Nevermore – This Godless Endeavor (2005) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor - Album CoverHere’s to an album that was described to me as the epitome of metal wizardry. The cream of the cream of all things you can expect from anything metal. The steel-clad mountain any metalhead must vanquish before they can claim to be adepts of trve metal. Well, there you go. That’s a standard to die for. Or is it, now?

And let me tell you some truth to go with that. I am not a die-hard fan of thrash metal. Much of it goes along with mindless screaming and jerking about the stage. Never mind the lyrics or any story that would fuel the tune. Or something deep that drives your shit; anything actually. Only fast, furious and loud – the nirvana of the gods of thrash. Right, Hetfield? [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: Sound Of A Broken Heart by HDAW!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Heroes Don't Ask Why - HDAW - Sound of a Broken Heart - Album CoverRarely and usually completely out of the blue, you get these refreshing blurbs of rock and metal that will make you keep your faith in modern music. True, there were no real breakthroughs anymore lately in terms of new styles. But then bands with promise continue to come along. Those who know how to string elements together just right and forge a blazing hot slab of rock. Slap Betty or Last Bullet were just two of them out of many that made it onto the RMR blog page for that very reason.

Now, the Finnish band Heroes Don’t Ask Why – short HDAW – just lit up our music detection gear like the proverbial Christmas tree when the Grinch floats by. The band’s newest EP Sound of a Broken Heart storms forward in a somewhat Sabaton-ical frenzy and won’t let up until the bitter end. The disc sports a strange mix of thrashy Power Metal and slow acoustically led parts. All this comes with a serving of sludgy and kinda punky rock. Complete with a set of pretty sturdy metal solos. HDAW‘s ability to instantaneously switch from blazing hot metal and molten lava rock to velvet soft acoustics provides the icing on this particularly rocky cake.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Infected Syren – Infected Syren (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Infected Syrens - Self-Titled - Album CoverRockmusicRaider already covered a number of bands from Cyprus. Blynd or again Arrayan Path come to mind – to name just two. But never did we get a band like Infected Syren on the review list that seems to originate from the London East End much more than coming from an island in the Med.

And they are sinners. You don’t think they are? They are, for sure. Vile, rotten language. Spitting about the stage. Loud, brutal and fast guitar play with reckless abandon. Rebellious, ruthless screaming of vocals in a staccato voice seemingly reaching us from the past, straight from the ’70s. Devil-may-care innuendo at every dark turn of the record. Tracks slightly too long, away from the inherent two-minute madness many of their brethren like to indulge in – a blasphemy for the purists active within that genre. And – to the point made above – the band actually exchanges locations between Cyprus and London. Which adds to their credence in the genre and explains a lot.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!