Guilt Machine – On This Perfect Day (2009) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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The album On This Perfect Day from Arjen Lucassen‘s Progressive Metal project Guilt Machine feels vaguely familiar. It constantly plays stuff we may have heard somewhere. Bits of sound that waft over here from the past, ideas that float by like long gone echoes of things that are not quite tangible. Yet, they never really manifest themselves and show their colors.

So, could it be that it is the concept and this retro coloring of technologies long out of fashion that gets us this impression?

Because this record is much more complex than … [...] Click to raid more!

Haken – Vector (2018) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Haken - Vector - Album Cover A variety of currents and undercurrents exist in the Progressive Metal universe. You get the thoughtful ones, those hauling emotion around like a shitload of bricks. The Reticent comes to mind. You have the experimental dudes like Wilderun, walking down them steps, towards alternative and avantgarde laden pastures.

And then you get the djent division.

Those who think that good prog inevitably must be stuffed with a goodly measure of djentability. Leprous or Vvon Dogma I are somewhat of an extremist example of those. And you’ll find many others of the same ilk, [...] Click to raid more!

Karma Rassa – Talks to Innerself (2016) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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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 the folks from 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 [...] Click to raid more!

The Gentle Storm – The Diary (2015) – Review

Last updated on 16 April 2021

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Here I am going to hunt – for once – well outside of my usual haunts and dark forests of yonder badlands. Lost at sea, like Jack Sparrow with his compass pointing to nowhere. And this lands us back in spice trade nirvana, with 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 (a long time ago with The Gathering, Devin Townsend, Ayreon, and solo… [...] Click to raid more!