Haken – Vector (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Haken - Vector - Album CoverA variety of currents and undercurrents exist in the Progressive Metal universe. You get the thoughtful ones, those hauling emotion around like a shitload of bricks. The Reticent comes to mind. You have the experimental dudes like Wilderun, walking down them steps, towards alternative and avantgarde laden pastures.

And then you get the djent division.

Those who think that good prog inevitably must be stuffed with a goodly measure of djentability. Leprous or Vvon Dogma I are somewhat of an extremist example of those. And you’ll find many others of the same ilk, [...] Click to raid more!

Moon Haven – Monochrome Reflections – Review

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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.

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Video: The Reticent release The Decision!

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RockmusicRaider Video - The Reticent - The Decision - On the Eve of a Goodbye - Cover ArtIn 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.

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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 [...] Click to raid more!