Paradise Lost – The Plague Within (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Paradise Lost - Plague Within - Album CoverOne thing is clear: The 14th studio album The Plague Within of the long-standing band Paradise Lost has its moments. Total, stellar Doom Metal moments like Beneath Broken Earth for instance. Offering a meatier Black Sabbath style tune that is actually pretty good with a (very limited) solo to boot.

And there are other moments, like Cry Out, which give you hope that this is actually getting somewhere. Only to find out that this track is actually at the end, instead of somewhere else. Even if this piece of work feels like some ’80s Hard Rock or [...] Click to raid more!

Lacuna Coil – Dark Adrenaline (2012) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Lacuna Coil - Dark Adrenaline - Album CoverFirst impression: Talk about crispy and – yes – meaty. Very meaty! Thundering bass, scratchy, corny – all that jazz!

This is how the 6th studio album Dark Adrenaline of the Italian band Lacuna Coil presents itself at the opening. And with some nice and very metal tunes to boot.

Or should we say ‘would like’ to present itself?

Because on the other hand, whilst definitely rocky and straightforward, the record kind of sounds like Evanescence in The Open Door without lithium. Yet again, Andrea Ferro‘s Amorphis-esque interludes do undoubtedly add a lot of crunch to bring that [...] Click to raid more!

Arch Enemy – Khaos Legions (2011) – Review

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Angela Gossow in full form and going strong, like an angry cheetah. Expertly delivering Melodic Death Metal at its best really is the specialty of Arch Enemy. And it just blasts you out of your reverie into paying attention of what is going on in your earphones.

The 2011 album Khaos Legions is the last one to date featuring Angela Gossow and Christopher Amott. Ironically, in 2014 the latter had to replace one of the guitarists leaving in a hurry in the midst of the War Eternal tour. But only temporarily until Jeff Loomis arrived in November [...] Click to raid more!