Amorphis – Queen of Time (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Amorphis - Queen of Time - Album CoverAye! Guilty! The first listen of Queen of Time – Amorphis‘ 2018 concoction – originated from a relatively lo-fi streaming platform. And – unsurprisingly – this first glimpse left yours truly wondering where Amorphis was headed these days. Terrible visions of Amaranthe-esque disasters, misguided Power Metal et al. But the Finns usually have been a stable brand. At least until now. So, confusion reigned for a while at the RockmusicRaider offices.

Just think back to the outstanding ’96 album Elegy or the 2015 piece Under The Red Cloud, perhaps with the exception of Circle that earned less brownie points. In this sense, the puzzle did not fit at all. The supreme powers that be @ RMR thus decreed a forced waiting time until such time that a better copy would become available. And – lo and behold – the moment hi-fi amps started to flow from the music machine, things started to change.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Carach Angren – Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten (2017) – Review

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Carach Angren Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten Album CoverSometimes theatrics are just part of the show, there’s nothing else to it. Or they can be part of a band’s DNA, out of which their style and lifeblood emerges. Just look at bands like Cradle of Filth, whose works would be rated much differently, were you to judge them by the music only. Yet – as it turns out – their on-stage and on-clip performance plays an almost equally important role in their fans’ perception. And by that same token for the reviewers and critics as well.

This is something we will see more of, as the music industry evolves further, by the way. I detect this tendency towards more and better integrated multi-media productions. And here we have metal bands already playing that game, at a somewhat nerdy level of mastery. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: The War Inside – by Meka Nism!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Meka Nism - The War Inside - Album CoverGothic Metal is dead, right? And all thunder got sucked out of Melodic and Symphonic Metal already, right? Dry heaves left only, and we look forward to the next Nighwish album with awful dread, right? Well, correct for Nightwish. But a firm ‘hell no’ as new talent goes. There is still hope on the horizon, whatever faint the outlook may be. 

Meet the Orlando, FL based, highly talented 5-piece Meka Nism and their newest EP The War Inside. This is one of these blurbs that kind of sticks to your frontal lobe and will follow you around. And worse still for a reviewer as yours truly. The review pipe is in a desperate state, yet you find yourself listening to this record for the second time in a row. There you go, proof of the pudding. They are good, outstandingly so.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!