Serious Black – Mirrorworld (2016) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Serious Black - Mirrorworld - Album Cover Harry 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Stormtide – Wrath of an Empire (2016) – Review

Last updated on 31 December 2020

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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 [...] Click to raid more!

Phantasma – The Deviant Hearts (2015) – Review

Last updated on 20 July 2020

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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. [...] Click to raid more!

Avantasia – Ghostlights (2016) – Review

Last updated on 16 April 2021

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After listening to Ghostlights from Avantasia, we are all going to be encased in a coffin of hard cheddar. Covered with yogurt 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 the windy branches of your brain with Avantasia tracks, and make you repeat them all over again. The never-ending, kind of theatrically … [...] Click to raid more!