The Rasmus – Dark Matters (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - The Rasmus - Dark Matters - Album CoverYou know what I accused Train of? That they went for some rosy, politically correct bullshit. A sugar-sweet regurgitation of whatever American feel-good spin doctors advertise. 

Gone are the days of carefree bouncing about the stage, and having a rebellious and jolly good time. If it is because of advancing age or because of the thought police would be the subject of a completely different post.

Now, I detect something of the exact same ilk with The Rasmus.

Even if similarity does not mean that they committed the same capital sin. The band’s affinity towards disco style sounds exists [...] Click to raid more!

Train – A Girl A Bottle A Boat (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Train - A Girl A Bottle A Boat - Album CoverPortents, portents. They usually are legion when things start to go South seriously and are very visible to those willing to see. It is no different with Train, the formerly snarkily cheeky Californians, now seriously on their quest for cool, giddy happiness in all its sugary forms.

Their very own portents already came home to roost in their 2014 edition Bulletproof Picasso. Now that album got them some important flak – and deservedly so. Ironically, it actually blatantly missed the cool-boat and ended up on some whitewashed beach in nowhere land.

This obsession with coolness is nothing new [...] Click to raid more!

Serious Black – Mirrorworld (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Serious Black - Mirrorworld - Album CoverHarry Potter is back in his transcendent form of Serious Black – the band. And this only a short year after their remarkable, but still somewhat conflicted first record As Daylight Breaks.

But still.

Their first album felt like being in a jet fighter taking off. Bang it went, and you just hoped, you got these shock absorbing seats that could take the brunt of the attack.

This first album was a motley selection of tracks, kind of thrown helter-skelter at the emerging fan crowd. But their brand of Power Metal powered out of the speakers with gusto, and [...] Click to raid more!