Astralium – Land of Eternal Dreams (2019) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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I already stated once upon a time that I was pretty much done with Symphonic Metal. You might have heard that from me. Then Delfinia happened, and I found myself with egg on my face.

So, the RMR deck crew’s ‘new’ approach became a trifle more careful.

And it goes somewhat like this: If anybody can deliver a chunk of Symphonic Metal that is so good, it might unhorse biggies like Nightwish, then I want to know about it. Ha, there you go, destiny. I got you good this … [...] Click to raid more!

Delfinia – Deep Elevation (2019) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider - Delfinia - Deep Elevation - Album Cover Sometimes you vow stuff. And you wish you better did not. Because vows are there to be broken. This time, the vow was about not covering any new Melodic or Symphonic Metal bands anymore. Or any other newcomer in Power Metal that somehow tries to emerge from an ocean of lookalikes. Dime-a-dozen deliveries, with an ever yesterday’s sound, rehashed all over again. Right? 

Well, it did not quite work out that way. Time to be contrite, RMR.

Because here we stumbled across Delfinia from the vast plains of Ukraine. And they just released their [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Eli Van Pike feature In Flames!

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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What better style than Industrial Metal to invoke all of them demons that seem to haunt the modern global workings these days. And the German NDH movement may be the perfect backdrop for that kind of theme.

Eli Van Pike indeed have ample material for their tune in these troubled times, with the American government running roughshod over everything and anything. And the German class politique – indeed the whole of Europe – unable or unwilling to stand up to the bully. So, in a sense, the title In Flames[...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Hunter’s Moon by Delain

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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I 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 [...] Click to raid more!