Stormtide – Wrath of an Empire (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Stormtide - Wrath of an Empire - Album Cover The 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 debut full-length album Wrath of an Empire. And it is all about that one old question.

How can you differentiate yourself from the Symphonic Death Metal and Fantasy Metal crowd out there?

Well, first, Stormtide sail dangerously close to Amon Amarth and Whispered. Then, mix this with an almost Amaranthe-esque use [...] Click to raid 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 of course. 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) [...] Click to raid more!

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

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Demise of the Crown Self Titled Album Cover Discovering Canada is really something. Apart from the stunning countryside, Canadians display a generally more laid back atmosphere than down South, and especially 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 debut 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 [...] Click to raid 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 if we do, then as the cheese-ridden 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 [...] Click to raid more!