Alestorm – No Grave But The Sea (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Alestorm - No Grave But The Sea - Album Cover“Rum, beer, quests and mead. These are the things that a pirate needs!” By Davy Jones’ beard, only one band throws a chorus line like that at the audience. And only one can be reviewed whilst under the influence without a ticket from grammar police. These are the alcohol guzzling sea dogs of Alestorm. Let’s face it: When Christopher Bowes and his gang of merry pirates have another go at a record, fun and cheap booze are on the menu. And their 5th full length album No Grave But The Sea is absolutely no different. So, uncap your bottle, pour and unleash the metal waves rolling in from pirate country.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Stormtide – Wrath of an Empire (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Stormtide - Wrath of an Empire - Album CoverThe Chinese are loose in the fantasy #metal universe. Or are they? And how does this all fit into a viking fighting longship, dragon head and all? Well, it doesn’t. The tune reaches us from down-under: The Aussie band Stormtide are hitting the world with their début full length album Wrath of an Empire.

And it is all about the old question how you can differentiate yourself from the Symphonic Death Metal and Fantasy Metal crowd out there by adding more spice? Well, first, they sail dangerously close to Amon Amarth and mix this with an almost Amaranthe-esque use of keyboards and synthesizers. Then the powers that be call it Fantasy Metal in view of their magician infused tale.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Intermittent Digest – Tome III

Howdy, fans and friends! Months have passed again way too fast since the last point of the situation (as we say in French) and already it is time to halt the horses again and take stock. The first full year @ RockmusicRaider – 2015 – has passed and we start to approach mid-year 2016. By Loki, things are moving fast and I am not getting younger. So, what happened since Tome II. I can say one thing: Dark, dark is the going, when the going gets tough.

Felt waves of Black or blackened Metal are coming our way. I am amazed – seems to be a sign of the times.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Gloryhammer – Tales from the Kingdom of Fife (2013) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Tales of the Kingdom of Fife - Album CoverHow to best describe this? Ah, yeah. The band calls it Heroic Fantasy Power Metal, no less. Okay, it indeed feels like the beginning of the Kingdom of Cheese. This is what happens, when a Scottish pirate and a Swiss cheese artist come together to form a band. The début of the mighty Gloryhammer called Tales from the Kingdom of Fife happens. That’s what! 

Reminiscent of Hammerfall in many cases, the album for sure does not break any new ground, but whatever ground they break is presented with an absolutely stellar enthusiasm and a technical prowess that puts other debuting bands to shame. And puts established bands in the genre to their place, no fucking kidding.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Unleash The Archers – Time Stands Still (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Unleash The Archers - Time Stands Still - Album CoverTalk about boundless energy. I am listening to the 2015 3rd studio album Time Stands Still of Unleash the Archers. And holy shit, these guys are taking off like a fucking rocket on steroids. Only this is one of those hate/love affairs all over again. Something is rotten in this record that has received mostly positives to date. When frankly, it is not all infinitive bliss. Yeah, you heard that one right: It is technically flawless, but looking at it as the sum of all parts? Not so sure.

Unleash The Archers perform a brand of Power and Speed Metal that is for sure not as cheesy as some of the reviews I read were suggesting.Got hooked? Raid this some more...