Arch Enemy – Will To Power (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Arch Enemy - Will To Power - Album CoverI confess. Sometimes I do look into the opinions other reviewers express. Not so much to gain specific word-by-word insight, but more to get a general drift of a record. Usually the sum of all parts gives you a pretty good idea where an album resides. It is a bit like Trip Advisor, where you get the gist of things from the overall rating. But not from the detailed wording of endless badly written and subjective comments.

For any record you will always find the fan boys and girls schmoozing the audience in glowing, sugary colors on the beauty of whatever is being discussed. And – in contrast – you will get the masters of grouch warming up, spewing their usual greenish bile. Yet, almost always the bitter truth sits somewhere in the middle.

Now in Arch Enemy‘s latest Will to Power an abyss just opened up. Black or white, the forces of evil pitched against the mighty powers of good. Where good is hardcore Melodic Death Metal and bad is the cheesy realms of the pop kings and queens. The divide between opinions is tremendous. So, it is with some trepidation that the RMR floor started on this new album from the master croakers from the North. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: Eternal Oblivion for Moonlight Prophecy!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Moonlight Prophecy - Eternal Oblivion - Album CoverReal metal lives and breathes guitars, both electric and acoustic. Together with stellar vocals, some steady, yet innovative drum work and – perhaps and only perhaps – some keyboards, you’ll get yourself a metalhead’s delight. Now, by this token, if you are up to a bit of insane shredding, here is a piece for you.

We talk about Lawrence Wallace (Shadows in the Crypt, Lawrence’s Creation) and his latest project Moonlight Prophecy. The project’s decidedly very short début EP Eternal Oblivion will get you living proof of outstanding and highly technical guitar musicianship.

The blurb delivers some thrash infused, speedy metal tune that for sure will make you pause and return for a fresh look. I have heard Ingwie Malmsteen mentioned in conjunction with this artist and would concur. However, there is danger that the focus will be too much on the sound of the guitar and less on song structure and quality, which already becomes apparent in Eternal Oblivion, the title track.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: Hibria lights the XX Birthday Cake!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Hibria - XX - Album Cover20 years have passed, believe it or not. The speedy Heavy Metal and Power Metallers Hibria just released their very own birthday present. Appropriately called XX and signed to Test Your Metal Records, their new album covers three new tracks and four live performance samples from all across their past offerings. 

Hibria got this Brazilian machine going by 1996, starting off with a demo in ’97 and never stopping since. Now, after a score of singles, splits, live albums, re-issues and five full length albums with new material, it is now time to fire up the birthday cake with this newest EP-ish concoction.

Talking about the new material: Still infused with the usual Hibria #metal power, the band takes a much more progressive course on the first two tracks. Astonishingly so, kind of ditching the Brazilian freshness and clear, crisp #metal prevalent in Hibria (the album). I like the turn of events, though and the tracks are very technically savvy. But if continued, there is trouble on the horizon with parts of their fan base. Now, for those there is light at the end of the tunnel: Fool’s Paradise gets them a thrashy, speedy dose of Hibria as we know it. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!