10 Most Popular Posts @ RockmusicRaider – Edition I

RockmusicRaider - Most Popular PostsHowdy fans and friends! It is time again to take stock of sounds discovered and bands unearthed. But for the first time from an angle of the posts themselves and how they rated with you, the readers. The RockmusicRaider officescape would of course like to think that the likes and shares are a result of masterful penmanship. But, hey, dream on. The written word is one of the vectors to get to the most popular posts, of course. But it is the musicians in the bands covered that really delivered their music with their hearts’ blood and essence of their mutual souls. And this is what we react to and the fans ultimately chose to like – or not. 

So, with this in mind, here is the first edition of the 10 most popular posts on RockmusicRaider to date:

#10 – Denigrate – Hollowpoint (2015)

The rockers from Finland returned strongly from their hiatus and immediately put the pedal to the metal. Literally. And they quite rightly found a space on the RMR 2015 Top Ten for their record. As we say, the quality of the pudding is in the eating, as the likes and shares prove. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Intermittent Digest – Tome IV

RockmusicRaider Reviews - Tome IVHowdy Fans and Friends! Yep! It is (already) time again for an update on what has been cooking at RockmusicRaider since Tome III. And there has been a lot of action, I can tell ya. It looks like Tome IV shows less influence of Black Metal and everything blackened. Even if this particular genre has whelped a few very good specimens worth mentioning. And I expect this to continue for the remainder of the year. But enough of this and let’s get down to what we got.

But first we take to the sea. The wild, cold sea. Rain drenched shores, ready to be invaded. Proud dragon-headed longships crawling with crazed, screaming RockmusicRaider Review - Amon Amarth - Jomsviking - Album Covervikings on the prowl. That is the blood-soaked fare the latest offering Jomsviking from Amon Amarth is saddling us with. The band clearly kept up the standard for themselves for this newest offering. But not only that: A rock solid theme – the saga of the Jomsviking – lent further spice to an already juicy soundscape. So, reviewing this record has been a real pleasure. And the album was good for football too (soccer, for you folks in the US). The RockmusicRaider household blasted Jomsviking during the European Championship in support of the viking team from Iceland. Very fitting – and they got far.

Then we moved and actually stayed in Italy for a while. Nice and sunny there and full of #metal. Fleshgod Apocalypse gave their corpse-like and – for sure – Machiavellian appearance for our pleasure with King.RockmusicRaider Review - Fleshgod Apocalypse - King - Album Cover I almost heard Lucrezia traipsing around in the background, when listening to their tune. And it is a mighty cauldron of stuff being thrown at us. So much so, that it almost veers off into the unmanageable. But they just about strung this together, managing to get a very complex, but also very decent record out to the fan crowd. The album is pretty hefty fare and you will need some time to get used to it. But – hey – this is really good stuff. You should try it one day.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Overtures – Artifacts (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Overtures - Artifacts - Album CoverLooks like the Mediterranean is a fertile ground when it comes to #metal of all kinds. You got the island folks on Cyprus going strong, at least one very good one dwelling in Portugal, but then there is a very important community down South in Italy too. Overtures being one of them and they are rocking away from Gorizia, right on the border with Slovenia. The band is now ready to open the doors on their newest and third full length studio album Artifacts. To me this is – not quite surprisingly – about the most mature album they produced so far.

And does Artifacts deliver?

It does for sure not saddle us with a helluva lot of novelty at first, but the question here is more: Will the album stick out from the crowd? And it does. They got their own brand cut out for them and this indeed will make all the difference, together with a very powerful crunch throughout the album. This creates this pull that will keep you on the record. The band blatantly mixes melodic Prog with Power Metal, injecting some Gothic Metal to boot. Best described as something like Nightwish meeting Arrayan Path with a stout handful of AvantasiaGot the general idea where this is going? ‘Cause on top of their very own style mix, the album has this tendency to go bombastic on ye. Okay, I give it to them: They keep it in check pretty well – luckily. And some cheese makes its appearance too, but more to that later.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!