Newsflash: Balaam impersonated. By Xaon!

Apple Music Badge – Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Xaon - Face of Balaam - Album CoverThe wicked prophet is loose with his donkey again, facing the sword wielding angel! Or something of that nature. And in Switzerland to boot.

If an EP serves – as the lore goes – to show the skills of a band in their early days, then the Swiss band Xaon hit dead center with their upcoming, self-released album Face of Balaam. Expecting some watery #metal concoction, I was stopped dead in my tracks by this tsunami rolling over me. And by Loki, these guys serve an intense and aggressive brand of their favorite #metal muesli they for sure crunch for breakfast.

And talking about early days: Xaon formed in 2012 already, but apparently had some issues finding the right sound and direction for a while.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Overtures – Artifacts (2016) – Review

Apple Music Badge – Buy with Amazon! 

RockmusicRaider Review - Overtures - Artifacts - Album CoverLooks like the Mediterranean is a fertile ground when it comes to #metal of all kinds. You got the island folks on Cyprus going strong, at least one very good one dwelling in Portugal, but then there is a very important community down South in Italy too. Overtures being one of them and they are rocking away from Gorizia, right on the border with Slovenia. The band is now ready to open the doors on their newest and third full length studio album Artifacts. To me this is – not quite surprisingly – about the most mature album they produced so far.

And does Artifacts deliver?

Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Sirenia – The Seventh Life Path (2015) – Review

Apple Music Badge – Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Review - Sirenia - The Seventh Life Path - Album CoverYou know, I like Gothic Metal and Symphonic Metal. I really do. It is usually more melodious and varied than the more straightforward types of metal that are existing out there. And after a weekend of down’n’dirty metal crunch, some Symphonic band-aid to soothe my bleeding ears is a welcome change. But here I am listening to the Spanish/Norwegian Gothic Metal band of two+ Sirenia‘s latest studio album The Seventh Life Path. And already I am confused.

No doubt: The talent at work is impressive. Morten Veland founded the gig back in 2001, the multi-instrumentalist In-Chief. And Ailyn Giménez serving you with vocals since 2008.Got hooked? Raid this some more...