Marko Hietala leaves Nightwish!

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May we live in interesting times, right? The bad – or strange – news never stops, and we’re in for more in 2021.

Nightwish‘s Marko Hietala has decided to quit the band with immediate effect and to – in his words – “…leave public life.” It appears that during the terrible last year, he had second thoughts about his life as a musician and the music industry as a whole. Which – wisely – led him to take a time-out and leave one of the greatest Symphonic Metal bands of all time. And that is a pity.

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Nightwish – HVMAN. :||: NATVRE. (2020) – Review

Last updated on 30 December 2020

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Nightwish can proudly look back on a massive discography with an astonishing number of successes. All of their studio releases either ended up at Gold or Platinum levels. Or both combined. They were and – in a way – still are one of the leading bands in all things Symphonic Metal.

At least until recently.

Same as any long-standing outfit, Nightwish went through a few eras. But over the last decade or so they slowly drifted towards a more cinematic style. One filled with loads of epic bombast and plagued … [...] Click to raid more!

Insomnium – Winter’s Gate (2016) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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It was one of those metal moments! Winter’s Gate, Insomnium‘s 7th full length release finally arrived at my doorstep. And what do I find? One 40 minute monster track.

Come again, they did what?

What on earth are they noodling about? With trepidation, we think back to similar attempts made by the likes of Pink Floyd and others way back in time, when monstrous, rambling concoctions were fashionable.

And not many protagonists – with some laudable exceptions – pulled these offerings off well enough to really impress the audience ever since.

Let’s be honest. 

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Phantasma – The Deviant Hearts (2015) – Review

Last updated on 20 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Phantasma - The Deviant Hearts - Album CoverTo ease my Death Metal injured ears somewhat, I started listening to some loftier and softer stuff. And stumbled across a band called Phantasma belting out a seemingly Nightwish-esque tune on an album called The Deviant Hearts.

The fact that the ever cute Charlotte Wessels (Delain) is the female front on this project really piqued my interest right away. Not because she is cute of course. But because she can sing and is one of the most respected professionals in the genre.

Interestingly, the project actually features three core band members. [...] Click to raid more!