Nightwish – HVMAN. :||: NATVRE. (2020) – Review

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Nightwish can proudly look back on a massive discography with an astonishing number of successes. All of their studio releases either ended up at Gold or Platinum levels. Or both combined. They were and – in a way – still are one of the leading bands in all things Symphonic Metal.

At least until recently.

Same as any long-standing outfit, Nightwish went through a few eras. But over the last decade or so they slowly drifted towards a more cinematic style. One filled with loads of epic bombast and plagued with somewhat of a cookie-cutter approach … [...] Click to raid more!

Xaon – Solipsis (2019) – Review

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Cinematic Metal. The dream of shaving off a tasty slice of Hollywood without being there. And – by definition – only in sound and never in deed. Clad in metal that somehow and apparently must sound epic and be smothered in sweetish cheese.

Bands like AfterTime or – again – Illuminata come to mind. And for a while, it is nice to listen to those compositions that all kinda sound alike. But then suddenly this deluge of fondue does get to you. And you start to yearn for something a bit rougher.

So, luckily we finally … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Dark Sarah let The Gods Speak!

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Dark Sarah always kind of moved about the periphery of the RockmusicRaider rocky multiverse. Often just a short radar blip on occasion, the RMR deck crew nevertheless is pretty conscious of them. Now, we just stumbled across their newest video The Gods Speak.

And at first it feels like your usual Symphonic Metal piece of work. But then take this: The track features Marco Hietala (Nightwish) and Zuberoa Aznárez (Tragul, Diabulus in Musica). ‘Tis a pretty cool constellation. And why am I not surprised to see Zuberoa all of a sudden appear with Dark [...] Click to raid more!

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 [...] Click to raid more!