Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase. (2015) – Review

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Rockmusicraider Review - Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase. - Album Cover2015 is over and now I continue to unearth all these hidden gems that somehow went missing last year. And I am unhappy to say that I really missed that one.

Hand. Cannot. Erase. from Progressive Rock adept Steven Wilson is a very special piece of work. It comes – at least in parts – across kind of similar in the djent heavy style of the latest Leprous record The Congregation, grungily mixing some Strawbs-ish elements into its tune. In fact you will find a lot of early progressive hooks on this disc. All the more endearing, as they don’t make ’em quite like this anymore these days. And I am doubly amazed, ’cause its predecessor from 2013 The Raven That Refused to Sing left me strangely indifferent, even if technically extremely well done. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Serious Black – As Daylight Breaks (2015) – Review

First, I was confused. Very confused. What does Harry Potter do in my #Metal world? Here I am ending up listening to a newcomer called 'Serious Black' composed by some very well known names in the metal genre - Roland Grapow (Masterplan, Helloween), Thomen Stauch (Blind Guardian), Mario Lochert (Visions Of Atlantis), Dominik Sebastian (Edenbridge), Jan Vacik (Dreamscape) and Urban Breed (Tad Morose). And those six musicians of long date and some standing decided to found a new project - sorry - a band dangerously closely named after some character in the Harry Potter series.