Within Temptation – Resist (2019) – Review

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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 just not get enough of [...] Click to raid more!

Nemesea – Uprise (2016) – Review

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I 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? And after [...] Click to raid more!

Sirenia – The Seventh Life Path (2015) – Review

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You 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Kamelot – Haven (2015) – Review

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Kamelot! 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 … [...] Click to raid more!