Amorphis – Skyforger (2009) – Review

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RMR just covered Amorphis‘ 2022 piece Halo. And contrary to a few croaks of imminent defeat out there, the band still shines as strongly as it did some 13 years earlier. They must be doing something right in this outfit. Or – perhaps – it is the Finnish fresh air, the pristine water, and frequent trips to the sauna. This band churns out one great record after the other. Consistently, reliably, and with minute attention to detail and quality.

So, as we are on a roll with this band, the time has finally come to reach way into … [...] Click to raid more!

Amorphis – Halo (2022) – Review

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Amorphis have been a staple at the RMR ‘zine since its inception. And I admit, in the beginning, we did not quite appreciate the quality enough that this band brings to the table. Under The Red Cloud was a hard sell at first, even if it finally made it into our good graces, and it stayed there ever since. The sturdier and well-fashioned Queen of Time added nicely to the relatively meager pickings on our blog for 2018. And indeed, this record morphed yet again into one of the staples over here, and rightly so.

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Marko Hietala leaves Nightwish!

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May we live in interesting times, right? The bad – or strange – news never stops, and we’re in for more in 2021.

Nightwish‘s Marko Hietala has decided to quit the band with immediate effect and to – in his words – “…leave public life.” It appears that during the terrible last year, he had second thoughts about his life as a musician and the music industry as a whole. Which – wisely – led him to take a time-out and leave one of the greatest Symphonic Metal bands of all time. And that is a pity.

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RMR’s 2018 Top 10 Records

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Howdy Fans and Friends!

It is high time to concoct a follow-up to the immensely successful 2017 Top 10 list. Now, 2018 is over and we have this sinking feeling that RockmusicRaider should send something out before another 12 months or so of stellar music leaves our memory. Forever gone in the windy tunnels of time, lost in a music industry that became its own best enemy. But that will be for another editorial we are sure to write in 2019.

2018 was a difficult year. The RMR crew here was time-strapped, so – in all – we were unable … [...] Click to raid more!