RockmusicRaider’s Intermittent Best of… Tome I – The first few Months!

cool-guitarWell, hells bells! This was quite a run from no website a few months ago to a blog that starts to pay off to some very, very limited fame. Still going strong, writing reviews left, right and center – investing what little time my already busy schedule leaves me.

The first review that started me off was ‘Hydra‘ from Within Temptation – frankly not the best these guys ever produced – a friggin’ attempt to get into mainstream. A pity if you think that they produced stellar stuff before, real pearls like ‘Enter‘ or ‘The Silent Force’, which still send shivers down my spine for some of them tracks in there. Real emotion!

Black Sabbath then came along with their latest masterpiece ‘13‘. A bunch of grumpy old men strumming away, still going strong – no meek singing, but rocking away with Doom and Heavy Metal at its best. A pity that their long-time drummer kind of lost himself looking for a contract. Good grief! This last record really reminded me of their very first album, kindred in style – by the name of Black Sabbath. And I love them for it – ways to go Ozzy, Geezer and Tony! They still play the thing that stands before me.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Within Temptation – Enter (1997) – Review

As I am in the 'Within Temptation' groove, let's stay there for a while. It would be a pity not to review the very first record 'Enter' they did back in 1997, just after the band officially assembled about a year earlier. This one was created just after the departure of Sharon den Adel from her usual work routine as a fashion designer, I kid you not. Smart girl, that - she apparently still designs her own outfits. I wish I could do that as well.

So, now they take off with this decidedly very high quality production.