Eldritch – EOS (2021) – Review

Listen on Apple Music   RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo

RockmusicRaider - Eldritch - EOS - Album Cover

Did you ever buy something without really looking at what’s in the box? Or else, you thought you knew what you got, but the holy unwrapping ceremony brought something slightly different to light?

Such a thing quite often is the reviewer’s fate. Relatively little time is attributed to scouting, there is so much material. And whilst first impressions are often uncannily correct, there are cases where a record reveals its true face later. Sometimes to the point that a promo will finally not get a review.

Eldritch‘s 12th full-length album EOS is one of these special … [...] Click to raid more!

Apostolica – Haeretica Ecclesia (2021) – Review

Listen on Apple Music   RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo

RockmusicRaider - Apostolica - Haeretica Ecclesia - Album Cover

By the ugly mug of the Lightbringer, we got ourselves yet another Ghost in waiting. Apostolica is a new band, out to rearrange the Power Metal landscape. But a cloudy mystique surrounds the members’ identities, as it’s their devout wish to stay incognito. Yet the label assured us that we will find – and I quote – “…some of the finest musicians of the international heavy metal scene.” Alright, then. We always like a band with a swagger.

However, the age-old marketing plot of ‘the man in the iron mask’ is indeed a tad time-worn. The … [...] Click to raid more!

Vandor – On A Moonlit Night (2021) – Review

Listen on Apple Music   RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo

RockmusicRaider - Vandor - On a Moonlit Night - Album Cover

The vast universe of Power Metal is populated by all sorts of strange folk. And sometimes I wonder why that is. Okay, I get their penchant for fantasy tales, but – boy – sometimes things move way too far into Lalaland. You get the unicorns in space, the beer guzzlers, them screamo dudettes on a mission1), or – again – the sweetish fondue makers.

And don’t get me wrong, all those performers are high-end professionals and they know the stuff they strut. Also, the RMR deckhands had a ton of fun already with some … [...] Click to raid more!

Deathless Legacy celebrate Saturnalia!

      RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo

RockmusicRaider - Deathless Legacy - Saturnalia - Album Cover

It is true. I had my reservations about Rituals of Black Magic, Deathless Legacy‘s last full-length album. Somehow things did not quite fit. The record tried to be a live performance on stage. And the band is known for its pretty lavish productions on stage if nothing else. Yet, this was obviously impossible if soundbites are the only thing that you have to offer.

So, this time, the deathless ones just returned with an interesting concept EP called Saturnalia. One that plays much better to their strengths than its predecessor ever could. To do so, they chose … [...] Click to raid more!