Top Female Vocalists @ RMR – First Edition!

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No, there will be no quota for anything on this blog. We’re not going down silly road. Nor will there be any single-minded preference towards female vocalists on the RockmusicRaider site, ever.

We will – however – cover whoever in the world of Folk, Metal or Rock piques our interest. And this regardless of where they come from or what they are, apart from some ideological caveats that would induce the terrible banhammer to strike. In other words, we’ll go for talent, rather than be guided by doctrine.

Yet, we have consistently covered female fronted acts on this blog, at [...] Click to raid more!

The Gentle Storm – The Diary (2015) – Review

Originally posted on 30 August 2015
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RockmusicRaider Review Gentle Storm The Diary - Album Cover Here I am going to hunt for once well outside my usual haunts and dark forests of yonder badlands, lost at sea – feeling like Jack Sparrow with his compass pointing nowhere. Landing back in spice trade nirvana, creaking planks and salted beef for supper. 

This new endeavor all started when I heard about a double-concept album called The Diary. Released under the name of The Gentle Storm, featuring Anneke Van Giersbergen (long time ago with The Gathering, Devin Townsend, Ayreon, and solo) as the vocalist, and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Stream of [...] Click to raid more!

RockmusicRaider’s Intermittent Best of… – Tome II

Caladan Brood - RockmusicRaider Music Reviews It for sure feels like a gazillion of months since I first wrote the Tome I Best of earlier in 2015. But we are only a few months down the road and already a new one is due.

Eventful was the time: From flamers attacking us with comments displaying a level of stupidity I never thought possible, to full-blown hacker attacks on the site, one total breakdown of the site with subsequent reloading and salvaging the server contents. This last one was quite heavy, barely avoiding losing months of writing.

Wondrous things were happening, too!

For example Anneke van [...] Click to raid more!

Moonspell – Night Eternal (2008) – Review!

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RockmusicRaider Review - Moonspell - Night Eternal - Album Cover By Loki, the 9th studio album Night Eternal of the Portuguese band Moonspell is hard chow. You really need to listen to this jumble of tracks a few times and apply some goodwill at first. And I mean really go for it!

To take it all in IS tough – blackened, darkly ominous Gothic Metal sounds emerging from my earphones. Brutal, technically very demanding, riffs and harsh vocals assaulting your eardrums and virtually marching through your brain. If it is not burned away – that is – after listening to this record repeatedly. 

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