Within Temptation – Resist (2019) – Review

Last updated on 31 December 2020

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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 [...] Click to raid more!

Temperance – Of Jupiter and Moons (2018) – Review

Last updated on 3 December 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Temperance - Of Jupiter and Moons - Album CoverThe Italian band Temperance and the Rockmusicraider crew crossed paths a few times over the years. The offerings on the menu never quite made it to the blog, though. But with their 2018 record Of Jupiter and Moons things started to change.

A new level of power, juice and refinement is in the air that was not quite there before. And indeed, changes were made.

Michele Guaitoli (Kaledon, Overtures) joined the band in 2017. Together with Alessia Scolletti, who was active with Guaitoli on a variety of projects. [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Tragul Ramp It Up!

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Tragul 2018Same as the dreaded Henry MetalTragul ramped up their presence ever more during 2017. Only that this particular band took a much more interesting route.

The newly formed outfit decided to forego the usual treadmill chasing records. Instead, every 1-2 months a new video sees the light of day. A kind of a drip feed to the hungry masses addicted to your soundbites, which – in itself – is an interesting concept.

In a few short months their style morphed from an electronically tainted and symphonically challenged Sirenia offshoot to Symphonic Metal [...] Click to raid more!

Epica – The Holographic Principle (2016) – Review

Last updated on 1 March 2021

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Epica are known for their penchant for super-epic, somewhat overstuffed, and choir-heavy productions. Starting as a Symphonic and Gothic Metal outfit with the astonishing The Phantom Agony, the band slowly evolved towards an orchestral-laden, bombastic style that left many of their earlier fans confused in their wake.

Over the last years, we have seen many of the major players in this genre move into a similar – if not the same – direction. Which means that what should be innovation turns out to be the new mainstream of sorts. It is [...] Click to raid more!