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The RMR deck crew fancies bands gallivanting across styles and genres. Those with little regard to the proverbial little boxes the purists like so much. Because they are the ones that bring that fresh wind into stale soundscapes that often border on the morose.

The appetites for charting new courses vary of course. You get the politically correct ones that carefully navigate about their metal.

And then you get the carefree bands. Those that happily throw the compass overboard and just head out into that wide-open metal sea. Never mind cliffs, storms, and maneuvers.

And Dawn [...] Click to raid more!

Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind (1983) – Review

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Let’s face it. The ’80s were Iron Maiden‘s heyday. Alongside others, like the mighty Dio, this band truly wrote metal history. A decade that delighted us with records like The Number of the Beast, Powerslave, or again the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. All of them friggin’ heavy hitters in their own right. Talk about the creativity of a band totally unchained and in full creative vigor.

Fast forward to modern times, it is now some five years since The Book of Souls hit our turntables. And nobody knows yet … [...] Click to raid more!

Totenheer – Die Schwarze Spinne (2020) – Review

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Will 2020 be the year of the storytellers?

We just covered Porta Nigra and their godly blackened airs early this year. Now, this time we came across Totenheer, literary specialists from Switzerland, it appears. But the theme they chose is one of those tales that I learned to appreciate over time.

Jeremias Gotthelf’s Die Schwarze Spinne (the black spider) practically lends itself for an Extreme Metal epic. Because it is a dark and evil story, seemingly written by the devil himself. One that ominously tells of a deal with Lucifer gone wrong. Complete with … [...] Click to raid more!

Krokus – Metal Rendez-Vous (1980) – Review

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Damn, nostalgia hits ye like a ton of bricks sometimes, doesn’t it? Sounds and smells of long bygone times return once a certain piece plays on rock radio.

This just so happened a few days ago when I cruised along the country highway with my snazzy carriage. And – suddenly – Tokyo Nights blazed out of my sound system. You know, the piece Krokus did back in 1980 on their fourth album Metal Rendez-Vous.

This also made me realize that Krokus‘ story is far from being told on RockmusicRaider and that a new review … [...] Click to raid more!