Face The Day – Stuck in the Present (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Face the Day - Stuck in the Present - Album CoverThe RockmusicRaider deck crew sometimes likes to support little known bands. Often so far under ground that they are hardly visible. And some of them want to be known, whereas many others don’t. On many occasions, the latter dwell in the more obscure realms of the metal multiverse. The ones with a purist streak that goes way beyond mere idealism.

And, I daresay, this practice is not the most intelligent way for a blog to get a gazillion of hits and a ton of them YouTube likes that will make you stinking rich. But we do have a [...] Click to raid more!

Uriah Heep – Firefly (1977) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Uriah Heep - Firefly - Album Cover

Towards the end of the ’70s, Uriah Heep lost their compass somewhat after their fulminant successes during the earlier years. Demons and Wizards, The Magician’s Birthday or again Salisbury, all of them great records, were already behind them.

In between the band produced a bunch of somewhat unfocused and seemingly hastily assembled records that frankly pulled the overall quality of the offering down. And this tendency accelerated as the first decade of their career slowly came to an end.

Uriah Heep also had that knack to produce one or two hits in those aforementioned otherwise unremarkable [...] Click to raid more!

Haken – Vector (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Haken - Vector - Album CoverA variety of currents and undercurrents exist in the Progressive Metal universe. You get the thoughtful ones, those hauling emotion around like a shitload of bricks. The Reticent comes to mind. You have the experimental dudes like Wilderun, walking down them steps, towards alternative and avantgarde laden pastures.

And then you get the djent division.

Those who think that good prog inevitably must be stuffed with a goodly measure of djentability. Leprous or Vvon Dogma I are somewhat of an extremist example of those. And you’ll find many others of the same ilk, and their ardent supporters. [...] Click to raid more!