Newsflash: An Age of Decadence through Silver Dust!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Silver Dust - The Age of Decadence - Album CoverSometimes you will find a record that has this knack to hook you, but you have no idea why. It is some sort of visceral pull that makes you come back for more. So happened with the somewhat unorthodox Swiss Rock band Silver Dust and their latest album. The band rose from the ashes in the year of the Lord 2013. And immediately released a first record, which spawned a single of some local acclaim. In 2016, their second album The Age of Decadence released through Escudero Records. This allowed them to get in front of some reputable venues, opening for acts like Amon Amarth, Nightwish or – Loki help me – the Finnish ogres LordiGot hooked? Raid this some more...

The Vicious Head Society – Abject Tomorrow (2017) – Review

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I already was a big fan of the complicated sound compilations of Progressive Rock and Metal way back in time, when music was only fun and games. Seriously. And I am not only thinking of the early ones in the ’70s, but also of what happened later in the ’80s, when AC/DC and the NWoBHM rocked, yet the progressive folks kind of dwelled at the edge of this particular swamp of their own making.

Just transport yourself way back to bands like Styx, the early Kansas, the corny old offerings of Yes or the flute invested utterings of early Jethro Tull. And we still find this sound today with modern bands: The squeaky keyboard offerings, gallivanting melodies leading nowhere and anywhere.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Haken – Affinity (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Haken - Affinity - Album CoverOne of the most popular kids on the metal block these days is Progressive Metal. The style in its rocky incarnation has been around for a while, of course. Just think about old rock bands like Jethro Tull, Kansas or Uriah Heep who got famous by not adjusting to the norm. Just to name a very few.

Over the last years some sort of renaissance saw the light of day in the prog genre. Not all is good and groovy, though. Frankly, you need to beware of many bands that adorn themselves with the accoutrements of Progressive Rock and Metal. Hit a few djents, deliver some odd drum work and yell weirdly about the soundscape.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Frozen Sand – Fractals: A Shadow out of Lights (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Frozen Sand - Fractals: A Shadow out of Lights - Album CoverFractals. An interesting subject. Something that can be divided into ever smaller shapes of the same. And fractals in a Progressive Rock piece are still more interesting. Does this mean we can sub-divide the music into same pieces as well? Probably not. But this is the title that Frozen Sand saddles us with in their newest full length Fractals: A Shadow out of Lights. The title and album are actually part of a storyline the band is developing called Fractals of Frozen Lifetimes. So, [author rolls eyes] here we go again with yet another theme laden record. Now, truth be told, many theme-based records do indeed deliver quality tunes to follow it up.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: OmnisighT unleash The Power of One!

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There are those who will bitch and moan that OmnisighT‘s latest EP is a terrible, glaring and disjointed mess. Whereas others will insist that we got ourselves a masterpiece of outstanding Progressive Rock and Metal. So, in other words, we are up against two extremes. And which one of those will this record turn out to be?

The Canadian metallers OmnisighT and their sophomore EP The Power of One do indeed solicit emotions. Complex, confusing, scratchy and straight in your face; these would be the attributes to distribute for this disc. That the record is loud, even extremely loud goes without saying.

OmnisighT feature a mixed prog platter of Soundgarden‘s freshness, the psychedelics of Dream Theater and a smattering of Leprous-ish djents.Got hooked? Raid this some more...