The Riven – The Riven (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - The Riven - The Riven - Album CoverThis groovy grind was already visible when The Riven released their 2017 blurb Blackbird. This good ‘ol whiskey fueled rock, filled with stoner-esque pleasures to the brim. The good old times of sensual rock suddenly beckoning you all over again.

You do find them still, them bands with a style that kinda went out of fashion many years ago. But not so often anymore. Dirty Sound Magnet in their old incarnation was one. Or again Last Bullet or Hey Satan with their grouchy, stony beat.

But a band sounding like a mix of the gravelly voice of vocalists like [...] Click to raid more!

Halestorm – Into the Wild Life (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Halestorm - Into The Wild - Album CoverThis one took me some time to digest, I admit. Sniveling rage gone and replaced by what? Lzzy Hale growing old, going pop and full blues rock on me? For sure this isn’t what we expected from Halestorm for their newest, lengthily announced 2015 magic potion Into the Wild Life.

Methinks Halestorm tries to jump on to the mainstream train this time. Which would of course be much more alluring money-wise than anything else that the band could generate screaming about outside, off the beaten track. But then, they do this mainstream thing [...] Click to raid more!

Ana and the Black Mamba – All is Wrong (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ana and the Black Mamba - All is Wrong - Album CoverWhere is Ana? That was the quest the RMR deck crew and its captain embarked on when starting with All is Wrong of Ana and the Black Mamba. Because, for the life of us, the expected Amy Winehouse lookalike did not happen. ‘Tis a guy singing, right? And there’s no chick anywhere in prominent position. For sure not in front of any microphone. 

Well, in desperation we inquired with the band. And – lo and behold – Ana does not exist. Instead, the word means ‘I’ in Arabic. There you go: Contrite RockmusicRaider got himself a foreign [...] Click to raid more!