Stortregn – Emptiness Fills The Void (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Stortregn - Emptiness Fills The Void - Album CoverStortregn‘s 2016 record Singularity starts with this friggin’ solo. First one guitar, then the second chiming in. Very unusual for the genre they so avidly depict. But this … thing juicily draws you in, a magic metal pull. And down you go through the rabbit hole, where overheated amps shred a growling sound made for the true metalhead. Such stellar beginnings and the ensuing performance will be very difficult to beat on the next record. 

So, with some trepidation the RockmusicRaider crew stood in waiting for this new offering from the metal hotheads of Stortregn. Will Emptiness Fills The Void surprise or will it just fade down through the proverbial cracks?  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Scardust – Sands of Time (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Scardust - Sands of Time - Album CoverProgressive Metal is an European affair. Right? This is what the Europeans think at least. And this annoys many American bands to hell and back. But the EU prog nerds have a point. There’s just no real cool prog that emanates from across the pond anymore. The only thing we seem to get these days is preposterous news about how their government behaves itself. Okay, you will find exceptions like the excellent Moon Haven that RMR just recently reviewed. But then, these guys are arguably more on alt-metal territory than anywhere else. 

Now think about some Progressive Metal that somehow lost its compass completely and saw the light of day in Isreal. Yep, you heard that right. Coming from the Levant, not a region that we usually associate with Progressive Metal. Looks like some of that metal spirit spilled over from Cyprus and bred some pretty good tunes over there.

So, here comes Scardust with their newest and début full length album Sands of Time. And boy, this is a complex tune. When the strings started sawing away at the very start of something ominously called Sands of Time: Overtures I was kind of fearful of where this was going to go. We found ourselves in the doldrums of operatic bullshit in the past and it did not go well. But then Scardust kicks it up a couple of notches and takes off at a level of complexity far beyond Clock Unwound from Gentle Knife. And it definitely is a refreshing turn away from the masters of djentology of the likes of Leprous and their latest offering Malina. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Eluveitie – Evocation II – Pantheon (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Eluveitie - Evocation II - Pantheon - Album CoverMonumental change took place within the confines of Eluveitie. Anna Murphy and her entourage (or faction, as evil tongues have it) left the band in 2016 seemingly in protest. And that meant long-time drummer Merlin Sutter and guitarist Ivo Henzi left with her to found Cellar Darling. Or – as the lore goes – Merlin got left first and the others chose to follow suit. 

Well, whatever the sequence of events may have been, fact is that the growler-in-chief had the decidedly thorny task to recruit and train a new crew. This may also explain the unusually long wait before the new album Evocation II – Pantheon saw the light of day. And Eluveitie ended up with a 9-member band. Wow! That is like overcrowding and only pandemonium can be the result from this. But then they always had a relatively large number of musicians in their outfit. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!