Serious Black – Mirrorworld (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Serious Black - Mirrorworld - Album CoverHarry Potter is back in his transcendent form of Serious Black – the band. And this only a short year after their astonishingly powerful firstling As Daylight Breaks. I still remember when I hit the play button the first time. It felt like being in a jet fighter taking off. Bang it went, and you just hoped, you got these shock absorbing seats that could take the brunt of the attack. And clearly at first we thought that this bunch of old guys (well, yeah..) were not able to punch this one through. How wrong: All seasoned musicians, the band pulled this off beautifully and got us a really powerful record to enjoy. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Stormtide – Wrath of an Empire (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Stormtide - Wrath of an Empire - Album CoverThe Chinese are loose in the fantasy #metal universe. Or are they? And how does this all fit into a viking fighting longship, dragon head and all? Well, it doesn’t. The tune reaches us from down-under: The Aussie band Stormtide are hitting the world with their début full length album Wrath of an Empire.

And it is all about the old question how you can differentiate yourself from the Symphonic Death Metal and Fantasy Metal crowd out there by adding more spice? Well, first, they sail dangerously close to Amon Amarth and mix this with an almost Amaranthe-esque use of keyboards and synthesizers. Then the powers that be call it Fantasy Metal in view of their magician infused tale.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Phantasma – The Deviant Hearts (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Phantasma - The Deviant Hearts - Album CoverTo ease my Death Metal injured ears somewhat, I started listening to some loftier and softer stuff. And stumbled across a band called Phantasma belting out a seemingly Nightwish-esque tune on an album called The Deviant Hearts. The fact that the ever cute Charlotte Wessels (Delain) is the female front on this project really piqued my interest right away. Not because she is cute, but because she can sing and is one of the most respected professionals in the genre.

Interestingly, the project actually features three core band members. The remaining two: Georg Neuhauser (Serenity) and Oliver Philipps (Everon) – and they harmonize really well, which immediately shows in the quality they deliver.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Demise of the Crown – Demise of the Crown (2016) – Review

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Demise of the Crown Self Titled Album CoverDiscovering Canada is really something. Apart from the stunning countryside, a generally more laid back atmosphere than down South and yonder the mighty border, neat cities and generally nice people, you will find a pretty good and very active #metal community. Power Metal outfits like Unleash the Archers, but also Demise of the Crown are part of this landscape. The latter just unleashed their self-titled and independent début album beginning of March 2016.

A bunch of seasoned musicians (..so they say), they formed back in 2014 in Montréal getting on the Power Metal train with the somewhat lofty aim and I quote – “…a band determined to shake the foundation of power metal.” Well, okay, there you go.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Avantasia – Ghostlights (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Avantasia - Ghostlights - Album CoverAfter listening to Ghostlights from Avantasia, we are all going to be encased in a coffin of hard cheddar, covered with yoghurt and buried in the deep abysses of the Mighty Milky Land, where the cheese was born. Never to come back and as the unburied undead, madly chanting away choruses from Tobias Sammet‘s latest mighty project. Because this production will get into your head, replace your windy branches of your brain with Avantasia tracks and make you repeat them all over again. The never-ending, kind of theatrically laden bombast will help to beat these tracks into you like this mighty sledge-hammer this album wants to become.Got hooked? Raid this some more...