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. LOL! This was just around the time when I reviewed The Diary of The Gentle Storm; one of the rare records receiving a straight 10/10 rating on the blog. As you may imagine, Anneke and Arjen Lucassen were a lot on my mind at that time. Then this; I thought I’d seen a ghost.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Leaves’ Eyes – King of Kings (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Leaves Eyes King of Kings - Album CoverI am pleasantly surprised! Leaves’ Eyes again managed to up the ante and add a lot of metal in King of Kings to their already improved former delivery in Symphonies of the Night. They steadily increased the quality of their musical prowess over the years and King of Kings is no exception. Deeper, darker, more metallic in structure, but also folk laden in certain parts. Sometimes it almost reminds me of some Folk Metal acts – but not quite to the extent of calling them that. And the lyrics delivered by the lovely Liv Kristine Espenaes are up a notch too – much more mature, very precise and varied. And – how to call it – more meaty too; really well done.

The story is based on old (or the first) Norse Kings – specifically Halvdan The Black, who – whilst winning a lot of battles – died by drowning after having broken through thin ice into a lake. His main achievement – apart from uniting some of the existing fiefdoms – is fathering Harald Fairhair, who grew up to become the first united King of the Norse tribes. And this is at the center of the story in King of Kings.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Cradle of Filth – Nymphetamine (2004) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Cradle of Filth - Nymphetamine - Album CoverHmm, never say, never. Or is it more that exceptions confirm the rule? Usually I am not a big fan of these necrotic-psychopathic eruptions of total bullshit the Black Metal scene often produces. But there are a few good bands out there: Those with some fantasy, that come without the urge to bludgeon you to death with spiked fists and electric guitars, coupled with disgracefully bad music. Cradle of Filth is one of the more promising ones. And their 2004 album Nymphetamine is one of their better productions – especially compared to their album preceding this one.

Saying this I can already see the purists’ hate neurons grinding into motion, wanting to scream at me that this is not Black Metal anymore and we should ban this band to Hades (or rather drown them in the muddy waters of the river Styx, so they won’t come back..). And this for eternity for having transgressed on the pure idea of what fucking metal should look like.c Well, there is some truth in this, but more to that later on. But how on earth should Black Metal be like – it is more or less what you want it to be, never mind Gorgoroth. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!