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

Apple Music Badge  – Buy with Amazon!

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...!

Epica – The Holographic Principle (2016) – Review

Apple Music Badge – Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Review - Epica - The Holographic Principle - Album Cover

Epica are known for their penchant towards super-epic, somewhat overstuffed and choir-heavy productions. Starting as a Symphonic and Gothic Metal outfit with the astonishing The Phantom Agony, the band slowly evolved towards an orchestral laden, bombastic style that left many of their earlier fans confused in their wake. Over the last years we have seen many of the major players in this genre move into a similar – if not the same – direction. Which means that what should be innovation turns out to be the new mainstream of sorts. It is a little like this drive to political correctness, where nobody likes to step outside the boundaries of the comfort zone. But to get progress, you need to do exactly that.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Delain – Moonbathers (2016) – Review

Apple Music Badge – Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Review - Delain - Moonbathers - Album CoverI’ll be damned, time flies really fast. It is already ten years and five full length albums down the road for the Dutch Symphonic and Gothic Metal band Delain. Now crowned with their latest record Moonbathers

Already their very first album Lucidity impressed me greatly. To find a début of an unknown band at such a level of professionalism was astounding. The whole record exuded a freshness and carefree attitude that – sadly – started lacking on future albums. And of course the undeniable vocal powers – then and now – of Charlotte Wessels contributed greatly to the success of the band. April Rain – their second – followed in the same footsteps. Both offerings were prominently spiced up by Marco Hietala from Nightwish. And it is indeed his contribution early on in Delain‘s career that set this ship on the course to glory. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!