Arrayan Path – Dawn of Aquarius (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Arrayan Path - Dawn of Aquarius - Album CoverMany a metal wizard is already active in the Power Metal arena with many more trying to get a foothold in a very crowded genre. And this breeds uniformity, which – by definition – shuns progression and evolution to anything new. Methinks that the ‘typical’ sound and style now ingrained themselves into the minds of fans and pros alike. So much so that a certain expectancy arose with the fan community as to how Power Metal ought to sound. Known values are good for the soul, are they not?

So to avoid to swim up mainstream creek without a paddle, bands need to make an extra effort to be heard. To the point that some of them drive themselves to extremes to get there. Gloryhammer in space, anyone? Or they Unleash The Archers and play Mad Max in a desert. So in other words, many bands resort to exuberance and flamboyance to stand out from the mean crowd that continues to almost religiously stir the stale brand of pottage Power Metal has often become.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Marauder – Bullethead (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Marauder - Bullethead - Album CoverVocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, drums – zero keyboards – at least not much of it. 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. Mix a few parts of Black Sabbath, Dream Evil and Krokus into the fray and you about got the idea.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!