RMR’s 2015 Top 10 Records

RockmusicRaider Review - Amalie Bruun - GuitarThe first full year for RockmusicRaider 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.

So, let’s step right in:

RockmusicRaider Review - Finsterforst - Mach dich Frei - Album Cover#10 – Finsterforst – Mach

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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.


RockmusicRaider Review - Within Temptation - Hydra - Album Cover

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

Illuminata – Where Stories Unfold (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Illuminata - Where Stories Unfold - Album CoverNow step back a minute.

We have drumblasts – check! We have distorted guitars – check! We have a female front – check! Ah, only one? Confused! Symphonic influence – check! So, this must be Gothic Metal – NOPE! Well, kind of nope. It does have all of the trappings of a metal record, but it 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 to [...] Click to raid more!

Illuminata – A World So Cold (2011) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Illuminata - A World So Cold - Album CoverI have no idea where all these mediocre reviews come from 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 Symphonic Metal of the Gothic kind, 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. With [...] Click to raid more!