Newsflash: Should the Killing Volts say yes?

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - The Killing Volts - Why Should I Say Yes - Album CoverGeez, it is a long time that I have not heard that kind of groove. But here it is: A full load of grunge-flavored, intense Punk Rock hardly seen these days this side of NirvanaAnd it does my ears good after all these disks with high pitched metal that just whipped through the RockmusicRaider office floor. 

The Swiss band The Killing Volts brandishes this nonchalant, don’t-give-a-shit style that is so very important to their trade. Their decidedly short, but nevertheless juicily powerful EP Why Should I Say Yes will relentlessly drive this point home for every second of its very limited span of airplay. This is a harmonious band, aptly led by the scratchy, no-nonsense style of the vocalist and fully embedded by two guitars, bass and rumblings drums. Bare bones, no other shenanigans in a display of raw power.

They even made this atrocious and age-old pop song Tainted Love of Soft Cell turn into a winner with a mountain of juice and crunch. And – believe me – I usually hate covers, when original content should reign supreme.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Nirvana – Nevermind (1991) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nirvana - Nevermind - Album CoverSometimes it is tough to give the past a real hard and unforgiving look. Especially when it comes to emotionally laden and much hyped-about albums like Nevermind from the long defunct band Nirvana. And there are emotions galore in and surrounding this album. Not to forget the band in particular.

On top, one would think that pretty much all was already said, written or otherwise dispensed of in relation to this album. In books, films and in endless, sometimes contradicting articles on the news or on the never-forgetting internet. Or was it? So, it is somewhat of a challenging task to get a few critical words out into the open that others did not yet cover ad nauseam. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Empty Trail – Bare (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Empty Trail - Bare - Albume CoverThe RMR crew very rarely issue a full review for an EP. There are exceptions of course, but those are few and far between. A feat that the US-based multi-instrumentalist Rick Lambert of Empty Trail pulled off with his earlier 2014 record Hollow Hearted. And deservedly so, rugged quality and all. This of course kept us interested in more rocky delights from this specific neck of the woods. And – lo and behold – here we are with new material ready to be reviewed.

Now, all things evolve and so does Empty Trail. It is only in 2016 that the band released the début full length album Bare. The band still boasts this slightly Stoner-esque and – I daresay – grunge-infused brand of hot, sunshine-bleached desert rock. A cocktail served with just enough of a swagger to keep the interest levels up, order another beer and enjoy the tune whilst looking out over the reddish mesa.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!