Within Temptation – Resist (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Within Temptation - Resist - Review We write the Year of the Lord 2014. RockmusicRaider concocts her first ever review. And – much to our misfortune – it is a negative one to start this blog series with. Within Temptation is the name and Hydra is the game. 

Since that time I dreaded the moment that this band would release a new one of their once famously crusty records. Just remember masterpieces like Enter, Mother Earth or The Silent Force. Those positively sparkled with creativity and a sense of adventure. Always different and so succulently refreshing that you could just not get [...] Click to raid more!

Video: The Reckoning from Resist – by Within Temptation!

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Rockmusicraider Video - Within Temptation - The Reckoning - Resist - Album CoverWhoa, we got moving pictures from Within Temptation after their last full length Hydra. At long last. Based on their upcoming album Resist from Within Temptation the band again treads known paths of pseudo sci-fi themes in a futuristic setting. 

True to their style, The Reckoning is yet another song with a guest contributor, this time with Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach). This has a long tradition in the Within Temptation universe. Yet it needs to be said none of those hybrid productions ever produced stellar results and this one is no different.

The band’s real strength remains within [...] Click to raid more!

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 if we do, then as the cheese-ridden 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Draconian – Sovran (2015) – Review

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Scandinavia 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.[...] Click to raid more!