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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Diabulus in Musica unleash Crimson Gale!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Diabulus in Musica - Dirge for the Archons - Album CoverDiabulus in Musica will unleash their newest album Dirge For The Archons early November 2016. Just in time to whet our appetite for more, the band released a lyrics video for their flagship track Crimson Gale

RockmusicRaider will of course deliver a review on the new album in time. And we will see what the pleasures of the Symphonic Metal movement of 2016 will bring to our table at this point.

Will Diabulus in Musica be able to break ranks with the mainstream crowd and shine? That remains to be seen. But the video is promising for sure and – indeed – gets us in the mood for more.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Fleshgod Apocalypse – King (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Fleshgod Apocalypse - King - Album CoverFleshgod Apocalypse is a relatively young band. They formed in 2007 in Perugia/Italy, you know, the medieval city with the escalators; place of epic murder trials, chocolate and pasta. How very fitting a background for the Machiavellian theme employed in this album. And not yet quite 10 years into the game, they came a hell of a long way in a very short time. And I am saying this now, because their style is really difficult to match in terms of complexity. Their latest full length record King really being the proof of the pudding. And they have this tendency to go the route the last Epica record went, trying to stuff way too many elements into a single record – just because they can.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Stream of Passion – A War of Our Own (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Stream of Passion - War of our Own - Album CoverThis is the thing with Evanescence sound-alikes. Often imitated, never matched – not quite getting there. That kind of thing, right? Well, the style of the Dutch band Stream of Passion for sure creates a déjà-vu of sounds past. But just calling their music this or that is somewhat simplistic. 

Their newest 2014 production A War of Our Own comes across like a typical Symphonic Metal band with a strong Progressive influence, sounding a bit like everything and anything in the genre. When starting to listen, you first hear some Evanescence in their tune. Later other names come to mind. Like Diabulus in Musica, Within Temptation, Illuminata – you name it.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Diabulus in Musica – Argia (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Diabulus in Musica - Argia - Album CoverWhoa! Now some of the fans are going to be pissed off. So many very good reviews heaping praise on this record. And I just cannot get too warm with it.

We talk about Argia, the 3rd full length album of Diabulus in Musica. Oh yeah, ’tis the one – the much awaited and hyped about. Once again, Argia is very complex fare, like their last one The Wanderer. And beautifully interpreted by Zuberoa Aznàrez, the delighting female front of this very talented band in tandem with Gorka Elso and the rest of the band.

Zuberoa and Gorka founded the band way back in 2006. It took them awhile to move to the front of the genre.Got hooked? Raid this some more...