Sideburn – Evil or Divine (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sideburn - Evil or Divine - Album CoverRockmusicRaider is having Swedish Rock and #Metal week. We just finished a newsflash on Endbite, now hitting up on the folks from Sideburn and their 2015 album Evil or Divine. Not to be confused by the Swiss Metal band of the same name, by the way.

Sideburn are part of a very significant rock and #metal community active in the land of stellar blond chicks, even better breakfast, ever behaving citizens and stringent speed controls. Not so? Damn! So, the neat surface hides this pretty exciting underground culture? Way cool that. Some big names too: Draconian, Opeth, Meshuggah, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy – and many more.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

2015 Top 10 Records

RockmusicRaider Review - Amalie Bruun - GuitarThe first full year for RockmusicRaider went by and a great many records were reviewed. A wild ride it was and still is, with challenges galore, some overcome and some still lurking nearby. This list covers records that got released in 2015. And who would have thought that the black section of #metal would be getting such attention during this year. Certainly not me. I am looking forward to a even more eventful 2016 and the pipeline does look pretty much filled already – but this is only the beginning.

So, let’s step right in:

RockmusicRaider Review - Finsterforst - Mach dich Frei - Album Cover#10 – Finsterforst – Mach Dich Frei

Talk about crunch, this is very powerful stuff.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Denigrate – Hollowpoint (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Denigrate - Hollowpoint - Album CoverSoft music playing and a voice goes: “In times past there lived a king and queen of the Ancient #Metal Kingdom, who said to each other every day of their lives, “If only we had a #metal child!”. And yet they had none. One day the queen was bathing and an ugly frog with a Motörhead tattoo came out of the water, leered at her and said drooling: “Thy wish shall be fulfilled; if you kiss and cuddle me, oh succulent one, thou shalt witness my transformation and get a child.” She did and SMACK BOOM there it was. IT?? Yes, called Denigrate – from Finland, playing Sleeping Beauty since 2007.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...

Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Crypt Sermon - Out of the Garden - Album CoverComing through as extremely compressed, the grunge metal flavored Doom Metal style of the US band Crypt Sermon will nevertheless manage to get your attention – make no mistake! Not the best ever production of the doom kind, mind you. But as the first full length début Out of the Garden goes, this is solid and good metal.

The band formed not so long ago from different corners of the metal universe, starting with a first demo in 2014 and are now coming through with this here concoction. And it contrasts well vis-à-vis more traditional outfits like Draconian or My Silent Wake that released records that same year.Got hooked? Raid this some more...