Caligula’s Horse – In Contact (2017) – Review

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The path to greatness (or the lack thereof) by any one band out there often1) feels like a journey. Sometimes it is a stairway to heaven, but – more often – a friggin’ rollercoaster to doom. The latter one is usually driven by often bizarre tenets that must be followed. Because the powers that be demand it, whoever that might be, by the way. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as the proverb goes.

Now, with this band, we don’t quite know where things are heading to. Caligula’s Horse released their fourth record this year, which … [...] Click to raid more!

Haken – The Mountain (2013) – Review

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If the mountain will not come to us, we must go to The Mountain.

Well, Haken just made us wait for a few weeks more until their newest record Virus will hit the shelves. So, why not give in to the temptation and write a few lines about their piece The Mountain of 2013. Something I wanted to do for a while.

The RMR deck crew always watches out for some good prog. A commodity that has become quite scarce of late, with a great many masters kinda hunting different grounds. Some of them weirdly so1). Probably … [...] Click to raid more!

Caligula’s Horse – Rise Radiant (2020) – Review

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It appears that a somewhat limited, yet pretty high-octane offering of prog will pass over the RMR review counter this year. And that’s a good thing. Even if we would have liked to see more, much more.

After the 2019 disappointment that Leprous produced, the deckhands on this RMR cruiser really look forward to some revival of Progressive Metal. Yet, Steven Wilson already telegraphed his urge to exploit the cheesily sweet pop soundscape worse than his current release To The Bone ever dared. And his next record will only show signs of life by January 2021, which may not be … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Haken release Invasion!

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Well, to cover two videos on RockmusicRaider for one sole upcoming album is a true first. This is some sort of fanboy gluttony that should not be repeated too often, lest the blog lose its bite and focus. But hey, give credit, where credit is due, right?

Already Haken‘s former piece Canary Yellow off their upcoming record Virus fascinated us with their ’80s era, nuclear version of germ warfare gone wrong.

Yet here, Invasion positively stunned us. Not only is the storytelling superb (and superbly disturbing), but the somewhat pig-headed, rough style of Progressive Metal on offer really fired … [...] Click to raid more!