For My Demons – Close to the Shade (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - For My Demons - Close To The Shade - Album CoverIs it fall yet? No, not quite. We are are about to reach summertime. When the weather is high, y’know, that kind of thing. Yet, when I leafed through the review pipe I found a dark, melancholy type of album. Not made for happy, sunny and airy times. And it is from last year to boot. One that patiently sat in the RMR review pipe for an extremely long time.

So, why the wait? Ye see, the time just needs to be right for this kind of music. If you are in the mood for trve metal, then a review of such a genre will only end in disaster. And this record – for sure – is nowhere near any metal. The band crafted a tune clad in the earthy colors of a rainy day in the mountains instead. When the snow finally approaches, but is not quite there yet. Just the mist shows in the morning above the treetops and a promise of colder weather in the air awaits discovery. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Lenore S. Fingers – All Things Lost on Earth (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider review - Lenore S. Fingers - All Things lost on Earth - Album CoverSomeone opined a few days ago that the musical buck stops once you cross the alps and go South. In this guy’s august take on the scene, only classical music remains. But rock, folk and – for sure – metal take a nosedive to nothingness once you start cruising along the Po. And truly so, things change indeed, but not quite this way. From German precision, French bonhomie or the British stiff upper lip and lukewarm beer, you change into a more laid-back realm. But this does not mean non-existence of modern music, bad quality or – Loki forbid – a lack of intensity. Quite the contrary.

So, I am not sure if I should laugh or cry, because this eclectic exclamation is the handiwork of a specialist. Well, perhaps he just had a bad hair day, who knows? Because for some reason, the mighty RockmusicRaider database is full of great bands from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and – indeed – the Levant. Fleshgod Apocalypse, Moonspell or again Scardust are just three of them bands that pop up in my mind right off the bat.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Steven Wilson – To The Bone (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Steven Wilson - To The Bone - Album CoverDebate raged around the RMR offices. It was all about an outrageous non-metal album floating out there in the not-so-rocky universe and covered in brightly colored stars. And you heard the hype, right? Don’t we just all love conspiracy theories? Mysteries yet unsolved and deliciously unsolvable?

The rumor had it that Steven Wilson and his newest full length To The Bone would be pop. So pop that all metalheads and prog nerds would have to hang their heads in shame upon starting with the record. All of this complete with bright colors and funky videos, Dark Horse style. Okay, RockmusicRaider was guilty too. Shooting off a few bad wisecracks about the terrible album to come out and how it was going to be so Amaranthe at worst and Taylor Swift at best. And of course, there was always the expectation that nobody could best Hand. Cannot. Erase. The outcome is – somewhat expectedly – not quite a pop album.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!