Avantasia – Moonglow (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Avantasia - Moonglow - Album CoverAh, countless calories galore. I just went to the fondue shop to get my fix of milk fat, garlic and loads of white wine. Together with two baguettes of course. You do need nice, crusty bread to go with this dish of molten cheese.

Well, in hindsight, this is not something I should have done. Because little did I know that I’d get started on Avantasia‘s Moonglow anytime soon.

Their 2019 record is so full of cheesy glory that – actually – there will be no need for future fondue excesses. Like for the next 250 years [...] Click to raid more!

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 remarkable, but still somewhat conflicted first record As Daylight Breaks.

But still.

Their first album 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.

This first album was a motley selection of tracks, kind of thrown helter-skelter at the emerging fan crowd. But their brand of Power Metal powered out of the speakers with gusto, and [...] Click to raid 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 can you 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[...] Click to raid more!