Reveries End – Edge of Dark Waters (2016) – Review

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Reveries End Edge of Dark Waters Album CoverHere is an interesting one! At first you might think Edge of Dark Waters of Reveries End is dime-a-dozen Gothic Rock with some Metal. All heard, done and gone out of fame something like 10 years ago. The kind that makes you want to paint your lips black and slap on some sickly pale color to your face. Right? 

There is some truth in that, but not so fast. ‘Tis a pretty good record that should be worthy of your time. Because you’re gonna find a helluva lot of pretty cool facets to this one single, round disc that at first looks rather uniform. And this is one of those records growing on you and morphing into something else after a few listens.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Sirenia – The Seventh Life Path (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sirenia - The Seventh Life Path - Album CoverYou know, I like Gothic Metal and Symphonic Metal. I really do. It is usually more melodious and varied than the more straightforward types of metal that are existing out there. And after a weekend of down’n’dirty metal crunch, some Symphonic band-aid to soothe my bleeding ears is a welcome change. But here I am listening to the Spanish/Norwegian Gothic Metal band of two+ Sirenia‘s latest studio album The Seventh Life Path. And already I am confused.

No doubt: The talent at work is impressive. Morten Veland founded the gig back in 2001, the multi-instrumentalist In-Chief. And Ailyn Giménez serving you with vocals since 2008.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

RockmusicRaider’s Intermittent Best of… Tome I – The first few Months!

cool-guitarWell, hells bells! This was quite a run from no website a few months ago to a blog that starts to pay off to some very, very limited fame. Still going strong, writing reviews left, right and center – investing what little time my already busy schedule leaves me.

The first review that started me off was ‘Hydra‘ from Within Temptation – frankly not the best these guys ever produced – a friggin’ attempt to get into mainstream. A pity if you think that they produced stellar stuff before, real pearls like ‘Enter‘ or ‘The Silent Force’, which still send shivers down my spine for some of them tracks in there.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Leaves’ Eyes – Njord (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Leaves' Eyes - Njord - Album CoverIrish Rain from the Norwegian/German band Leaves’ Eyes 2009 3rd full studio album Njord actually sounds pretty good. But only just – and it is a folk song to boot. A few pipes, a little foggy, fairy voice chirping along about the rain in Ireland and bang, you got a song. This actually fits well with the overall structure of the album – more to that later. Njord is – by the way –  the ancient god of seafarers. But also the terror of all seamen who face the ocean at their peril each day. At least that was the case back in time of the Vikings, when they were striking terror into Europe’s heart.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

SAVN – SAVN (2014) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - SAVN - Album CoverHere comes SAVN, who was lauded (by some, not all, mind you..) as the breath of fresh air into an already dead (or kind of dead) genre that too many bands tried to ride into oblivion. Well, hells bells, not quite – this would more be like beating a dead horse and then killing it in the end. And besides, the genre is far from dead anyway – lots of good stuff coming out of it still.

So, what is this Norwegian act Savn and for sure, what is their debut album Savn all about. Already there and judging by its name there are the masters of creativity at work to find a name for the album?
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