Guilt Machine – On This Perfect Day – Review

Listen on Apple Music  RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo

RockmusicRaider Review Guilt Machine Perfect Day - Album Cover

The album On This Perfect Day from Arjen Lucassen‘s Progressive Metal project Guilt Machine feels vaguely familiar. It constantly plays stuff we may have heard somewhere. Bits of sound that waft over here from the past, ideas that float by like long gone echoes of things that are not quite tangible. Yet, they never really manifest themselves and show their colors.

So, could it be that it is the concept and this retro coloring of technologies long out of fashion that gets us this impression?

Because this record is much more complex than just simple tunes strung together. In … [...] Click to raid more!

NordWitch – Mørk Profeti – Review

Listen on Apple Music  RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo

RockmusicRaider Review - Nordwitch - Mork Profeti - Album Cover

To stand out from this vast Extreme Metal populace is hard. Real hard. I usually find an endless procession of coequal black-clad outfits of all flavors on my promo list. Some are a bit clownish, others real ritual seekers. As in invoking a daemon, that kind of thing.

All of them try to sell the same bland ol’ soup all over again. Jockeying for position in a genre that somehow lost a lot of its luster over time. And then there are those bands that can just give you this trifle added spice.

NordWitch is one of them. Back in January of 2016, the band already got on the … [...] Click to raid more!

Stortregn – Impermanence (2021) – Review

Listen on Apple Music  RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo

RockmusicRaider - Stortregn - Impermanence - Album Cover

Stortregn have that knack to usurp your attention right from the beginning of a record. There’s no dicking around for these guys. And they prop all of their wares up against some ominous theory or other corny philosophies. And this time its Impermanence in all its cosmic splendor.

The band may start with a wee bit of acoustics at first. Might. But then they just stomp their tariff right into your earphones and grab whatever energy you possess. Then they pummel you with their limitless riffing prowess, growl at you relentlessly, and spit you out undigested once the record … [...] Click to raid more!

Epica – Omega (2021) – Review

Listen on Apple Music  RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo

RockmusicRaider - Epica - Omega - Album Cover

So, is Epica the last Symphonic Metal outfit standing? Apart from the newly coined Surma, perhaps. Nightwish has gone all wobbly on us with Marko Hietala now firmly away from the band.1) And now, this February 2021, Delain imploded and reverted into a solo project again. For all the good that this will do them.2) And what about Within Temptation? Well, let’s not go there.

So, with much trepidation we had our eyes turned towards Omega, Epica‘s newest album. Yet, the first thing that we see is this 70-minute runtime. Yet another specter of … [...] Click to raid more!