Newsflash: Tragul Ramp It Up!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Tragul 2018Same as the dreaded Henry MetalTragul ramped up their presence ever more during 2017. Only that this particular band took a much more interesting route. The newly formed outfit decided to forego the usual treadmill and to release every 1-2 months a new video, but no album. A kind of a drip feed to the hungry masses addicted to your soundbites, which – in itself – is an interesting concept.

In a few short months their style morphed from an electronically tainted and symphonically challenged Sirenia offshoot to Symphonic Metal with a pretty serious Power Metal bite. And there is more: Starting off in Paraguay of all places, Tragul basically is an international gig with a pretty impressive, multi-continental line-up.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Eluveitie – Everything Remains (As it Never Was) (2010) – Review


They did it! Bingo! The 2010 and 4th full length album 'Everything Remains (As it Never Was)' from the Swiss Pagan Folk band 'Eluveitie' clearly is an improvement over the already pretty good former production 'Slania' (Yes, folks, I know, there was Evocation I in between - in time I will review this one as well. Perhaps, LOL) .

It is much more melodious, but still enough aggressive Melodeath remaining in it to convince. And all that delivered in their own household style and brand.

Newsflash: AfterTime bemoan a lost world!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Aftertime - World We've Lost - Album CoverHa! Looks like 2017 got off to a juicier symphonic start than I expected. A few watery sunrays hit us already late last year with a couple of Symphonic Metal players turning in some pretty sturdy material. Even some of the ‘established’ bands, have seen the light and kicked it up a couple of notches. But of course not nearly enough to counter the same-same, but different legion that likes to dominate the genre. So, luckily we have some exceptions.

Now, these guys state their influences to be Nightwish, Within Temptation, Epica and Leaves’ Eyes – amongst others. And you know what? Well, yes – and yes, spot on. This is exactly what AfterTime present in their upcoming new EP World We’ve Lost. And hey, they did the name-calling all by themselves, not me this time.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!