Intermittent Digest – Tome V

RockmusicRaider Editorial - Tome VIt is high time for a new update of the latest state of affairs and exciting findings on the RMR website. Many months have elapsed since Tome IV came aboard and the 2016 Top 10 saw the light of day. The mighty post count now is way beyond the three hundred mark and a new logo was unleashed. RMR has just a few days ago gone fully secure on this virus infested internet, too. That is something the IT security officer was nagging us about for some time – and rightly so. 

Last year however the RockmusicRaider deck crew experienced a massive slowdown of output to the trusted readers.  Well – for now – the reasons for this outrageous gaffe shall remain mysterious and foggy for ye fans of the blog. This – sadly – led to a number of stellar 2016 releases – fodder for this here Tome V – that somehow got under the wheels of time. Just to be discovered anew. So, the first few months of this year really were all about catching up with the past and keeping track of the new material coming aboard this mighty ship.

Let the games begin with those who did not make it onto the 2016 Top 10, but RockmusicRaider Review - Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika - Album Covershould have been on this list. And one of those is Moonsorrow starring Jumalten Aika. I admit: The RMR officescape always somehow scoffed at the Black Metal masters from Finland. But as of this album, you will find only converts. This is an epic and mysterious piece of work that takes Symphonic Black Metal pieces to a whole new level. If only we had latched on to that record before the top ten was written. But alas, it was not to be.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Arduini/Balich – Dawn of Ages (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Arduini / Balich - Dawn of Ages -Album CoverIn the beginning I was skeptical. Six tracks of original content only and three re-heated ideas? And of old, much rehashed base material to boot? Well, hell’s bells, not sure about that one. That is how the RockmusicRaider offices started on Arduini/Balich‘s début record Dawn of Ages

The project saw its first flickering light of consciousness in 2013, when Victor Arduini wrapped up the experience with Freedoms Reign. He then recruited Butch Balich and the drummer Chris Judge from his former venue. A serious lack of creativity in the name ingenuity department notwithstanding, the band members are relatively well known. Arduini is a founding member of Fates Warning and was part of a number of other venues since the late ’80s. Butch Balich is best known as the vocalist of Argus. In the end, this is not a naming contest, but all about the music these guys deliver. And given the band members’ track record, their tune should be pretty good. Right? [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!