Avantasia – Moonglow (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Avantasia - Moonglow - Album CoverAh, countless calories galore. I just went to the fondue shop to get my fix of milk fat, garlic and loads of white wine. Together with two baguettes of course. You do need nice, crusty bread to go with this dish of molten cheese.

Well, in hindsight, this is not something I should have done. Because little did I know that I’d get started on Avantasia‘s Moonglow anytime soon.

Their 2019 record is so full of cheesy glory that – actually – there will be no need for future fondue excesses. Like for the next 250 years or so. [...] 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!

Meadows End – Sojourn (2016 / 2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Meadows End - Soujourn - Album CoverNow, imagine you would marry the evil twin of Nightwish to Insomnium and giving the female front of the former the boot first. You would in all probability beget a magic child called Meadows End.

Their style mixes the Scandinavian kind of Death Metal with not very subtle symphonic elements. And this gets us a sound that is pretty unique. Even if further influences like Omnium Gatherum, Amon Amarth and a tad of Wolfheart cannot be denied.

The Swedish Melodic and Symphonic Death Metal band Meadows End came into being way back [...] Click to raid more!