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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Moon Haven – Monochrome Reflections – Review

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At times my metal-sore ears just give up the ghost and are in dire need of something more melodious and less harsh. So, there is no better treatment than slapping some progressive and alternative Band-Aid on them. And indeed, the RMR deck crew finds that those undercurrents finally take on some steam. Luckily so, as the officescape kind of worried what was about to come still in 2017. Apart from blackened pieces of scorched metal, of which there is plenty these days. Yet still some doubts persists on what exactly is to come.

Thus any good and technically outstanding production is welcome these days. Because – so I hear with trepidation – Steven Wilson and his newest record due out this year is more on the poppy side than anything else.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

End of Green – Void Estate (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - End of Green - Void Estate - Album CoverA Doom Rock and Metal avalanche currently thunders into this valley of woe where the fans dwell. It is big, scary and heavy on tears and sorrow. RockmusicRaider covered a score of them bands over time: Traditional outfits like My Dying Bride or again Vanha kind of hold the fort. Then you have the youngsters like Khemmis traipsing all over the hallowed established grounds of Doom Metal.

Then again you will find these sort of crossover bands that have enough doom in them to be called that, yet sit astride a score of other styles. The German band End of Green is one of those.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Dirty Sound Magnet – Western Lies (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dirty Sound Magnet - Western Lies - Album CoverYou’ve got bands that stick to their guns like there is no tomorrow. And they will always rehash what was before until their days run out. Comfort in sounds and numbers, right? And truly, for some it pays off. They fill stadiums with fans wanting nothing more than to listen to the same shit all over again. Mind you, these bands are good at what they do and a lot of fans like precisely that level of comfort.

Then you have others with a distinct taste for risk and change, the ones opening doors that were closed before. Darting off to take yonder foggy pathways that nobody knows where they will lead.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Death is Liberty launches Début!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Death is Liberty - A Statement Darkness - Album ArtAh, a funky, punky, rocky sound pouring out of my loudspeakers, annoying my neighbours. And I am confused. On the one hand this is almost – like – dizzyingly gruesome to listen to, it is such a wild jumble of elements. On the other hand the latest record of the Finnish band Death is Liberty exerts an almost magic pull on the hapless listener that is difficult to ignore.

Their début album A Statement Darkness, signed to Concorde Music Company, serves you with a mixture of Alternative and Progressive Rock that is just amazing and amazingly well done. As always, the bands stepping out of the box often produce good to very good content.Got hooked? Raid this some more...