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...

Darkher – Realms (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Darkher - Realms - Album CoverTo be #metal or not to be, ’tis the question. We are speaking about the début full length album Realms of the (almost) one-woman show Darkher aka Jayn H. Wissenberg. And it is – at first – a difficult proposition. Just to find yourself later in a doomish soundscape that clearly smacks of #metal, apart from the airy, atmospheric, almost folk-laden look and feel this album presents to you. I cannot but be reminded of Myrkur and their latest album M or the weary wails of Loreena McKennitt, both dwelling in the ethereal realm same as this one. Of course, the genres for the former and the latter are totally different.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...

Die Irrlichter – Zaubergarten (2015) – Rezension!

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RockmusicRaider Review - Die Irrlichter - Zaubergarten - Album CoverDie Irrlichter sind schon seit einiger Zeit auf meinem mittelalterlichen Radar. Seitdem haben sie mich wirklich fasziniert und zwar mit ihrem doch recht melodiösen Musikstil. Aber das neueste und 7. Studioalbum Zaubergarten hat mich sofort in seinen Bann geschlagen und die Schreibefinger angeworfen.

Während einige (nicht alle..) in dieser doch noch überschaubaren Gruppierung von Musikern und Bands sich entweder auf schauderhafte Wald- und Wiesenklänge einlassen oder sich in schlüpfrige Gefilde begeben, haben mich die Mädels aus dieser Band um Brigitta Jaroschek immer sehr beeindruckt. In ihren Anfängen ging es immer noch etwas leicht zu, aber dann hat das Ganze an Klang und Qualität massiv zugenommen. Ich würde sagen mit ersten Anfängen in Aventiure im 2006.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...