Nirvana – Bleach (1989) – Review

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In a way, this is the review I never wanted to do. Bleach, Nirvana‘s starter kit, has no great allure and was never able to really convince me. Too bare bone in structure1), totally scratchy and with a somewhat unfinished varnish.

You see, Nirvana and me, we go way back and this anti-fanboy opinion of that first record is well-founded in all sorts of empirics. Or in other words, this has not always been a relationship of love and understanding. We can of course also find excuses why this album should exist … [...] Click to raid more!

Black Passage – The Veil (2019) – Review

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Never, ever cease to look for those mutineers. For those bands that step outside the proverbial boundaries that somehow appeared. Invisible borders, not necessarily decreed by law, but more often by elitist popularism.

Driven by few to imprint their beliefs onto the masses that oftentimes gladly submit to the yoke of unified thought control and overcooked political correctness. A very Orwellian world, but one that we do see emerging more and more these days.

In music, ‘specialists’ will categorize everything that sounds into genres. And it seems that more is better and less truly sucks. Funny … [...] Click to raid more!

Hey Satan – Orange Moon (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Hey Satan - Orange Moon - Album Cover It is good that not all bands and artists fall off the deep end and indulge themselves in pseudo hip-hop, and / or some sort of bastardized Latino tunes. You know, those cookie-cutter tracks that overwhelmingly populate the hit and chart lists of radio stations.

And I admit, after much metal a dram of Salsa with pretty hot rhythms will do you good. As long as it is genuine. If not, this quickly veers into overkill. Often these fake tunes are so simplistic that it actually hurts to even stay with them longer than a few seconds.

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Newsflash: All Else Fails claim The False Sanctuary!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - All Else Fails - The False Sanctuary - Album Cover Okay, it is Punk Rock, but a hefty dose of it. No, actually this disk is so Progressive Metal, Frozen Sand just got themselves a partner in crime. Hell no all over again, ’tis Metalcore, like from Finland of all places.

But I must beg to differ again. The False Sanctuary from the Canadian band All Else Fails is all of the above. I have rarely heard a band that managed to marry all these styles together in quite such a comprehensive and alluring fashion. Not to forget that – usually – the RockmusicRaider deck crew does not [...] Click to raid more!