Eluveitie – Evocation II – Pantheon (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Eluveitie - Evocation II - Pantheon - Album CoverMonumental change took place within the confines of Eluveitie. Anna Murphy and her entourage (or faction, as evil tongues have it) left the band in 2016 seemingly in protest. And that meant long-time drummer Merlin Sutter and guitarist Ivo Henzi left with her to found Cellar Darling. Or – as the lore goes – Merlin got left first and the others chose to follow suit. 

Well, whatever the sequence of events may have been, fact is that the growler-in-chief had the decidedly thorny task to recruit and train a new crew. This may also explain the unusually long wait before the new album Evocation II – Pantheon saw the light of day.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

The Gentle Storm – The Diary (2015) – Review

[Originally posted on 30 August 2015]
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RockmusicRaider Review Gentle Storm The Diary - Album CoverHere I am going to hunt for once well outside my usual haunts and dark forests of yonder badlands, lost at sea – feeling like Jack Sparrow with his compass pointing nowhere. Landing back in spice trade nirvana, creaking planks and salted beef for supper. This new endeavour all started when I heard about a double-concept album called ‘The Diary’ coming out under the name of The Gentle Storm, featuring Anneke Van Giersbergen (long time ago with The Gathering, Townsend project and solo) as THE VOICE (okay, the vocalist…LOL) and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Stream of Passion).Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Myrkur – M (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Myrkur - M - Album CoverYou are a metal fan, right? That is why you are here. Right? So, have you ever tried to listen to Enya? Yes, the one of the surreal, kind of weird, ethereal melodies and soft tunes. Not #metal at all, y’know. Now: Mix three parts of Enya with a shot of Caladan Brood, together with 2 parts of Cradle of Filth on steroids (meaning: Dani Filth’s annoying screams amplified times five…). Then throw in three parts of Ulver and one psychedelic part of Suns of Thyme. And thus you get M, the latest and best of Myrkur. And no, this has nothing to do with James Bond and his 007-ish being.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Xandria – India (2005) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Xandria - India - Album CoverWhen 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. Hmm!

After their very successful 2nd album Ravenheart it must have been decidedly difficult to find the venue for a fitting succession to an already successful former record. And, in addition, just about a short year later. And to me they managed pretty well. Still delivered in their laid back, kind of dreamy, synthesized metal trademark brand of music, the album nevertheless manages to mark a change.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Passenger – Whispers (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Passenger - Whispers - Album CoverAfter all that harder Metal  stuff I reviewed lately, it is time to get to something a little softer and more reflective. What better choice than Passenger with their newest 2014 release and 6th studio album Whispers. Or more Mike Rosenberg with his latest and best, made with some studio musicians.

Similar style (or kind of, at least) than its predecessor All the Little Lights, the music is quite varied and somewhat different from each other, but of course and as usual, the melodies are of lesser importance, but more focus are on the texts – he is a story teller.

And clearly Da Mastah is really gifted and has a knack with melodies of all sorts.Got hooked? Raid this some more...