Newsflash: Project Renegade unchain Cerebra!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Project Renegade - Cerebra - Album CoverThis strangely subdued combination of Evanescence, Lacuna Coil and a strong dose of Stream of Passion really got my attention at first. Just at the moment when the RMR office police was about to action the terrible delete button. Then some industrial grade ambients and juicy hooks got added to the fray and the RMR robocops took their leaves.

Cerebra is an intriguing tittle of an EP of some three short tracks. The Greek female-fronted foursome Project Renegade run a cunning mix of juicy metal. The record features alternative, ambient, electronic elements intertwined with dark metal riddled riffs and a pretty heavy, but never overwhelming drum work.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Ninjaspy – Spüken (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ninjaspy - Spüken - Album CoverSome bands are very laid back in their approach to releasing their music. Especially the jazzier and progressively minded ones. And sometimes you wonder where this is all going. Then others just give you this impression at first, just to drop a sneaky karate kick to the back of your head. And let loose with a vengeance on a colossal Alternative and Progressive Metal stage. Spüken, the new full length of the Canadian metallers Ninjaspy, will do exactly that for you. Chaotic and somewhat unhinged grungy-punk energy outbursts included. 

But the first item that really got to me was the somewhat bizarre and strangely fascinating album cover.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Immured by Cyclocosmia!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Cycloscopia - Immured - Album CoverSometimes alternative universes show up in the RockmusicRaider review pipeline that persist. And continue to haunt you throughout your day until you give in and write about it. The band Cyclocosmia in all its spidery glory is one of those. They just unleashed their latest EP Immured this January 2017.

And theirs is a captivating tune. They mix the weirdness of Todtgelichter with the serenity of Darkher with astonishing ease. As with the latter, the questions poses itself if Immured should qualify as metal or not. And again as before, the band gets this metal tinge out into the open that even warms this metalhead’s steely heart.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Antyra – Pentachronist (2015) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Antyra - Pentachronist - Album CoverThis is going to be a first: RockmusicRaider promoting a record containing a whopping five intros (fuck, yeah…), plus a master overture at the very beginning. Some of that stuff dwells outrageously far out in fairy land and is in part so bad you just want to slam the door shut in their face. But you won’t, believe me. Because this whole magic brew somehow sticks to you like goo from the abyss and won’t let you go until you have surrendered your soul to it.

Antyra and their début studio full length album Pentachronist will do that to you. Chaotic, scratchy, dissonant, blackened – and utterly fascinating. Teutonic lyrics spewing your way, mostly in German and some in English. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: French Blunderbuss crunch out second EP!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Blunderbuss - Resurrection - Album CoverWhoever said that Nu-Metal was dead outside Limp fucking Bizkit and Korn? I reckon because these people haven’t met Blunderbuss yet. Even if this outfit sports a style that is bemoaned by many to be all bad, playing towards the somewhat gross and ill-fated metal-goes-rap machine that we saw appearing back in the late ’90s and early 00s. 

Now, why should YOU care? Because their split personality of Nu-Metal going Alt and Prog all of a sudden provides this kick in the gut that will make you pay attention. It is also a French bizkit in a US dominated genre, alluringly rocky in more ways than one.Got hooked? Raid this some more...