Amaranthe – The Nexus (2013) – Review

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Wow! We found ourselves some nexus here. Right? The Rasmus on steroids with a taste of Britney Spears! And this featuring a female front and two more male singers – one clear voice, the other growls.

It is kind of a vocalist overkill of sorts. And all that voodoo is delivered without the feathers that you would have gotten from Lauri and his gang! One could describe it as total Pop and Disco Metal, fully out of control, but with a few solos made by Olof Mörck. Those got my attention straight away by the way – not bad [...] Click to raid more!

Leaves’ Eyes – Njord (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Leaves' Eyes - Njord - Album CoverIrish Rain from the Norwegian/German band Leaves’ Eyes 2009 3rd full studio album Njord actually sounds pretty good. But only just – and it is a folk song to boot. A few pipes, a little foggy, fairy voice chirping along about the rain in Ireland and bang, you got a song. This actually fits well with the overall structure of the album, but more to that later.

Njord is – by the way –  the ancient god of seafarers. But also the terror of all seamen who face the ocean at their peril each day. At least that was the [...] Click to raid more!

Amaranthe – Massive Addictive (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Amaranthe - Massive Addictive - Album Cover I heard somewhere that not knowing the Swedish/Danish Viking band Amaranthe is not knowing Metal.

Come again?

Well, here I am listening to their last, newest and best 2014 concoction Massive Addictive. And I just ask myself – WHAT ON EARTH IS THAT?

For sure, the tunes are catchy, fast, kind of Power Metal and well produced (even too well produced). But – gosh – it just sounds to me like so much George Michael on steroids teamed up with some pop queen.

Then they must have met some hairy guys, and started to distort guitars, adding some sort [...] Click to raid more!

Evanescence – The Open Door (2006) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Evanescence - The Open Door - Album CoverLithium, I am longing for lithium! Only this eases my own and very private pain. This is how the 2nd studio album The Open Door of Evanescence comes across at first.  

In the beginning I had my doubts about The Open Door. Ben Moody just left in a hurry in October 2003 in the midst of the Fallen live tour. After all he played a key role in the creation of the last album.

Also, other band members left as well after that. Amy Lee thus became the undisputed leader of this band. And indeed: Evanescence very much became her [...] Click to raid more!