At times my metal-sore ears just give up the ghost and are in dire need of something more melodious and less harsh. So, there is no better treatment than slapping some progressive and alternative Band-Aid on them. And indeed, the RMR deck crew finds that those undercurrents finally take on some steam. Luckily so, as the officescape kind of worried what was about to come still in 2017. Apart from blackened pieces of scorched metal, of which there is plenty these days. Yet still some doubts persists on what exactly is to come. [...]
In 2016 The Reticent issued one of the best – if not THE best – Progressive Metal album of the year called On the Eve of a Goodbye. And I am not saying this lightly. The emotional discharge, genuine passion and musical prowess are such that the record ended up on spot number two of the 2016 Top Ten Records in the RockmusicRaider universe. And the record still rocks a lot on the RMR mighty sound machine. So much so that the tear-drenched tune risks to rust the metal it is built on.
The band continues to flesh out their piece of work with a variety of videos – again of outstanding quality. Their newest video The Decision is yet another outpouring of a boatload of sentiment. I would like to point out the noteworthy quality of production, storyline and execution of the clip. This video indeed catches the essence and – again – emotion of the moment very well. [...]
Methinks 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 Veloel. Now, almost a decade ago Israfel and the band issued a first record called Starborn. And already then the project was nowhere near lightning fast with the delivery of material, but took a whopping three years to deliver the first goods. The band itself was born in 2004 and the first record released in 2007 only. This here record is their sophomore effort, the mighty black cliff bands often shipwreck on. [...]