Nemesea – Uprise (2016) – Review

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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 of dark promise. But what about their newest and 4th full length album Uprise?Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Awake The Sun releases The Barren Sleep!

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RockmusicRaider Review - Awake The Sun - The Barren Sleep - Album CoverAlready digitally released back in 2015, the Progressive Doom Metal Band Awake The Sun will launch physical audio in Europe of their debut album The Barren Sleep in February 2016 through Sliptrick Records.

The album has been recorded at Xanctum LAB Studios in Padua and mastered by Giuseppe Orlando & Alfonso Corace at THE OUTER SOUND STUDIOS in Rome.  

Awake The Sun hail from Venice, Italy delivering an eclectic mix of Progressive and Doom Metal, shrouded in an atmospheric, gloomy, somewhat keyboard and synthesized heavy #metal cloak. The project saw the light of day through the founders of the Italian avant-garde metal band ENSOPH (active 13 years/4 albums) and members from Alkemic Generator, Cube and Howl of MinervaGot hooked? Raid this some more...

Sirenia – The Seventh Life Path (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sirenia - The Seventh Life Path - Album CoverYou know, I like Gothic Metal and Symphonic Metal. I really do. It is usually more melodious and varied than the more straightforward types of metal that are existing out there. And after a weekend of down’n’dirty metal crunch, some Symphonic band-aid to soothe my bleeding ears is a welcome change. But here I am listening to the Spanish/Norwegian Gothic Metal band of two+ Sirenia‘s latest studio album The Seventh Life Path. And already I am confused.

No doubt: The talent at work is impressive. Morten Veland founded the gig back in 2001, the multi-instrumentalist In-Chief. And Ailyn Giménez serving you with vocals since 2008.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Kamelot – Haven (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Kamelot - Haven - Album CoverKamelot! The name sends you echoes of mystical events way back in time. To King Arthus’ court of the round table of valiant knights. An epic era much shrouded in fabulously famous legends of all kinds. And here we are expecting something stellar around these lines – metal at its best.

And I am getting something that somehow sounds like it, but it just does not quite feel right. Epica made the same mistake lately with their 2014 disc The Quantum Enigma – the overdone turkey one, with too much gravy. Too much over-compressed bombast, too many instruments to play with. Overproduced to hell – you name it. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Nemesea – In Control (2007) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Nemesea In Control - Album CoverI hear Amaranthe calling! Most definitely. Well, so WRONG! Yonder band did not exist yet when the 2nd studio album In Control from Nemesea came to see the light of day. And they went straight over the edge of the flat and rocky Gothic Metal World, finding themselves in a DJane ready club world universe, where painted goblins reside.

What a change of direction going Pop Metal on me (evil tongues would say electro-pop … but I am not evil; well only sometimes). Or should we say Synthie Pop? Nope, the Metal aspect is clearly there still, whereas a bit hidden in the cupboard somewhere.Got hooked? Raid this some more...