Nirvana – Nevermind (1991) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nirvana - Nevermind - Album CoverSometimes it is tough to give the past a real hard and unforgiving look. Especially when it comes to emotionally laden and much hyped-about albums like Nevermind from the long defunct band Nirvana. And there are emotions galore in and surrounding this album. Not to forget the band in particular.

On top, one would think that pretty much all was already said, written or otherwise dispensed of in relation to this album. In books, films and in endless, sometimes contradicting articles on the news or on the never-forgetting internet. Or was it? So, it is somewhat of a challenging task to get a few critical words out into the open that others did not yet cover ad nauseam.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Skallbank publishes their Singles!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Skallbank - Skallbank: The Singles - Album CoverAlready the cheeky start of their video Falsarium with the Kumbaya chanting weirdos wins this band a mention on the RockmusicRaider log-book of cool music videos. Just when my internal what-the-fuck emergency switch wanted to kick into action, this screaming rock piece started in earnest. I had to laugh so hard, when the sorry acoustic guitar was ripped out of this guy’s hand and the sound kicked out of the ground like a fucking rocket into space. Good one! But more to that later.

The culprits – the Swedish rock band Skallbank – like it rough and heavy. They present us with a pretty wild ride of five metal-infused rock tracks called Skallbank: The Singles.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Perpetual Escape gets Into My Dreams!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Perpetual Escape - Into My Dreams - Album CoverUp for some punky Progressive Rock today? Perpetual Escape will give you some: Their newest album Into My Dreams serves you with a groove that for sure makes you forget your woes for a while, as you go on listening. What I liked is this refreshing roaming around styles, tastes and flavors giving every track a new twist. Poppy elements will stumble over parts decked out in Hard Rock. Others again lead you Progressively down some windy dirt road. All that delivered in English with a French accent to boot. The fact that they got two vocalists – male and female – is another positive. And for once nobody tries to impress me with growls, where there should be none and there is no notion of Beauty and the Beast.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...

Slap Betty – Nothing out of Nothing (2016) – Review

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Slap Betty Nothing out of NothingFancy some real crunchy rock to go with your burger and beer? Well, try some Slap Betty from the Baltic Sea city Kemi in Finland and their newest item Nothing out of Nothing. Complete with hot, runny-nose sauce and sticky fingers. Their smoky, raspy brand of punkish Hard Rock with a metallic hue will certainly wake you up alright. And help with digestion too, ’cause you are gonna do a little dancing and headbanging once you start listening.

Looks like, at least for the time getting the record done, Slap Betty were able to keep track of their guitarist and did not lose him somewhere in Russia.Got hooked? Raid this some more...