Stormtide – Wrath of an Empire (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Stormtide - Wrath of an Empire - Album CoverThe Chinese are loose in the fantasy #metal universe. Or are they? And how does this all fit into a viking fighting longship, dragon head and all? Well, it doesn’t. The tune reaches us from down-under: The Aussie band Stormtide are hitting the world with their début full length album Wrath of an Empire.

And it is all about the old question how you can differentiate yourself from the Symphonic Death Metal and Fantasy Metal crowd out there by adding more spice? Well, first, they sail dangerously close to Amon Amarth and mix this with an almost Amaranthe-esque use of keyboards and synthesizers. Then the powers that be call it Fantasy Metal in view of their magician infused tale.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Universal Theory – The Most Attractive Force (2015) – Review

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Universal-Theory-The-Most-Attractive-Force-cd-coverUniversal Theory beckons us. With their newest and best, called The Most Attractive Force for release to the esteemed public by end of August 2015. 

Now wait a minute, you bunch of Einsteins! Was the Universal Theory not the Theory of Everything? But this is actually a band joining us from Spain. And you know what? Sometimes I wanna whack these bands for their choice of brand names, but then again, this is kind of part of this genre in a way.

But joking apart: Whenever I listen to Universal Theory‘s brand of Atmospheric Metal (coming complete with integrated pop metal attacks…), this inevitably reminds me of the German gig Blutengel.Got hooked? Raid this some more...