Intermittent Digest – Tome VI

RockmusicRaider - Intermittent Digest - Tome VIWell, before the back office overflows with material, we better launch a new edition of the RockmusicRaider world-famous (ahem…) Intermittent Digest series. This will let off some steam and things will improve – hopefully. 

The Tome V Edition was already substantial, but 2017 has been on the fast-track ever since with an enormous amount of material released to date. This includes many big bands that churned out their newest records right around fall of this year with a lot more still to come. On top of that the end of the year looms already with the inevitable top ten coming up fast, following the 2016 edition. So let’s get going with Tome VI without further ado.

One of the first surprises after the last edition was Morass of Molasses and their RockmusicRaider Review - Morass of Molasses - These Paths We Tread - Album Coveralbum These Paths We Tread. A somewhat bizarre, but historically solid band name hides a pretty savvy slice of Stoner Rock and Metal. Right out of the South of the good ‘ol US of A. Zep-infused fuzziness dripping down on us in a slow march of hardly viscous groove. You really need to take that one slow and savor every sugary drop of juice that emanates from this disk. The record sludges its way down this weavy path to a pretty cool mix of modern-day rock’n’roll and age-old stoner offerings that we all loved back in time. You should try some too.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Leprous – Malina (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Leprous - Malina - Album Cover2017 will be a good year for Progressive and Alternative Rock and Metal. And I have a feeling that some of them players will end up on the 2017 Top 10 Records list. Increased sophistication seems to be the game these days too. Away from heavy-handed djent-ism to more refined shores. So much so that some bands lose their metal chops and reinvent themselves in pop and some tastier versions of rock. The last example is the late To The Bone from Steven Wilson. And no, it did not go pop, but sports some sort of Progressive Rock of the poppy kind. Not bad at all.

To change direction like that is like taking leave from your trusty and favorite New York steakhouse and be adventurous. Try some Nouvelle Cuisine. You know, these guys serving you next to nothing on big white plates with a pretty decoration. Dishes served with paired wine in dining rooms decked out in coldly calculated comfort that chill your soul. And then they charge you a gazillion of hard earned dollars for it. Very avant-garde and for food nerds of the wealthy kind.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Steven Wilson – To The Bone (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Steven Wilson - To The Bone - Album CoverDebate raged around the RMR offices. It was all about an outrageous non-metal album floating out there in the not-so-rocky universe and covered in brightly colored stars. And you heard the hype, right? Don’t we just all love conspiracy theories? Mysteries yet unsolved and deliciously unsolvable?

The rumor had it that Steven Wilson and his newest full length To The Bone would be pop. So pop that all metalheads and prog nerds would have to hang their heads in shame upon starting with the record. All of this complete with bright colors and funky videos, Dark Horse style. Okay, RockmusicRaider was guilty too. Shooting off a few bad wisecracks about the terrible album to come out and how it was going to be so Amaranthe at worst and Taylor Swift at best. And of course, there was always the expectation that nobody could best Hand. Cannot. Erase. The outcome is – somewhat expectedly – not quite a pop album.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!