Dodecahedron – Kwintessens (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Dodecahedron - Kwintessens - Album CoverSomething creates dark, foreboding atmospheres. Cold empty spaces filled with noisy dissonance to chill your soul with frozen hydrogen. And no doubt you need this type of a wall of sound if a record takes off with something called The Culling of the Unwanted of the Earth. Equally if the main actor goes by the name of ‘The Entity’. By Loki!

Dark and grey, a landscape of bleak winds howling through the low-lying mists. The mists that just about hide the sharp-toothed monsters within. Well, hells bells, quite a piece of work, now ain’t it? In truth Kwintessens of Dodecahedron got dissed swiftly and banned to a far corner of the RMR offices for a few months.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

The New Roses – One More For The Road (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - The New Roses - One More for the Road - Album CoverThere’s a new wave going on. Some sort of a tsunami of bands of the gritty, down’n’dirty rock kind. Occupying spots US bands usually liked to sit on. And hearing them you would bet your money that they live around the dusty roads on the Mid to the South West.

Think again. Many of them have seen the US from afar at best.  And you just wasted all your stereo power amps cruising along this Western highway. On some guys who were not born with stetsons on their heads and cowboy boots on their feet. Damn. 

We are talking about The New Roses. And clearly, the accent, energy levels and tough guy attitude fit.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Lör – In Forgotten Sleep (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Lör - In Forgotten Sleep - Album CoverI don’t travel very often. But when I do, I need some funky, entertaining tune to keep the attention at crisp levels and the energy flowing. To get there progressive tunes will be just what the doctor ordered. So I can drive fast, enjoy some road rage, rock weirdly around the car and scare my fellow travellers on the road. Perfect. What better idea than to consult the promo list for some hidden treasure waiting to be uncovered. 

So, here I stumbled across the latest promo from a band going by the cvlt-ish name of Lör. Austrian – must be, judging by the name. Right? So wrong and way off target.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Xaon – The Drift (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Xaon - The Drift - Album CoverThe RockmusicRaider officescape likes drama. Especially a loud drama with a lot of boom and bang. And we have remarkable drama queens around the Gothic and Symphonic Metal universe, blackened and death-oriented ones included. Just think about Dimmu Borgir or Fleshgod Apocalypse to name just two of them.

Now, here we can add another one: The Swiss outfit Xaon rumbles onto the scene like Mad Max on a bad day. They already gave us a first broadside of what they can do in 2016 with their EP Face of Balaam. And they are back with a hammer blow of a record disguised beneath a simple and almost nihilistic art cover in blue and gray shades.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Eluveitie – Everything Remains (As it Never Was) (2010) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Everything Remains (as it never was) - Album CoverThe 2010 and 4th full length album Everything Remains (As it Never Was) from the Swiss Pagan Metal band Eluveitie clearly is an improvement over the already pretty good former production Slania. And yep, I know, there was Evocation I in between. But hey, time will tell if I will review that one as well. In time.

This new record is much more melodious, but still fosters enough aggressive Melodeath underlaying its core to convince. And they deliver their tune in an improved, but still decidedly own household style and brand. On this record we can actually hear the hurdy-gurdy (hello and welcome, Anna), fiddles and the flutes.Got hooked? Raid this some more...