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 new records that got my hopes up again. It is also fair to say that the many copy-cat soundalikes that pour in from the East are not necessarily helping to revive the genre neither.

So, it is a good thing that one comes across bands willing to be the flamebearers and step beyond the trivia trying to flood us. We are speaking about Mercy Isle and their 2016 début album Undying Fire. You could easily dismiss them as just another one of THEM. But only at first sight. Because once you start to listen to this pretty varied metal pizza, you just might start to think otherwise.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Trillium – Alloy (2011) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Trillium - Alloy - Album CoverI have been a fan of Amanda Somerville ever since she appeared on my radar. Mainly perceived as a background singer at first. This when starting to review Epica‘s tribulations in The Phantom Agony. Then her other talents and projects came to light. Such as the Kiske/Somerville records that have brought her some considerable fame. And here she is with her own production and début album Alloy‘of her gig ‘Trillium‘.

So, excitement reigned and I could not wait to listen to this new record. Looking at the excellent album art and some samples found on YouTube – expectations running high. But – hells bells – whilst attempting to place itself in the Gothic Metal arena (without growls, much to my relief..), Alloy really bends towards a rocky version of the Pop Metal universe (I am leaning far out the window here..). And some rehashed versions of other styles that we all heard before, trying to get in with the likes of Evanescence and such.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!