Within Temptation – Resist (2019) – Review

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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 enough of [...] Click to raid more!

Wolfheart – Tyhjyys (2017) – Review

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Damn, I’m freezing! It is this cold, cold gale blowing down on us from the arctic North. Or is it the cold metal blasting out of my boomboxes? 

Luckily the winter is over soon and the frozen tundra and wind-blown plains between the Russian border and eternity will warm up. If not, these guys up in Finland will continue to find dark and cold tunes that will ice our bones and souls. And there is a bunch of them trying to drive us to tears with doomy and dark soundbites that flow towards us.

Now speaking of cold and desolate.

The Finnish horde Wolfheart[...] Click to raid more!

Amaranthe – The Nexus (2013) – Review

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Wow! We found ourselves some nexus here. Pop metal on steroids with a taste of Britney Spears. And this one featuring a female front and two more male singers.

It is kind of a vocalist overkill of sorts. And all that voodoo is delivered without the feathers that you would have gotten from Lauri and his gang! One could describe it as total Pop and Disco Metal, fully out of control, but with a few solos made by Olof Mörck. Those got my attention though – not bad at all.

In addition, some of the growls would make Arch [...] Click to raid more!

Amaranthe – Massive Addictive (2014) – Review

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I heard somewhere that not knowing the Swedish/Danish Pop Metal band Amaranthe is not knowing Metal.

Come again?

Well, here I am listening to their last, newest, and best 2014 concoction Massive Addictive. For sure, the tunes are catchy, fast, kind of Power Metal, and – as is the custom – overproduced to a point. And often, this just sounds to me like so much George Michael on steroids who teamed up with some pop queen.

Then they must have met some hairy guys, and started to distort guitars, adding some sort of harsh vocals. Last, but not least … [...] Click to raid more!