The Gentle Storm – The Diary (2015) – Review

Originally posted on 30 August 2015
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RockmusicRaider Review Gentle Storm The Diary - Album CoverHere I am going to hunt for once well outside my usual haunts and dark forests of yonder badlands, lost at sea – feeling like Jack Sparrow with his compass pointing nowhere. Landing back in spice trade nirvana, creaking planks and salted beef for supper. 

This new endeavor all started when I heard about a double-concept album called The Diary. Released under the name of The Gentle Storm, featuring Anneke Van Giersbergen (long time ago with The Gathering, Devin Townsend, Ayreon, and solo) as the vocalist, and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Stream of [...] Click to raid 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 down the road 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 losing months of writing.

Wondrous things were happening, too!

For example Anneke van [...] Click to raid more!

Stream of Passion – The Flame Within (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Stream of Passion Flame Within - Album CoverHere is a band that improves with the past? Or should we say they decline as they move forward into the future?

Well, first I reviewed Stream of Passion‘s newest album A War of Our Own – newest meaning 2014 – and not being impressed too much. So, I turned in desperation to some older stuff they produced.

And … BINGO!

The band’s second studio album The Flame Within really delivers a much better brand of Dutch Metal than I would have expected judging by their newest production.

The band recovered nicely, after having been treated somewhat shabbily by [...] Click to raid more!