Fer de Lance release Colossus!

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You’ve got those rare metal pieces that just talk to you. Those that project this visceral connection to your metallic inner self if you get my drift. And this is the way it should be. Metal that docks onto your brain receptors like there’s no tomorrow. Whoever needs vitamins, when you can have all sorts of metal, right?

The debut EP Colossus of Fer de Lance is one of those. A truly epic mix of Heavy, Doom and – yes – some pretty slow-motion, crazily tilted Power Metal that took the RMR office suite by storm.

True, the band is … [...] Click to raid more!

Hammer King – Poseidon Will Carry Us Home (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Hammer King - Poseidon Will Carry Us Home - ReviewThis is a weird, déjà-vu kind of a record. A tribute piece of sorts to a genre, if you will. Places we already visited long ago, and then left again. Sweaty music halls filled with Heavy Metal beats, mixed with thrash, power and stuff. But that was – wait – in the ’80s, like.

The tremendous kicks we got out of those concerts were just sublime. Right up front by the stage where the sound disappears. But then, back at that time sound levels were such that you were deaf and dazed for about three days after each concert. These [...] Click to raid more!

Argus – From Fields of Fire (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Argus - From the Fields of Fire - Album Cover Butch Balich was really productive in 2017. First, he managed to get on the RockmusicRaider radar with his Arduini/Balich act. And this one got a pretty good reception already. But – of course – Dawn of Ages was a side project of his, as we all know.

Now he is back with his alma mater Argus and their newest concoction From Fields of Fire. After four years of wait, we finally get a new dose of really good ‘ol Heavy Metal, the way it was meant to be. Meat and potatoes, the real thing. And all of that delivered [...] Click to raid more!

Arduini/Balich – Dawn of Ages (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Arduini / Balich - Dawn of Ages -Album CoverIn the beginning I was skeptical. Six tracks of original content only and three re-heated ideas? And of old, much rehashed base material to boot? Well, hell’s bells, not sure about that one.

That is how the RockmusicRaider offices started on Arduini/Balich‘s debut record Dawn of Ages

The project saw its first flickering light of consciousness in 2013, when Victor Arduini wrapped up the experience with Freedoms Reign. He then recruited Butch Balich and the drummer Chris Judge from his former venue. A serious lack of creativity in the name ingenuity department notwithstanding, the band members are relatively [...] Click to raid more!