Ghost Avenue – Impact (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ghost Avenue - Impact - Album CoverThis sounds like homecoming, folks. Good, soothing old Heavy Metal with no holds barred. The metal equivalent of motherhood, apple pie and the flag. Listening to this sound gives you this warm, cozy feeling of past good times, doesn’t it? Well, maybe not, if you are not old enough to remember.

This latest offering of Ghost Avenue harkens back to the times, when the ’80s were deliriously high on NWoBHM and all its bands. Many of them are still around, alive and kickin’ to this day. Well, then again not quite that many anymore, as we just saw a few important departures in 2016. 

This specific horde of Norwegian metallers made us wait almost four long years to finally inject their third full length album Impact onto an already saturated marketplace.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Marauder – Bullethead (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Marauder - Bullethead - Album CoverVocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, drums – zero keyboards. Hmm! This would usually be the recipe of which Heavy Metal is made of? And truly so, the Greek band Marauder graces us with their 6th full length studio album Bullethead carved out of a block of solid, steely #metal.

Their brand of Heavy and Power Metal really cuts it down to bare bones only – most of the time. Riffs, licks and solos evoking memories of Iron Maiden without the screams of Bruce Dickinson, delivered in a somewhat scratchy, gruff way to boot by the new front man Nikos (Mygas) Antonogiannakis, taking over from Alexandros Kostarakos.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Arrayan Path – IV: Stigmata (2013) – Review

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HRockmusicRaider Review - IV: Stigmata - Album Coverere is one of the older records that I wanted to do for a while. RockmusisRaider seems to be on the Power Metal train these days. This time with island-infused #metal tea. It always amazes me that Cyprus seems to have this ability to churn out metal bands that keep on getting on my radar. Arrayan Path is one of them and with their 2013 and 4th full-length record IV: Stigmata they have created another #metal laden delight that should for sure retain your attention. 

I just did a review on Unleash The Archers, which pissed me off to no end. Reason being that these guys endlessly rehash the same already badly executed concept.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash – Stoners Gypsy Chief Goliath plan new release in 2016!

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AGypsy Chief Goliath Citizens of Nowhere Album Coverh, I am back in the ’70s or something! Canadian stoner metallers Gypsy Chief Goliath are planning to unleash their third album Citizen of Nowhere later in 2016, signed to Pitch Black Records. And true to their style, they mix Hard Rock and Heavy Metal with bluesy and psychedelic influences into a very alluring amalgam. To the point that I want to break out Easy Rider, but wait – the music on that one don’t really fit neither. So, nope.

Now to produce this sound, the band went analogue on a reel-to-reel tape at Sharktank Studios in Windsor, Ontario. You know, these ancient turning wheels with a tape running in between that youngsters of today seem to think come from the Middle Ages or some other dimension.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Arrayan Path – Chronicles of Light (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Arrayan Path - Chronicles of Light - Album CoverArrayan Path have this uncanny knack to connect to you immediately and get you to continue listening to their tune. I am not exactly sure what causes this, but Chronicles of Light is certainly pretty powerful stuff, sprinkled with a lot of passion and authenticity. It is this extra kick that gets the reviewers attention for a record, even if the pipeline is desperately overflowing. Now, they just did exactly that to me with their 5th and newest album Chronicles of Light.

And it is this strange potion of Southern Mediterranean island-flavored metal that did the trick. And the fact that the heavy influence of the excellent IV: Stigmata, their 2013 album, still persistently lingers at the back of my mind.Got hooked? Raid this some more...