Nirvana – Bleach (1989) – Review

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In a way, this is the review I never wanted to do. Bleach, Nirvana‘s starter kit, has no great allure and was never able to really convince me. Too bare bone in structure1), totally scratchy and with a somewhat unfinished varnish.

You see, Nirvana and me, we go way back and this anti-fanboy opinion of that first record is well-founded in all sorts of empirics. Or in other words, this has not always been a relationship of love and understanding. We can of course also find excuses why this album should exist at all and I … [...] Click to raid more!

Hey Satan – Orange Moon (2019) – Review

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It is good that not all bands and artists fall off the deep end and indulge themselves in pseudo-hip-hop, and/or some sort of bastardized Latino tunes. You know, those cookie-cutter tracks that overwhelmingly populate the hit and chart lists of radio stations.

And I admit, after much metal, a dram of Salsa with pretty hot rhythms will do you good. As long as it is genuine. If not, this quickly veers into overkill. Often these fake tunes are so simplistic that it actually hurts to even stay with them longer than a few seconds.

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Rebel Rampage get us Divided We Fall!

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Rebel Rampage live their music true to their name. And that’s the least you can say. Their 2018 record Divided We Fall bemoans the perceived wrongs that befell modern society in the US. And I daresay, they for sure find loads of ammunition during these times of confused and embarrassing chaos coming from the centers of power in Washington.

Of course, this kind of theme is nothing new. Specifically, the punk scene famously performed that feat. And that up to their very own self-destruction back in their heyday. Interestingly, the scene is creeping back into the light. But it’s a … [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Should the Killing Volts say yes?

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - The Killing Volts - Why Should I Say Yes - Album Cover Geez, 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 [...] Click to raid more!