Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2015) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful - Album CoverIt is indeed and undeniably Nightwish as we know it. My fears that this time we would be faced with something entirely different did not materialize. But this very same and familiar style is presented with an added edge to boot.

And it is not more metal. It is darker, more direct, a tad louder than before. There is a distinct or – shall we say – pretty heavy use of symphonic and folk elements that is another hallmark of their 8th full length studio album Endless Forms Most Beautiful. So, this is undeniably Nightwish, but refreshingly different from their last record Imaginaerum. This whole concoction reminds me a bit of Dark Passion Play, but it is different still and for sure faster.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Epica – The Phantom Agony (2003) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Epica - The Phantom Agony - Album CoverAh, I am relieved! Just listening to Epica and their June 2003 debut concoction The Phantom Agony. And I am really taken aback by the quality and depth of this production. What a nice surprise. Especially after just having reviewed their 2014 Little Booklet of Night Horrors The Quantum Enigma, which was kind of out of control. A real pity by the way. Frankly, I really feared to find something very similar in this record.  

Usually I am not too fond of operatic productions. Most of the time too much pretentious bombastic bullshit to keep a straight face with. But this one is really, REALLY good! Well, well – it is agony indeed, unknown torment to my metal soul too!Got hooked? Raid this some more...