Leaves’ Eyes – Sign of the Dragonhead (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Leaves' Eyes - Sign of the Dragonhead - Album CoverI am sitting in a bar with some friends. Nice, dark and cool it is in here, some chicks lounging not far away at a table. Fatty finger food and caloric drinks galore that will wreak havoc with my jelly-belly. But hey, the brain likes fat and sugar, so here we go. Downright comfy, right?

If only there wasn’t just that annoying background music. Like a cold drizzle out in the boonies, always there, but never quite present. Soulless soundbites without effect, created in the cold embrace of robots and synthesizers with some dude tweaking some buttons. I guess to give these heartless electronics some groove, yet it never gets there.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Sirenia – Dim Days of Dolor (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sirenia - Dim Days of Dolor - Album CoverTo look at Sirenia these days is like reliving the events around Leaves’ Eyes all over again. If you remember: Out rocketed Liv Kristine earlier this year and in came the Goth Chick from the East. And it was lightning fast with – apparently – no prior notice to the victim in this play of villains. In the context of Sirenia, it is Aylin Gimenez getting the boot in a tearing hurry. Aylin actually stayed longest with the band as female fronts go. In the past all leads left after an album or so, stating a variety of reasons. Kind of sounds like the infamous divorce excuse in the US called irreconcilable differences.

Well, we will never know what the truth really is or was, but I do see a pattern. Similar things happened with Nightwish, for example. Twice actually, once when Tarja Turunen got dismissed and the second time when the band forced Anette Olzon out into the cold. I am not sure what is wrong with the people skills of some of these guys. But hey, this kind of rough treatment seems to be the modus operandi in this genre. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Gone In April – Threads of Existence (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Gone in April - Threads of Existence - Album CoverKnoxville, TN, huh? In the bible belt? Not necessarily known for its abundance in metal bands. But here is the Canadian/American band Gone In April featuring their sophomore full length album Threads of Existence that just got released this early 2016.

And they do not opt for the easy road: They’re offering a Gothic laden Symphonic Metal style that will make you hit the back button, when you just wanted to skip the record and move on. And yes, I know there is Speed, Folk and Thrash Metal in there too and it is veering into Cinematic on some of the tracks. But most the general undertone is definitely Gothic and Symphonic Metal. And I’d think their style is soft enough to please the Gothic crowd, but will not find a lot of foothold with the die-hard metalheads. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!