Gentle Knife – Clock Unwound (2017) – Review

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There is a plethora of Progressive Rock and Metal bands out there with an ever growing progosphere to boot. Yet, today’s prog gets dangerously close to the state  of being predictive. Some think good prog needs to be djents and only djents, plus some high pitched wailing. Others profess that only chaos will pay homage to the mighty gods of progressive nirvana. Loki preserve us – forsooth!

Now, this year (still) promises great things, like the new pop-infused (shiver…) album of Steven Wilson after his stellar Hand. Cannot. Erase. Not to forget the pretty cool latest piece of work of Lucassen‘s Ayreon that just arrived.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Haken – Affinity (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Haken - Affinity - Album CoverOne of the most popular kids on the metal block these days is Progressive Metal. The style in its rocky incarnation has been around for a while, of course. Just think about old rock bands like Jethro Tull, Kansas or Uriah Heep who got famous by not adjusting to the norm. Just to name a very few.

Over the last years some sort of renaissance saw the light of day in the prog genre. Not all is good and groovy, though. Frankly, you need to beware of many bands that adorn themselves with the accoutrements of Progressive Rock and Metal. Hit a few djents, deliver some odd drum work and yell weirdly about the soundscape.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Frozen Sand – Fractals: A Shadow out of Lights (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Frozen Sand - Fractals: A Shadow out of Lights - Album CoverFractals. An interesting subject. Something that can be divided into ever smaller shapes of the same. And fractals in a Progressive Rock piece are still more interesting. Does this mean we can sub-divide the music into same pieces as well? Probably not. But this is the title that Frozen Sand saddles us with in their newest full length Fractals: A Shadow out of Lights. The title and album are actually part of a storyline the band is developing called Fractals of Frozen Lifetimes. So, [author rolls eyes] here we go again with yet another theme laden record. Now, truth be told, many theme-based records do indeed deliver quality tunes to follow it up.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

The Chronicles of Israfel – A Trillion Lights, Tome II (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider review - The Chronicles of Israfel - A Trillion Lights, Tome 2 - Album CoverMethinks that 2016 was not exactly a great year for the alternative and progressive scouts out there. You know, the ones holding the torch, while rushing forward into the unknown. And whilst some them are still out there lurking in the RMR review pipeline, a few made it into the blog. This so happened with The Chronicles of Israfel (correctly spelled, I assure you) and their newest full length A Trillion Lights, Tome II via BOH Records.

The band is actually an (almost solo) project of Dominic ‘Israfel’ Cifarelly (ex Pulse Ultra, Billy Ray Cyrus, Scars on Broadway) with the help of his brother Vincent aka VeloelGot hooked? Raid this some more...

Karma Rassa – Talks to Innerself (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Karma Rassa - Talks to Innerself - Album CoverIt sometimes seems as if we preferred the heavy, blackened thumping of any extreme #metal flavor throughout the RockmusicRaider office landscape. But not so! At times something more laid back is in order. And for that we have gotten the folks navigating in the Progressive and Avantgarde field. 

Now, you usually find the well known bands like Leprous, Steven Wilson or the gang around Arjen Lucassen on your radar. But these guys are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The community is huge. Whilst this is so, you will find loads of them progressive folks out there just djenting away until there is no tomorrow.Got hooked? Raid this some more...