Karma Rassa – Talks to Innerself (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Karma Rassa - Talks to Innerself - Album CoverIt sometimes seems as if we preferred the heavy, blackened thumping of any extreme #metal flavor throughout the RockmusicRaider office landscape. But not so! At times something more laid back is in order. And for that we have gotten the folks navigating in the Progressive and Avantgarde field. 

Now, you usually find the well known bands like Leprous, Steven Wilson or the gang around Arjen Lucassen on your radar. But these guys are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The community is huge. Whilst this is so, you will find loads of them progressive folks out there just djenting away until there is no tomorrow.Got hooked? Raid this some 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 CoverHere 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 endeavour all started when I heard about a double-concept album called ‘The Diary’ coming out under the name of The Gentle Storm, featuring Anneke Van Giersbergen (long time ago with The Gathering, Townsend project and solo) as THE VOICE (okay, the vocalist…LOL) and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Stream of Passion).Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Epica – The Holographic Principle (2016) – Review

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Epica are known for their penchant towards super-epic, somewhat overstuffed and choir-heavy productions. Starting as a Symphonic and Gothic Metal outfit with the astonishing The Phantom Agony, the band slowly evolved towards an orchestral laden, bombastic style that left many of their earlier fans confused in their wake. Over the last years we have seen many of the major players in this genre move into a similar – if not the same – direction. Which means that what should be innovation turns out to be the new mainstream of sorts. It is a little like this drive to political correctness, where nobody likes to step outside the boundaries of the comfort zone.Got hooked? Raid this some more...