Valley of the Sun – Old Gods (2019) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider - Valley of the Sun - Old Gods - Album Cover There’s a new genre out there. Well, it is not new, at all. But it continues to gain momentum, importance, and – more importantly – general acceptance. One that is fun to listen to in a live environment. Famous for festivals and live venues in general. And it also gets you enough oomph to please in an earphone.

We’re talking about Heavy Rock and its many nuances out there. A style pretty much defined by its lava-like hotness and rough-hewn structure. Belted lyrics, boundless energy galore, and scratchy, loudly downturned guitars. Plus a frugal [...] Click to raid more!

Hey Satan – Orange Moon (2019) – Review

Last updated on 2 October 2020

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RockmusicRaider - Hey Satan - Orange Moon - Album Cover 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Hartsbane release As Summer Dies!

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider - Hartsbane - As Summer Dies - Album Cover I always thought the Germans beat everyone to the punch with their proverbial efficiency. But here we have Hartsbane, who stated that they will launch their new EP As Summer Dies on 20 April 2019 at 20.00 h, or so it said on their website.

Well, I’ll be damned. There you go for 20/20 foresight. This puts even the Swiss to shame, where trains need to leave on the millisecond. Lest a national emergency be declared swiftly and without remorse.

But jokes apart and whatever the case may be, the Israelis from Hartsbane[...] Click to raid more!

The Riven – The Riven (2019) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider - The Riven - The Riven - Album CoverThis groovy grind was already visible when The Riven released their 2017 blurb Blackbird. This good ‘ol whiskey fueled rock, filled with stoner-esque pleasures to the brim. The good old times of sensual rock suddenly beckoning you all over again.

You do find them still, them bands with a style that kinda went out of fashion many years ago. But not so often anymore. Dirty Sound Magnet in their old incarnation was one. Or again Last Bullet or Hey Satan with their grouchy, stony beat.

But a band sounding like a mix of [...] Click to raid more!