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. Other names come to mind too: Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pink Floyd, Steppenwolf, some Led Zeppelin from way back. In other words: The band served itself somewhat shamelessly from a number of influences and backgrounds. ‘Tis amply stated in their bio write-up as well. And this is actually a good thing, if done artfully.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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. And I am doubly amazed, ’cause its predecessor from 2013 The Raven That Refused to Sing left me strangely indifferent, even if technically extremely well done. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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. And this will cost Tiamat one or two stars off the rating. But what a move away from the 1992 production Clouds, which was on the Grunge/Death Metal kind of sorts. I never cease to be amazed. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!