Balfor – Black Serpent Rising (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Balfor - Black Serpent Rising - Album ReviewThe RockmusicRaider offices were literally flooded with Black Metal offerings of all 50+ shades and beyond in 2016. A trend to move towards the dark waters of the river Styx that we saw emerging already in late 2015. And which continues to this day. Indeed anything blackened was pretty much game and lots of it in stellar format. 

Now, 2017 already starts to shape up well. A first pitch black offering reaches us from the cold, cold steppes of the Ukraine. And it promises to be a juice dripping chunk of #metal. Or does it?

But to get there, it is now time to descend into the fiery pit of desolation!

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Xandria – India (2005) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Xandria - India - Album CoverWhen I read the late twitter from the German band Xandria a few days ago that they are now (in 2015 – wow) heading out to India for the first time, it struck me as somewhat ironic. And this of course in light of their 2005 record and 3rd studio album India that has been on the market for … almost 10 years now. Hmm!

After their very successful 2nd album Ravenheart it must have been decidedly difficult to find the venue for a fitting succession to an already successful former record. And, in addition, just about a short year later. And to me they managed pretty well. Still delivered in their laid back, kind of dreamy, synthesized metal trademark brand of music, the album nevertheless manages to mark a change.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Xandria – Ravenheart (2004) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Xandria - Ravenheart - Album CoverThe first time I came across Xandria was with their second album Ravenheart. Not sure what really got my interest going to be honest. It probably was their unique style they displayed at that time. A German band, rocking in a somewhat delirious and quite poppy brand of Gothic Rock and Metal. And – on top – providing a much needed counterweight to other upcoming bands like Within Temptation back then.

Their style – or more their interesting mix of styles – is somewhat addictive and has this tendency to grow on you. For sure, they were not ground breakers in this genre. But they were able carve out a niche for themselves, starting with Ravenheart.
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