Ostura – The Room (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ostura - The Room - Album CoverI am amazed. These guys managed to get the attention of Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Guilt MachineStream of Passion, The Gentle Storm), plus secured the services of a felt gazillion of additional guest performers from 12 countries. As if this weren’t enough, they got Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studios to do the mixing and mastering piece. Then the band forged ahead and landed us with 74 minutes of progressive goodness on 12 tracks. Wow!

And this raised a major concern right from the beginning. Do we have another case of extensive, badly managed complexity that raises its ugly head? It for sure sounded like that to me at first.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Scardust – Sands of Time (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Scardust - Sands of Time - Album CoverProgressive Metal is an European affair. Right? This is what the Europeans think at least. And this annoys many American bands to hell and back. But the EU prog nerds have a point. There’s just no real cool prog that emanates from across the pond anymore. The only thing we seem to get these days is preposterous news about how their government behaves itself. Okay, you will find exceptions like the excellent Moon Haven that RMR just recently reviewed. But then, these guys are arguably more on alt-metal territory than anywhere else. 

Now think about some Progressive Metal that somehow lost its compass completely and saw the light of day in Isreal.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Fleshgod Apocalypse – King (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Fleshgod Apocalypse - King - Album CoverFleshgod Apocalypse is a relatively young band. They formed in 2007 in Perugia/Italy. You know, the medieval city with the escalators that move you from the catacombs to the light. A place of epic murder trials, chocolate and pasta.

How very fitting a background for the Machiavellian theme employed in this album. And not yet quite 10 years into the game, they came a hell of a long way in a very short time. And I am saying this now, because their style is really difficult to match in terms of complexity. Many a band certainly got some inspiration off their unique style, like Kaledon, Parodos or Lör.Got hooked? Raid this some more...