Zeit – Konvergenz (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Zeit - Konvergenz - Album CoverThe old provinces of Eastern Germany seem to be a hotbed for interesting bands of all kinds. Indeed of all things cultural – and beyond. And this goes for theatrical endeavours as well as music of all flavors.  The RockmusicRaider crew had the pleasure to cover special underground bands like Antyra from Leipzig already. You know, these guys with their rough and eerily weird, yet fascinating story-telling techniques. With an extremely epic, but very down-to-earth metal taste. I love them, but they are so out of the mainstream that not many of the RMR fans will follow. It is a special kind of geekery, I admit.

And – indeed – underground breeds more underground.

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Karkaos – Children of the Void (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Karkaos - Children of the Void - Album CoverI just started twirling Children of the Void from the Canadian band Karkaos. Well, hells bells, this beat hitting my sound system from the cold Atlantic shores seemingly delivers some déjà-vu mix of Avantasia and a healthy tot of Sirenia. A much more ballsy version, though, and Avantasia would have to come down from their lofty heights and add some serious friggin’ crunch to match that. The enigma however lies in the supposed weakness of the metal during these first minutes. Because the Canadian metal and rock community usually does have a pretty vicious bite to it. Even if it is relatively small on an international stage given the size of the place.  Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Fifteen for Infinight!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - InfiNight - Fifteen - Album CoverDo you thirst for comfort in Heavy Metal? Something with enough oomph to please da stainless self, yet not used to beat you into the dust with at the same time? Clear, concisely written tracks, delivered with German precision? Well, then good ‘ol RockmusicRaider might just have the remedy for ye. 

Here’s to a blurb, released end of 2016 by the German band InfiNight. Their birthday EP Fifteen – for 15 years of service – will slay that burning thirst for stellar metal in a heartbeat. They feature this very precise Heavy / Power Metal style, a real healer after all that fuzziness the metal music world seems to disintegrate into these days.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Ninjaspy – Spüken (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ninjaspy - Spüken - Album CoverSome bands are very laid back in their approach to releasing their music. Especially the jazzier and progressively minded ones. And sometimes you wonder where this is all going. Then others just give you this impression at first, just to drop a sneaky karate kick to the back of your head. And let loose with a vengeance on a colossal Alternative and Progressive Metal stage. Spüken, the new full length of the Canadian metallers Ninjaspy, will do exactly that for you. Chaotic and somewhat unhinged grungy-punk energy outbursts included. 

But the first item that really got to me was the somewhat bizarre and strangely fascinating album cover.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

The Vicious Head Society – Abject Tomorrow (2017) – Review

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I already was a big fan of the complicated sound compilations of Progressive Rock and Metal way back in time, when music was only fun and games. Seriously. And I am not only thinking of the early ones in the ’70s, but also of what happened later in the ’80s, when AC/DC and the NWoBHM rocked, yet the progressive folks kind of dwelled at the edge of this particular swamp of their own making.

Just transport yourself way back to bands like Styx, the early Kansas, the corny old offerings of Yes or the flute invested utterings of early Jethro Tull. And we still find this sound today with modern bands: The squeaky keyboard offerings, gallivanting melodies leading nowhere and anywhere.Got hooked? Raid this some more...