Eli van Pike – Welcome to my Dark Side (2017) – Review

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Ha! RockmusicRaider is on the experimental warpath again. This time with slightly new flavors that were not really present on the blog yet until now.

Welcome to the realm of Oomph! and Rammstein, burning dicks, exploding dildos and all. Plus the wide wastes of electronically tainted metal the movement Neue Deutsche Härte (NDH) likes to inhabit. Welcome to my Dark Side left its dark abode, and it loudly captured our attention.

Eli Van Pike with their brand of electronically laden Industrial Metal decided to plow those very fields many other big bands already occupied for a while. Yet, their style darkly … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: The Reckoning from Resist – by Within Temptation!

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Whoa, we got moving pictures from Within Temptation after their last full-length Hydra. At long last. Based on their upcoming album Resist from Within Temptation the band again treads known paths of pseudo-sci-fi themes in a futuristic setting. 

True to their style, The Reckoning is yet another song with a guest contributor, this time with Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach). This has a long tradition in the Within Temptation universe. Yet it needs to be said none of those hybrid productions ever produced stellar results and this one is no different.

The band’s real strength remains within themselves. [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Balaam impersonated. By Xaon!

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The 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.

And talking about early days.

Xaon formed in … [...] Click to raid more!

Overtures – Artifacts (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Overtures - Artifacts - Album Cover Looks 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 [...] Click to raid more!