Kaledon – Carnagus: Emperor of the Darkness (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Kaledon - Carnagus: Emperor of the Darkness - Album CoverSometimes you get this sense of déjà-vu. Like that prickly feeling down your spine, when you sense something unknown. And it started straight from the beginning of Kaledon‘s newest album Carnagus: Emperor of the Darkness. ‘Tis the flavor of Overtures, a known entity belting away at a Power Metal event. And – lo and behold – it is indeed Michele Guaitoli, who got hired to advance the glory of Kaledon‘s 9th full length album.

The band started to spin their tale many years ago already. In the Year of the Lord 1997 to be precise. A medieval-fantastic story, enacted in a series of albums over time. So, they issued a bunch of story-based records. And as always, those tend to put a tent around the proverbial circus and lend a hand to structure and sanity. But sanity in Power Metal? Sounds like a contradiction of terms.

Oh, and I can already hear the purists: Decrying the cheese-laden and somewhat overstuffed song structures in Carnagus: Emperor of the Darkness. But you know what? They do have a (tiny, little) point. Even if the cheese level is rather low. Kaledon almost went the sorry Amaranthe route, ending up in the dangerous waters of pompous pop metal. To add insult to injury, the high compression levels on most of the tracks surely do not help matters much. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

10 Most Popular Posts @ RockmusicRaider – Edition I

RockmusicRaider - Most Popular PostsHowdy fans and friends! It is time again to take stock of sounds discovered and bands unearthed. But for the first time from an angle of the posts themselves and how they rated with you, the readers. The RockmusicRaider officescape would of course like to think that the likes and shares are a result of masterful penmanship. But, hey, dream on. The written word is one of the vectors to get to the most popular posts, of course. But it is the musicians in the bands covered that really delivered their music with their hearts’ blood and essence of their mutual souls. And this is what we react to and the fans ultimately chose to like – or not. 

So, with this in mind, here is the first edition of the 10 most popular posts on RockmusicRaider to date:

#10 – Denigrate – Hollowpoint (2015)

The rockers from Finland returned strongly from their hiatus and immediately put the pedal to the metal. Literally. And they quite rightly found a space on the RMR 2015 Top Ten for their record. As we say, the quality of the pudding is in the eating, as the likes and shares prove. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Frozen Sand – Fractals: A Shadow out of Lights (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Frozen Sand - Fractals: A Shadow out of Lights - Album CoverFractals. An interesting subject. Something that can be divided into ever smaller shapes of the same. And fractals in a Progressive Rock piece are still more interesting. Does this mean we can sub-divide the music into same pieces as well? Probably not. But this is the title that Frozen Sand saddles us with in their newest full length Fractals: A Shadow out of Lights. The title and album are actually part of a storyline the band is developing called Fractals of Frozen Lifetimes. So, [author rolls eyes] here we go again with yet another theme laden record. Now, truth be told, many theme-based records do indeed deliver quality tunes to follow it up. So, the question is:

How will Fractals fare over all?

I admit: In the beginning I was not convinced about this offering of the Italian band Frozen Sand. Somehow the stubbornly lengthy acoustic intro does not connect to the rest of the piece and vice versa. So, I entered the fray with mixed feelings and a foregone conclusion of what I will (might) find.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!