Epica – The Holographic Principle (2016) – Review

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Epica are known for their penchant towards super-epic, somewhat overstuffed and choir-heavy productions. Starting as a Symphonic and Gothic Metal outfit with the astonishing The Phantom Agony, the band slowly evolved towards an orchestral laden, bombastic style that left many of their earlier fans confused in their wake.

Over the last years we have seen many of the major players in this genre move into a similar – if not the same – direction. Which means that what should be innovation turns out to be the new mainstream of sorts. It is a little like this drive to political [...] Click to raid more!

Revenience – Daedalum (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Revenience - Daedalum - Album Cover Wheel of the Devil, huh?  Welcome to Zoetropia. Meaning the Daedalum, featuring a round device with slits giving the impression of moving images when actioned. Officially invented in the 1800’s and patented by a number of crafty bastards, all claiming glory for themselves. When others (way) before them already attempted this feat.

But it is a nice touch to name Revenenience‘s debut album thus, ’cause the devil is always lurking somewhere in the background in this type of metal.

Bologna-based Revenience formed back in 2014. This whilst already working on their first album Daedalum, drawing on material from [...] Click to raid more!

Lacuna Coil – Delirium (2016) – Review

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Looks like it takes an asylum visit and some lineup changes to kick things up a notch. After the two somewhat swell deliveries Lacuna Coil mustered before, the band now lets loose their newest full-length album Delirium in spring 2016 with renewed gusto. And it is some gusto, I can tell ya. 

What a change compared to Broken Crown Halo of 2014. This newly invented style is astonishingly good in more ways than one and an amazing feat pulling off such a record in a very reasonable time scale.

Loud, screechy, scratchy, dirty, but still unarguably Lacuna Coil, the record forges forward without looking left or right. I specifically like [...] Click to raid more!

Van Halst – World of Make Believe (2016) – Review

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I can tell you what they are not. Van Halst are not some sort of an Evanescence clone, as was suggested by some.

Their debut World of Make Believe features some pretty strong similarities for sure. But they don’t imitate the typical sound of the latter, nor should they. If there has been a typical style left, that is, after the unhappy departure of the old band around Ben Moody.

Van Halst deploy a much fresher and – I daresay – a more thoughtful brand of their own music. Too tough and more varied than the one of their alleged [...] Click to raid more!