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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Reveries End – Edge of Dark Waters (2016) – Review

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Reveries End Edge of Dark Waters Album CoverHere is an interesting one! At first you might think Edge of Dark Waters of Reveries End is dime-a-dozen Gothic Rock with some Metal. All heard, done and gone out of fame something like 10 years ago. The kind that makes you want to paint your lips black and slap on some sickly pale color to your face. Right? 

There is some truth in that, but not so fast. ‘Tis a pretty good record that should be worthy of your time. Because you’re gonna find a helluva lot of pretty cool facets to this one single, round disc that at first looks rather uniform. And this is one of those records growing on you and morphing into something else after a few listens.Got hooked? Raid this some more...