Ostura – The Room (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ostura - The Room - Album CoverI am amazed. These guys managed to get the attention of Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Guilt MachineStream of Passion, The Gentle Storm), plus secured the services of a felt gazillion of additional guest performers from 12 countries. As if this weren’t enough, they got Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studios to do the mixing and mastering piece. Then the band forged ahead and landed us with 74 minutes of progressive goodness on 12 tracks. Wow!

And this raised a major concern right from the beginning. Do we have another case of extensive, badly managed complexity that raises its ugly head? It for sure sounded like that to me at first. After all, this kind of pitfall already was a point of major discord in many a prog record in the past.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: AfterTime bemoan a lost world!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Aftertime - World We've Lost - Album CoverHa! Looks like 2017 got off to a juicier symphonic start than I expected. A few watery sunrays hit us already late last year with a couple of Symphonic Metal players turning in some pretty sturdy material. Even some of the ‘established’ bands, have seen the light and kicked it up a couple of notches. But of course not nearly enough to counter the same-same, but different legion that likes to dominate the genre. So, luckily we have some exceptions.

Now, these guys state their influences to be Nightwish, Within Temptation, Epica and Leaves’ Eyes – amongst others. And you know what? Well, yes – and yes, spot on. This is exactly what AfterTime present in their upcoming new EP World We’ve Lost. And hey, they did the name-calling all by themselves, not me this time.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Diabulus in Musica – Dirge for the Archons (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Diabulus in Musica - Dirge for the Archons - Album CoverOften in the #metal universe a new album is somewhat of a Pandora’s Box. Or the bottle with the genie that once released won’t fit back into it. Now, I had somewhat of an issue with Argia last time we looked at Diabulus in Musica. And the juicy comments from some punks from the Ministry of Love to get lost over it were interesting too.

The dreary black career cliff a band must navigate around usually looms at the sophomore effort. With Diabulus in Musica it was the junior record that got them to this sorry chunk of rock. I was thus a bit wary of what I would find in DiMs latest and best. But – lo and behold – the tune changed into something else. Loki be praised! More lively, rockier, lighter in taste and much more substantial too. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!