Cradle of Filth – Nymphetamine (2004) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Cradle of Filth - Nymphetamine - Album CoverHmm, never say, never. Or is it more that exceptions confirm the rule? Usually I am not a big fan of these necrotic-psychopathic eruptions of total bullshit the Black Metal scene often produces. But there are a few good bands out there: Those with some fantasy, that come without the urge to bludgeon you to death with spiked fists and electric guitars, coupled with disgracefully bad music. Cradle of Filth is one of the more promising ones. And their 2004 album Nymphetamine is one of their better productions – especially compared to their album preceding this one.

Saying this I can already see the purists’ hate neurons grinding into motion, wanting to scream at me that this is not Black Metal anymore and we should ban this band to Hades (or rather drown them in the muddy waters of the river Styx, so they won’t come back..).Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Within Temptation – The Unforgiving (2011) – Review

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Within-Temptation-The-Unforgiving-2011OK, I get it! Nothing is ever easy and change is a constant, as there is no such thing as a steady state in physical music creation. And it needs some courage to do the change-over that these guys have done. Like in radical and absolute. Nothing much left of Metal and Gothic or Symphonic, whilst there are some attempts to get back on track.

The 2011 album The Unforgiving from Within Temptation is a totally new direction from what was before. Some of my co-reviewers compared the record to Nightwish, but there is no Nightwish ingenuity in there, folks. To me it sounds like a mix between Delain and Fleetwood Mac.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Within Temptation – The Heart of Everything (2007) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Within Temptation - The Heart of Everything - Album CoverThe Heart of Everything is the first Within Temptation record I ever listened to and it hooked me right away. The slightly subdued symphonic Gothic Metal sound and diversity of the tracks immediately got my full attention. Very dark, brooding sections changing with light and airy stuff coming right out of some sphere, you name it. Sometimes this sounds like some computer game soundtrack of sorts. Like in somewhat overdone, if you get my drift.

The Dutch band Within Temptation (I could not believe they were from the lowlands at that time..) created a worthy successor to
The Silent Force, which in itself is superb. I would however not necessarily call it better, but different enough to be very good as a standalone.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Delain – April Rain (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Delain - April Rain - Album CoverKind of closely following their late 2006 album Lucidity in style, April Rain Delain‘s 2009 Symphonic and Gothic Metal concoction – is nevertheless a step up in speed and overall juice. 

Nightwish remains a clear influence in this new record too. The style of which is clearly brought to the forefront by Marco Hietala‘s excellent contribution to this album. As in the track Control The Storm that really takes off with some typical raw power Marco usually brings to the party. The consequence – however – is that at times the production sounds a bit too much like Nightwish itself. To the point of causing Delain almost losing its identity at some point. Got hooked? Raid this some more...