Gorilla Pulp – Peyote Queen (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Gorilla Pulp - Peyote Queen - Album CoverAh, groovy! The first track Die of Thirst just started to blast out of my headphones, taking me on a journey. Where is my snazzy headband and embroidered, henna-colored sleeveless jacket before I continue? This harkens back, way back in time to the druggy, psychedelic times Hard Rock was born out of blues and stuff.

Gorilla Pulp really adopt this pre-metal style in Peyote Queen, sponsored by Retro Vox Records. A style in fashion back in the ’70’s up to early ’80’s and delivered with an enthusiasm that is frankly refreshing. When listening to them I am constantly reminded of Black Sabbath and their very first contribution to the music world.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase. (2015) – Review

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Rockmusicraider Review - Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase. - Album Cover2015 is over and now I continue to unearth all these hidden gems that somehow went missing last year. And I am unhappy to say that I really missed that one. Hand. Cannot. Erase. from Progressive Rock adept Steven Wilson is a very special piece of work. It comes – at least in parts – across kind of similar in the djent heavy style of the latest Leprous record The Congregation, grungily mixing some Strawbs-ish elements into its tune. In fact you will find a lot of early progressive hooks on this disc. All the more endearing, as they don’t make ’em quite like this anymore these days.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Tiamat – Wildhoney (1994) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Tiamat Wildhoney - Album CoverIs it good or bad to be reminded right away of another band, when starting on a review of one? Wildhoney of the Swedish gig Tiamat does exactly that to you. And the album resembles in style to what we get to hear from bands like Moonspell and of Pink Floyd. Yes, the one and only; no fucking kidding.

But even if this is so, it means that Tiamat display vision, creativity and courage to go to places where no others were before, taking inspiration from other work (in this case Pink Floyd). Unfortunately there is a lot of LSD induced shit they put onto this very greenwashed dish of vinyl.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Dirty Sound Magnet – The Bloop (2014) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Dirty Sound Magnet - The Bloop - Album CoverGotta love them! ‘The Bloop’ sounds like stuff we already heard really and felt somewhere, but when? Ah, back in the ’70s – evidently. In yonder times when laid back and cool Rock was in fashion. Southern Bluesy Tunes that really relax you – good for the soul after all that complicated Metal stuff that I recently listened to.

Like getting yourself a bucket of shrimp down at the beach near New Orleans. And then chillin’ out some later with a cold beer in a beach chair getting your jelly-belly burned. Or just hanging out after a tough day at work. Bubba Gump anyone?

Flavors of Jimy Hendrix here, some essence of Led Zeppelin there, sprinkled with some Pink Floyd.
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Faun – Luna (2014) – Rezension

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RockmusicRaider Review - Faun - Luna - Album CoverWas bin ich froh! Da hatte ich doch schon befürchtet, dass Faun plötzlich wieder von ihrem neugefundenen guten Weg abkommen, aber zum Glück ist da nichts passiert. Das wäre äusserst schade gewesen, hätten sie jetzt wieder mit ihrem früheren Geheul angefangen. Universal sei Dank! So hat diese neue Kreation Luna von Faun durchaus guten Unterhaltungswert für das Pagan Folk Genre.

Die Produktion ist natürlich ein Spagat zwischen zwei Stilen. Oliver S. Tyr hatte versprochen alle Lieder wieder selber zu komponieren und die alten Einflüsse wieder spielen zu lassen, was mich zuerst mit einem ganz schlechten Gefühl erfüllte. Grund ist, weil dies sehr schwierig ist und einige der Kreationen hier sind in der Tat hart an der Grenze des Akzeptablen.Got hooked? Raid this some more...