Mighty Oaks – Howl (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Mighty Oaks - Howl - Album CoverSometimes the process of reckoning and reasoning @ RockmusicRaider is unfathomable. No rhyme nor reason seems to be apparent when it comes to record selection for the ever-important review list. The one that decides – sometimes on a whim – who’s gonna get on the blog. 

Then we sometimes enigmatically decide to cover older records first, before the new ones get a chance. Or we go for very old ones to boot; a Scorpions review just saw the light of day lately for instance. ‘Cause stubborn RMR does not listen to pop lore pundits, telling us to only cover same-year records. Or the world will stop and you will drop off. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Shadygrove – In The Heart Of Scarlet Wood (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Shadygrove - In the Heart of Scarlet Wood - Album CoverI had a complaint. It all centered around the lack of folk on the RockmusicRaider blog. A sentiment that the RMR deck crew heartily supported by the way. The zine got a pretty tough metallic shine over the last months – growls, corpse paint and all. And this is just dandy of course, no contest. But our credo also leans towards the more folksy aspects of the music multiverse. 

So, what better surprise than this alluring blurb from Italy that just wafted over the alps. ‘Tis exactly that medicine that we need to soothe our metal-hot nerves with. Complete with a Celtic, kind of Medieval flavor and a sprinkling of pop culture to boot.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Ossian Smith unleashes Sleepless Town!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Ossian Smith - Sleepless Town - Album CoverSometimes it just takes simple rock to put a smile on your face. And one would think that we have seen it all when it comes to rock’n’roll. But you still find them out there; the artists that manage to squeeze their trade a bit more and get something original and tasty out to their fan base.

Built on a cheekily hinted foundation of good ol’ rock tunes from the ’70s and ’80s, Finnish artist Ossian Smith happily mixes Punk, alt-Country, Southern, Folk Rock and more into a somewhat headstrong concoction. In a short 17 minutes, the EP Sleepless Town is a pretty impressive piece of work.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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...