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? [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Xandria – India (2005) – Review


When 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.

Xandria – Ravenheart (2004) – Review


First time I came across Xandria was with their second album 'Ravenheart'. Not sure what really got my interest going to be honest. Probably the unique style they displayed, a German band, singing in some sort delirious way - kind of electronic, poppy Gothic Rock, metal style.

Their style - or more their weird mix of styles - is somewhat addictive, growing on you with the fairy voice of their then lead singer Lisa Schaphaus (also called Lisa Middelhauve) right in the center.