Delain – Apocalypse & Chill (2020) – Review

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Let the epic battle begin, first shots have been fired.

2020 finds us with three Symphonic Metal masters lined up like ducks in a row. First will be Delain with Apocalypse & Chill. Then, Diabulus in Musica threatened to come online a bit later. And – last, but not least – Nightwish will be playing the rearguard in April.

How neat of them all to get into creative gear at that very same moment. And the RMR deck crew really can’t wait to find out who on earth will win this contest.

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Top Female Vocalists @ RMR – First Edition!

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No, there will be no quota for anything on this blog. We’re not going down silly road. Nor will there be any single-minded preference towards female vocalists on the RockmusicRaider site, ever.

We will – however – cover whoever in the world of Folk, Metal or Rock piques our interest. And this regardless of where they come from or what they are, apart from some ideological caveats that would induce the terrible banhammer to strike. In other words, we’ll go for talent, rather than be guided by doctrine.

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Eluveitie – Ategnatos (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - eluveitie - Ategnatos - Album CoverI said it, didn’t I. After Evocation II released in 2017, I could already feel that this bright stage light for Fabienne Erni was not going to last for too long. So, here we find ourselves with Ategnatos, Eluveitie‘s newest in early 2019.

With a friggin’ 16 tracks crammed into one hour of air coverage. That is 3′ 45” of play time for each track on average, exactly what the pop industry and the infamous labels demand for radio coverage. Well, kind of. Only, here we deal with Folk and Pagan Metal, not pop. We reckon, at least.[...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Hunter’s Moon by Delain

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I am stumped and pleased at the same time with Hunter’s Moon of the Dutch outfit Delain.

Why issue an EP, and then smother it in a truckload of endless live tracks and videos? Unless you want to make a weak offering palatable to the audience by stuffing it with a ton of recordings of times past.

Or you mix 16 minutes of originality with 48 minutes of miscellaneous recordings on a CD, plus untold minutes of video on another, to inflate earnings. Which – again – is a fine strategy. Because you gotta make a living, right?

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