Incursed – Amalur (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Incursed - Amalur - Album CoverThe blasted July 2017 EP The Slavic Covenant of Incursed did not impress the RMR deck crew. Too many oldies and not enough goodies, I can tell ya. Bands need to produce new, awesome material that is unique and people will want to hear. Not endlessly regurgitate old stuff or go for weird pop covers. The mighty Symphonic Metal front chicks from Exit Eden recently tried to pull that pop cover stunt as well. The outcome was – well – bizarre to say the least. With tracks ranging from juvenile wet dreams to age-old pop disasters that we all hoped would stay dead. But that will be for a different review, if ever I find the time. 

So, trepidation reigned when we started to look at Amalur, the brand new full length record Incursed unchained this September of 2017. Much to our relief, the album is a friggin’ bundle of metal energy. With much more mature and new material to boot than at first meets the eye. But, did they do it again? The inclusion of previously released tracks? Damn straight they did: Try Akelarre, The Slavic Covenant and a new version of Fear a’ Bhàta to name just three. But more to that later.

Incursed hails from – no, not Ireland. Or Denmark, the old nemesis of the Britons back in viking times. They join us from Basque Country in Spain of all places; Bilbao to be precise. I confess: At first I placed them somewhere up in the cold North, not on the Northern shore of Spain, though. But hey, tapas to go with my metal for sure works for me. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Alestorm – No Grave But The Sea (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Alestorm - No Grave But The Sea - Album Cover“Rum, beer, quests and mead. These are the things that a pirate needs!” By Davy Jones’ beard, only one band throws a chorus line like that at the audience. And only one can be reviewed whilst under the influence without a ticket from grammar police. These are the alcohol guzzling sea dogs of Alestorm. Let’s face it: When Christopher Bowes and his gang of merry pirates have another go at a record, fun and cheap booze are on the menu. And their 5th full length album No Grave But The Sea is absolutely no different. So, uncap your bottle, pour and unleash the metal waves rolling in from pirate country.

This new attack comes just after the RMR team pulled a few words out of the cargo hold for Sunset on the Golden Age. And make no mistake, you won’t find any significant change in approach or song writing from these dandy lads from Scotland. The band just continued to bore down these same old dire straits with all sails set, looming lee shore or not. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Alestorm – Sunset on the Golden Age (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Alestorm - Sunset on the Golden Age - Album CoverYou have got to give it to them: Whatever Christopher Bowes and his gang of merry troubadours touch is fun to listen to. Sometimes too intense for their own good or slightly overdone in reckless cheesiness, but never too serious. And always delivered with an eyewink of sorts. Their personas reach from the Davy Jones infested waters of Alestorm to galaxy hopping goblins in Gloryhammer.

Now this time we descend from bewildering space goblins to some more basic needs Heavy Metal pirates have. And turn the clock back to 2014, when Alestorm‘s fourth full length record Sunset on the Golden Age saw the light of day.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!