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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Unleash The Archers – Time Stands Still (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Unleash The Archers - Time Stands Still - Album CoverTalk about boundless energy. I am listening to the 2015 3rd studio album Time Stands Still of Unleash the Archers. And holy shit, these guys are taking off like a fucking rocket on steroids. Only this is one of those hate/love affairs all over again. Something is rotten in this record that has received mostly positives to date. When frankly, it is not all infinitive bliss. Yeah, you heard that one right: It is technically flawless, but looking at it as the sum of all parts? Not so sure.

Unleash The Archers perform a brand of Power and Speed Metal that is for sure not as cheesy as some of the reviews I read were suggesting.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Krokus – Headhunter (1983) – Review

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KRockmusicRaider Review - Krokus - Album Coverrokus spawned a few remarkable records in their early days. Names like Pay It In Metal, Hardware, Metal Rendez-Vous (with which yours truly felt the vampire pull of this band) come to mind. And sweaty, rocky concerts in “the pit” come back to memory. But nothing mentioned before really blew the true Heavy Metal record Headhunter of 1983 out of the water, their 7th studio album. Not equaled then and not ever since.

And a word to the album cover: The metal skull and bones together with the name Headhunter – just superb. A fitting visual to a very #metal album. The disc also features its very own epic spicy stories: For instance, Chris Von Rohr got himself fired from the band later in 1983.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Hibria – Hibria (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Hibria - Hibria - Album CoverSomeone is knocking on Heavy Metal’s door! Big time. And who is brandishing these fucking pipes? ‘Tis must come from Ronnie James, but this dear friend and companion met the other side for a while now. It is Iuri Sanson of the Brazilian Power and Speed Metal band Hibria. And this on their self-titled 2015 amazingly rocky album, signed to Test Your Metal Records. And this stuff they are producing is really good #metal – for most parts! Old style #metal too, kind of showing the Great Old Ones of Heavy Metal, where the new masters are.

I really like the drum work provided by Eduardo Baldo, this is not just the whoom-tchack you usually get, but much more complex structures.Got hooked? Raid this some more...