Gehenna or Paradise? Illumenium’s pathway to fame.

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From time to time, the RMR crew stumbled across tall tales told about the Estonian band Illumenium. An outfit chiefly famous for hawking their wares aggressively on windy street corners and in malls all around Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. But less so for outstanding musicianship and top-notch performance.

Their sales strategy admittedly stems from a desire to beat that vile capitalist commercialization through big corporations. And, as the lore goes, they’ll continue with their business strategy, regardless of legality and from the underground if necessary. It’s all about that time-worn stereotype that promoters, managers, producers, and their minions are … [...] Click to raid more!

Steven Wilson – The Future Bites (2021) – Review

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I am feeling like a ghost these days. It is as if I’d absolutely need to go haunting something, find closure of an unknown cause. And it will not let me move on until I had my fill. Now, don’t worry, good ol’ RMR did not suddenly turn into a zombie looking for brains.

But I need to get one thing off my chest.1) And this is Steven Wilson‘s newest pop addiction piece The Future Bites.

To tell you the truth, I kinda wondered how long this resistance to supply a review would last in the … [...] Click to raid more!

Steven Wilson, The Future Bites – and the loss of prog in metal!

Last updated on 26 February 2021

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At the beginning of 2020, the outlook was dire. The progosphere started to lack any snazzy voice or a powerful ‘dear leader’ to pull the Progressive Metal genre down the road. Leprous just jumped off a cliff to sugary-sweet Lalaland with some confused wailing all their own. And Steven Wilson – well – after a testy go-between prog rock thing a few years back, he was about to defect to the anodyne world synthpop occupies – and occupied for many years.

It was thus great that by the end of last year and the … [...] Click to raid more!

Train – A Girl A Bottle A Boat (2017) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Train - A Girl A Bottle A Boat - Album Cover Portents, portents. They usually are legion when things start to go South seriously and are very visible to those willing to see. It is no different with Train, the formerly snarkily cheeky Californians, now seriously on their quest for cool, giddy happiness in all its sugary forms.

Their very own portents already came home to roost in their 2014 edition Bulletproof Picasso. Now that album got them some important flak – and deservedly so. Ironically, it actually blatantly missed the cool-boat and ended up on some whitewashed beach in nowhere land.

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