Empty Trail – Bare (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Empty Trail - Bare - Albume CoverThe RMR crew very rarely issue a full review for an EP. There are exceptions of course, but those are few and far between. A feat that the US-based multi-instrumentalist Rick Lambert of Empty Trail pulled off with his earlier 2014 record Hollow Hearted. And deservedly so, rugged quality and all. This of course kept us interested in more rocky delights from this specific neck of the woods. And – lo and behold – here we are with new material ready to be reviewed.

Now, all things evolve and so does Empty Trail. It is only in 2016 that the band released the début full length album BareGot 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...

Nemesea – Uprise (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nemesea - Uprise - Album CoverI did not quite know what to expect. Nemesea‘s last production The Quiet Resistance did – well – not exactly exert the metal-infused pull one would have expected. At least not on all fronts – some tracks were right there, some sort of very dark Pop Metal infected with Gothic elements. Then judging by their about-face they made with In Control away from their Gothic Metal laden style displayed in Mana, it does not bode well for future records (and boy did I love Mana…). Now The Quiet Resistance held loads of dark promise. But what about their newest and 4th full length album Uprise?Got hooked? Raid this some more...