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

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RockmusicRaider Review - Everything Remains (as it never was) - Album CoverThe 2010 and 4th full length album Everything Remains (As it Never Was) from the Swiss Pagan Metal band Eluveitie clearly is an improvement over the already pretty good former production Slania. And yep, I know, there was Evocation I in between. But hey, time will tell if I will review that one as well. In time.

This new record is much more melodious, but still fosters enough aggressive Melodeath underlaying its core to convince. And they deliver their tune in an improved, but still decidedly own household style and brand. On this record we can actually hear the hurdy-gurdy (hello and welcome, Anna), fiddles and the flutes.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Sirenia – Dim Days of Dolor (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sirenia - Dim Days of Dolor - Album CoverTo look at Sirenia these days is like reliving the events around Leaves’ Eyes all over again. If you remember: Out rocketed Liv Kristine earlier this year and in came the Goth Chick from the East. And it was lightning fast with – apparently – no prior notice to the victim in this play of villains. In the context of Sirenia, it is Aylin Gimenez getting the boot in a tearing hurry. Aylin actually stayed longest with the band as female fronts go. In the past all leads left after an album or so, stating a variety of reasons. Kind of sounds like the infamous divorce excuse in the US called irreconcilable differences.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Diabulus in Musica – Dirge for the Archons (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Diabulus in Musica - Dirge for the Archons - Album CoverOften in the #metal universe a new album is somewhat of a Pandora’s Box. Or the bottle with the genie that once released won’t fit back into it. Now, I had somewhat of an issue with Argia last time we looked at Diabulus in Musica. And the juicy comments from some punks from the Ministry of Love to get lost over it were interesting too.

The dreary black career cliff a band must navigate around usually looms at the sophomore effort. With Diabulus in Musica it was the junior record that got them to this sorry chunk of rock. I was thus a bit wary of what I would find in DiMs latest and best.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Epica – The Holographic Principle (2016) – Review

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Epica are known for their penchant towards super-epic, somewhat overstuffed and choir-heavy productions. Starting as a Symphonic and Gothic Metal outfit with the astonishing The Phantom Agony, the band slowly evolved towards an orchestral laden, bombastic style that left many of their earlier fans confused in their wake. Over the last years we have seen many of the major players in this genre move into a similar – if not the same – direction. Which means that what should be innovation turns out to be the new mainstream of sorts. It is a little like this drive to political correctness, where nobody likes to step outside the boundaries of the comfort zone.Got hooked? Raid this some more...