Frozen Sand – Fractals: A Shadow out of Lights (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Frozen Sand - Fractals: A Shadow out of Lights - Album CoverFractals. An interesting subject. Something that can be divided into ever smaller shapes of the same. And fractals in a Progressive Rock piece are still more interesting. Does this mean we can sub-divide the music into same pieces as well? Probably not. But this is the title that Frozen Sand saddles us with in their newest full length Fractals: A Shadow out of Lights. The title and album are actually part of a storyline the band is developing called Fractals of Frozen Lifetimes. So, [author rolls eyes] here we go again with yet another theme laden record. Now, truth be told, many theme-based records do indeed deliver quality tunes to follow it up. So, the question is:

How will Fractals fare over all?

I admit: In the beginning I was not convinced about this offering of the Italian band Frozen Sand. Somehow the stubbornly lengthy acoustic intro does not connect to the rest of the piece and vice versa. So, I entered the fray with mixed feelings and a foregone conclusion of what I will (might) find.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: OmnisighT unleash The Power of One!

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There are those who will bitch and moan that OmnisighT‘s latest EP is a terrible, glaring and disjointed mess. Whereas others will insist that we got ourselves a masterpiece of outstanding Progressive Rock and Metal. So, in other words, we are up against two extremes. And which one of those will this record turn out to be? [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

The Chronicles of Israfel – A Trillion Lights, Tome II (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider review - The Chronicles of Israfel - A Trillion Lights, Tome 2 - Album CoverMethinks that 2016 was not exactly a great year for the alternative and progressive scouts out there. You know, the ones holding the torch, while rushing forward into the unknown. And whilst some them are still out there lurking in the RMR review pipeline, a few made it into the blog. This so happened with The Chronicles of Israfel (correctly spelled, I assure you) and their newest full length A Trillion Lights, Tome II via BOH Records.

The band is actually an (almost solo) project of Dominic ‘Israfel’ Cifarelly (ex Pulse Ultra, Billy Ray Cyrus, Scars on Broadway) with the help of his brother Vincent aka Veloel. Now, almost a decade ago Israfel and the band issued a first record called Starborn. And already then the project was nowhere near lightning fast with the delivery of material, but took a whopping three years to deliver the first goods. The band itself was born in 2004 and the first record released in 2007 only. This here record is their sophomore effort, the mighty black cliff bands often shipwreck on. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!