Mercy Isle – Undying Fire (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Mercy Isle - Undying Fire - Album CoverThe Gothic and Symphonic Metal universe out there did not necessarily thrill me in 2016 (or even before, for that matter). After the general salivating on these genres stopped, many of them bands have not quite gone where no man went before and developed their tune further.

Instead most like to take the lighted safe road and just produce the same thing in a different robe all over again. Now, some have seen the light (no pun intended) and started to put refreshing energy back into what never was. For instance, Diabulus in Musica and Epica both issued pretty sturdy [...] Click to raid more!

Trillium – Alloy (2011) – Review

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I have been a fan of Amanda Somerville ever since she appeared on my radar. Mainly as a background vocalist at first, starting with Epica’s The Phantom Agony. Then her other talents and projects came to light and prominence. Such as the Kiske/Somerville records that have brought her some considerable fame. And here she is again, with her own production and debut album Alloy of her gig Trillium.

So, excitement reigned and I could not wait to listen to this new record. Just Looking at the excellent album art and some samples found on YouTube got my expectations running high.

But [...] Click to raid more!