Kamelot – The Shadow Theory (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Kamelot - The Shadow Theory - Album CoverDo you know why the 2017 Ensiferum record still did not get a review? It is not for lack of trying. The reason is the predictability of their product. This argument leading to ‘I told you so’ on style and execution. This almost divine anticipation that – most of the time – is right on target. And this drives everyone around the RMR officescape nuts. 

And that’s the fault of these bands that grovel to the gods of the music industry and just say and do all the things the label will want to hear. So, whenever these records start turning, I am disgusted. And it is not that Power / Melodic / Gothic Metal cannot be entertaining. Or be outright great, as Gloryhammer demonstrated so aptly. It is this inability to step out of the comfort zone and try new things that really gets on the wrong side of me.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: Blood of the Dragon – by and for Therion!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Therion - Blood of the Dragon - Album CoverBlood of the Dragon, Therion‘s limited edition collection of covers that just released this March 2018 is an eclectic piece of work not seen to date in the illustrious career of the metallers from Sweden. In cooperation with Stygian Crypt Productions and Possession Productions, the band compiled a savvy selection of covers on two CDs. One in tribute to Therion by a number of bands and the second disk with covers recorded by Therion along all these years the band has been active. 

As the Therion covers go, I took an insane liking to the super-dense, full-throated and meaty interpretation of Asgard (Secret of the Runes – 2001) of Antyra, the German metal storytellers from Leipzig. The track puts the multifaceted talents of this particular band on full display. Then again, An Arrow from the Sun by Ghost Warfare got on my hit list pretty quickly too. That said, none of the Therion covers are bad, mind you. But it would go too far to list them all here. 

Therion themselves are of course well known for their covers of other bands that they quite frequently play. And this makes this assemblage of tracks a difficult one to establish, there is a lot of outstanding material. As the track list goes, Iron Maiden‘s Revelations or again Iron Fist of Motörhead really got on my shortlist. As to Iron Maiden, I wonder why Children of the Damned (A’arab Zaraq – Lucid Dreaming – 1997) did not make it. But hey, who am I?  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Leaves’ Eyes – Sign of the Dragonhead (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Leaves' Eyes - Sign of the Dragonhead - Album CoverI am sitting in a bar with some friends. Nice, dark and cool it is in here, some chicks lounging not far away at a table. Fatty finger food and caloric drinks galore that will wreak havoc with my jelly-belly. But hey, the brain likes fat and sugar, so here we go. Downright comfy, right?

If only there wasn’t just that annoying background music. Like a cold drizzle out in the boonies, always there, but never quite present. Soulless soundbites without effect, created in the cold embrace of robots and synthesizers with some dude tweaking some buttons. I guess to give these heartless electronics some groove, yet it never gets there.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!