Newsflash: Hunter’s Moon by Delain

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RockmusicRaider - Delain - Hunter's Moon - Album CoverI am stumped and pleased at the same time with Hunter’s Moon of the Dutch outfit Delain.

Why issue an EP, and then smother it in a truckload of endless live tracks and videos? Unless you want to make a weak offering palatable to the audience by stuffing it with a ton of recordings of times past.

Or you mix 16 minutes of originality with 48 minutes of miscellaneous recordings on a CD, plus untold minutes of video on another, to inflate earnings. Which – again – is a fine strategy. Because you gotta make a living, right?

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Within Temptation – Resist (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Within Temptation - Resist - ReviewWe write the Year of the Lord 2014. RockmusicRaider concocts her first ever review. And – much to our misfortune – it is a negative one to start this blog series with. Within Temptation is the name and Hydra is the game. 

Since that time I dreaded the moment that this band would release a new one of their once famously crusty records. Just remember masterpieces like Enter, Mother Earth or The Silent Force. Those positively sparkled with creativity and a sense of adventure. Always different and so succulently refreshing that you could just not get [...] Click to raid more!

Temperance – Of Jupiter and Moons (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Temperance - Of Jupiter and Moons - Album CoverThe Italian band Temperance and the Rockmusicraider crew crossed paths a few times over the years. The offerings on the menu never quite made it to the blog, though. But with their 2018 record Of Jupiter and Moons things started to change.

A new level of power, juice and refinement is in the air that was not quite there before. And indeed, changes were made.

Michele Guaitoli (Kaledon, Overtures) joined the band in 2017. Together with Alessia Scolletti, who was active with Guaitoli on a variety of projects. And whose belting powers continue to [...] Click to raid more!