Newsflash: Eternal Oblivion for Moonlight Prophecy!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Moonlight Prophecy - Eternal Oblivion - Album CoverReal metal lives and breathes guitars, both electric and acoustic. Together with stellar vocals, some steady, yet innovative drum work and – perhaps and only perhaps – some keyboards, you’ll get yourself a metalhead’s delight. Now, by this token, if you are up to a bit of insane shredding, here is a piece for you.

We talk about Lawrence Wallace (Shadows in the Crypt, Lawrence’s Creation) and his latest project Moonlight Prophecy. The project’s decidedly very short début EP Eternal Oblivion will get you living proof of outstanding and highly technical guitar musicianship.

The blurb delivers some thrash infused, speedy metal tune that for sure will make you pause and return for a fresh look.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Metallica - Hardwired To Self Destruct - Album CoverIt is their number 10 in over thirty years, right? Well, fuck me running. This feels like yesterday, when we first started to listen to their sound. And Hardwired…To Self-Destruct – managed through Metallica‘s vanity label Blackened Recordings – comes along some 8 years after their last full length record. They are taking their time, don’t they? But then, they always have. 

When Metallica started their run for fame with their début Kill ’em All we thought that this was about it. Seemingly confirmed by their unimpressing sophomore Ride the Lightining, the excellent #3 called Master of Puppet surprised back then and still does so today.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Rattleplague – Bourbon in the mosh pit!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Rattleplague - Bourbon Scenes - Album ArtIt is three o’clock in the morning. You already sport this insane hunger for a steak with loads of fries, with Bourbon to go. But at the same time you feel an inhuman urge to go a-moshing for a while to end the party in style. Well, food can wait.

For the rest, all you’ll need to do is to fetch Bourbon Scenes, the newest EP of the Finnish Rock and Metal band Rattleplague, signed to Inverse Records.

Just go ahead, pop in the disc and let ‘er roar. And I guarantee you that you will get both: The red meat and a moshing session you won’t forget.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Balaam impersonated. By Xaon!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Xaon - Face of Balaam - Album CoverThe wicked prophet is loose with his donkey again, facing the sword wielding angel! Or something of that nature. And in Switzerland to boot.

If an EP serves – as the lore goes – to show the skills of a band in their early days, then the Swiss band Xaon hit dead center with their upcoming, self-released album Face of Balaam. Expecting some watery #metal concoction, I was stopped dead in my tracks by this tsunami rolling over me. And by Loki, these guys serve an intense and aggressive brand of their favorite #metal muesli they for sure crunch for breakfast.

And talking about early days: Xaon formed in 2012 already, but apparently had some issues finding the right sound and direction for a while.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Whispered – Metsutan: Songs of the Void (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Whispered - Metsutan - Album CoverSo, what have we here? Some sort of modern-time Hakkapeliitta yelling “Ei! Ei! Oh!” as they storm the stage? Scary! And it does not seem to fit, now, does it? This band is coming from Finland, not Japan. But then again it does: ‘Cause it’s called Samurai Metal, that’s what!

I must say, this piping hot and spicy miso soup Whispered have created with their third album Metsutan: Songs of the Void will hook you right from the beginning. In fact this somehow sounds like the latest of Insomnium gone East with a dose of Children of Bodom that just got itself an extra Power Metal injection. Got hooked? Raid this some more...