RMR’s 2015 Top 10 Records

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The first full year for RMR went by and a great many records were reviewed. A wild ride it was and still is, with challenges galore, some overcome and some still lurking nearby. This list covers records that got released in 2015. And who would have thought that the black section of metal would be getting such attention during this year? Certainly not me. I am looking forward to an even more eventful 2016 and the pipeline does look pretty much filled already – but this is only the beginning.

Let’s begin.

#10 – Finsterforst – Mach Dich Frei

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RMR’s Intermittent Best of… – Tome I!

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Well, hells bells! Time to kick this off with the first-ever Intermittent Best of… of the RockmusicRaider story.

This was quite a run from no website a few months ago. To a blog that starts to pay off to some very, very limited fame. And this is just the beginning with – surely – many more reviews to come. With the limited time that I have at my disposal with a day job and many other duties.


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The first review that started me off was Hydra from Within Temptation. This record is frankly not the best offering these guys ever … [...] Click to raid more!

Illuminata – Where Stories Unfold (2015) – Review

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Now, step back a minute.

We have drum blasts, distorted guitars, and a female front. All check! But only one female this time? Here’s some confusion indeed! Symphonic influence – check! But the record is for sure not your usual piece of Symphonic Metal.

The Austrian band Illuminata hail from the beautiful city of Graz. You know the one with the funky Kunsthaus and clock tower. And I am floored. Their 2015 album Where Stories Unfold departs in a completely different direction than their last record. Gone is the rocky and straightforward style that kept on leaning into Within Temptation[...] Click to raid more!

Illuminata – A World So Cold (2011) – Review

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I have no idea where all these mediocre reviews come from that I tortured myself reading. And why the fuck I did this to myself is beyond me. The 2011 album A World So Cold from the Austrian band Illuminata is simply refreshing. Perhaps apart from the bodged intro that just wants to make you scream and kick the walls, that is.

Pure goth sloth with loads of Symphonic Metal, best described as Within Temptation with an edge, mixed with some Xandria style elements. Add a hint of Nightwish to this medley and it will put a smile on your face. … [...] Click to raid more!