Avantasia – Ghostlights (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Avantasia - Ghostlights - Album CoverAfter listening to Ghostlights from Avantasia, we are all going to be encased in a coffin of hard cheddar, covered with yoghurt and buried in the deep abysses of the Mighty Milky Land, where the cheese was born. Never to come back and as the unburied undead, madly chanting away choruses from Tobias Sammet‘s latest mighty project. Because this production will get into your head, replace your windy branches of your brain with Avantasia tracks and make you repeat them all over again. The never-ending, kind of theatrically laden bombast will help to beat these tracks into you like this mighty sledge-hammer this album wants to become.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Draconian – Sovran (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Draconian - Sovran - Album CoverScandinavia seems to be an endless source of all things #metal. This time we get it from Sweden, where I thought only the happy blonde bombshells dwell – but not so. The 6th studio album Sovran from Draconian is – at its base – real Doom Metal. A powerful brand of Doom wanting to ice the bones in your body and pound you crying into the dust with a deluge of sadness and tribulations. Interesting, how underrated this band is compared to the better known players in the genre. Especially in comparison with the Peaceville Three – myth or not. Draconian are really up there with the best.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Within Temptation – The Unforgiving (2011) – Review

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Within-Temptation-The-Unforgiving-2011OK, I get it! Nothing is ever easy and change is a constant, as there is no such thing as a steady state in physical music creation. And it needs some courage to do the change-over that these guys have done. Like in radical and absolute. Nothing much left of Metal and Gothic or Symphonic, whilst there are some attempts to get back on track.

The 2011 album The Unforgiving from Within Temptation is a totally new direction from what was before. Some of my co-reviewers compared the record to Nightwish, but there is no Nightwish ingenuity in there, folks. To me it sounds like a mix between Delain and Fleetwood Mac.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Within Temptation – Mother Earth (2000) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Within Temptation - Mother Earth - Album CoverKind of changing direction, but still following the vein of its predecessor Enter, the year 2000 creation and 2nd full studio album Mother Earth of the Dutch band Within Temptation is an astonishing piece of work. Actually, the first release was in The Netherlands and then, following in the rest of Europe as of 2001.

Perhaps a bit too much in a hazy, tree hugger kind of style, but still very varied, with a few extremely good tracks in them. They called their new style ‘Celtic’ – Grrmph! – whatever in hell this might mean. And very importantly, they got rid of the Death Grunts that really were never very good with them.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Within Temptation – Enter (1997) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Within Temptation - Enter - Album CoverAs I am in the Within Temptation groove, let’s stay there for a while. It would be a pity not to review the very first record Enter they did back in 1997, after the band officially assembled about a year earlier. The band formed just after the departure of Sharon den Adel from her usual work routine as a fashion designer, I kid you not. Smart girl, that. She apparently still designs her own outfits. I wish I could do that as well. But – alas – I can’t. I can write loads of annoying words about music I find and send them around the world, though. So, here goes.Got hooked? Raid this some more...