Evanescence – Evanescence (2011) – Review

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Oh my! I am in mourning. Black clad, bound in leather, a painting of somber colors and polished silver.

What a total and sad downgrade from the heights of Fallen to this album, kind of unhappily named Evanescence. Only that the evanescence1) of this gig seems to have finally disappeared completely.

First signs for this to happen already appeared on their former record The Open Door. The record that suffered from a certain lack of direction and oomph in the lower parts of the tracklist. Yet, the latter contained a lot of good stuff to render it … [...] Click to raid more!

The Rasmus – Dark Matters (2017) – Review

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Do you know what I accused Train of? That they went for some rosy, politically correct bullshit. A sugar-sweet regurgitation of whatever American feel-good spin doctors advertise. 

Gone are the days of carefree bouncing about the stage, and having a rebellious and jolly good time. If it is because of advancing age or because of the thought police would be the subject of a completely different post.

Now, I detect something of the exact same ilk with The Rasmus. Even if similarity does not mean that they committed the same capital sin. The band’s affinity towards disco-style sounds exists [...] Click to raid more!

Silver Dust – House 21 (2018) – Review

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First, you get the purists out there. The ones with a good tune, but absolutely no willingness or know-how to market themselves. This is sometimes borne from the need to bury themselves deep underground, idealistic purposes, or straight lackadaisical laziness.

Then you often hear: ‘I entered the mainstream’. Proudly pronounced by folks happy to be with everybody else. The ones that will hit all the levers the music industry has to offer. And go with the motions to be visible and sell their fares. Which is great, but usually boring.

But there’s this tiny slice of bands, not only … [...] Click to raid more!