Evanescence – The Open Door (2006) – Review

Last updated on 9 April 2021

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In the beginning, I had my doubts about The Open Door. Ben Moody just left Evanescence in a tearing hurry in October 2003. And that in the midst of the Fallen live tour to boot.

He had his reasons1), I am sure. But this certainly wasn’t the right time nor the nicest thing to do. To add insult to injury, other band members left as well after that.

Amy Lee thus became the undisputed leader of this band. And indeed, Evanescence very much morphed into her own brand after … [...] Click to raid more!

Battle Beast – No More Hollywood Endings (2019) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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By the Holy Metal Cow and Loki’s Grail. We already went through the latest terror attack of Within Temptation. Didn’t we?

We did.

Earlier this year. And it was not all that pleasant if I recall correctly. Methinks that lately, all those Power and Symphonic Metal folks seem to be in step with each other. Pending a few changes in line-up and make-up, you will get the same, same but different primeval soup of preexistent sound bytes. As if some massive sampling is going on somewhere and unbeknownst to … [...] Click to raid more!

Within Temptation – Resist (2019) – Review

Last updated on 31 December 2020

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We write the Year of the Lord 2014. RockmusicRaider concocts her first-ever review. And – much to our misfortune – it is a negative one to start this blog series with. Within Temptation is the name and Hydra is the game. 

Since that time I dreaded the moment that this band would release a new one of their once famously crusty records. Just remember masterpieces like Enter, Mother Earth or The Silent Force. Those positively sparkled with creativity and a sense of adventure. Always different and so succulently refreshing that you could [...] Click to raid more!

Nemesea – Uprise (2016) – Review

Last updated on 7 March 2021

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nemesea - Uprise - Album CoverI did not quite know what to expect. Nemesea‘s last production The Quiet Resistance did – well – not exactly exert the metal-infused pull one would have expected. At least not on all fronts – some tracks were right there, some sort of very dark Pop Metal infected with Gothic elements. 

Then judging by their about-face they made with In Control away from their Gothic Metal laden style displayed in Mana, it does not bode well for future records (and boy did I love Mana…). Now The Quiet Resistance held loads [...] Click to raid more!