Leprous – Malina (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Leprous - Malina - Album Cover2017 will be a good year for Progressive and Alternative Rock and Metal. And I have a feeling that some of them players will end up on the 2017 Top 10 Records list. Increased sophistication seems to be the game these days too. Away from heavy-handed djent-ism to more refined shores. So much so that some bands lose their metal chops and reinvent themselves in pop and some tastier versions of rock. The last example is the late To The Bone from Steven Wilson. And no, it did not go pop, but sports some sort of Progressive Rock of the poppy kind. Not bad at all.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

UFO – Lights Out (1977) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - UFO - Lights Out - Album CoverI admit, the British rock band UFO is one of my long time favorites. They have created great, great Hard Rock over time and helped pave the way into what is today called #metal. 

One of the best periods in the distinguished career of UFO are indisputably – what is commonly called – the Schenker years. Back in the ’70s, a super-gifted young lad, almost too young to be that good a guitarist joined this band led by Phil Mogg in search of a riff maker. Who better to choose than German-born Michael Schenker, a founding member of the Scorpions.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Fifteen Minutes of Pain with Nightmen!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Nightmen - Fifteen Minutes of Pain - Album CoverHa! Somebody just stepped out of their garage and started rocking away! In a 70’s to 80’s style Punk Rock, Pop Rock and plain rock’n’roll that will just take you on a ride. And no, they are not based in the US of A. We talk about the Swedish band Nightmen and their second blurb Fifteen Minutes of Pain, just released this April 2016 through Lövely Records.

And true to one of their stated main influences, the Ramones are very (and I mean very) discernible in the 28 minutes of tune, covering a whopping 12 tracks. A lot of variety is crammed into this very short period of time, something other bands would need more than one hour to achieve.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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...

Guilt Machine – On This Perfect Day (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Guilt Machine Perfect Day - Album CoverThe album On This Perfect Day from Arjen Lucassen‘s Progressive Metal project Guilt Machine feels vaguely familiar to tunes heard in the past that are stored in my vast music collection in my brain. But similarity is actually more in concept, than in tune. Why? Because this here Long Island Ice Tea is much more complex than just simple tunes strung together. And it has the hallmarks of some modern Pink Floyd style production or something in this direction. Or at least this resembles what we got served back in time when they were all high on stuff. Psychedelic progressive rock at its best.

In all honesty, I was about to throw this out the window when first listening to On This Perfect Day.Got hooked? Raid this some more...