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...

Sirenia – The Seventh Life Path (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sirenia - The Seventh Life Path - Album CoverYou know, I like Gothic Metal and Symphonic Metal. I really do. It is usually more melodious and varied than the more straightforward types of metal that are existing out there. And after a weekend of down’n’dirty metal crunch, some Symphonic band-aid to soothe my bleeding ears is a welcome change. But here I am listening to the Spanish/Norwegian Gothic Metal band of two+ Sirenia‘s latest studio album The Seventh Life Path. And already I am confused.

No doubt: The talent at work is impressive. Morten Veland founded the gig back in 2001, the multi-instrumentalist In-Chief. And Ailyn Giménez serving you with vocals since 2008.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

RockmusicRaider’s Intermittent Best of… – Tome II

Caladan Brood - RockmusicRaider Music ReviewsIt for sure feels like a gazillion of months since I first wrote the Tome I Best of… earlier in 2015. But we are only a few months out and already a new one is due.

Eventful was the time: From flamers attacking us with comments displaying a level of stupidity I never thought possible, to full-blown hacker attacks on the site, one total breakdown of the site with subsequent reloading and salvaging the server contents. This last one was quite heavy, barely avoiding loosing months of writing.

Wondrous things were happening too: For example Anneke van Giersbergen almost jumping onto the hood of my car when crossing the road right in front of me with her family in a little town by the Lake of Geneva and poor old RockmusicRaider struck speechless, sitting dumbstruck in the car.Got hooked? Raid this some more...