Mighty Oaks – Howl (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Mighty Oaks - Howl - Album CoverSometimes the process of reckoning and reasoning @ RockmusicRaider is unfathomable. No rhyme nor reason seems to be apparent when it comes to record selection for the ever-important review list. The one that decides – sometimes on a whim – who’s gonna get on the blog. 

Then we sometimes enigmatically decide to cover older records first, before the new ones get a chance. Or we go for very old ones to boot; a Scorpions review just saw the light of day lately for instance. ‘Cause stubborn RMR does not listen to pop lore pundits, telling us to only cover same-year records. Or the world will stop and you will drop off.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Ostura – The Room (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ostura - The Room - Album CoverI am amazed. These guys managed to get the attention of Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Guilt MachineStream of Passion, The Gentle Storm), plus secured the services of a felt gazillion of additional guest performers from 12 countries. As if this weren’t enough, they got Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studios to do the mixing and mastering piece. Then the band forged ahead and landed us with 74 minutes of progressive goodness on 12 tracks. Wow!

And this raised a major concern right from the beginning. Do we have another case of extensive, badly managed complexity that raises its ugly head? It for sure sounded like that to me at first. After all, this kind of pitfall already was a point of major discord in many a prog record in the past.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Faun – Luna (2014) – Rezension

Was bin ich froh!! Da hatte ich doch schon befürchtet, dass 'Faun' plötzlich wieder von ihrem neugefundenen guten Weg abkommen, aber zum Glück ist da nichts passiert. Das wäre äusserst schade gewesen, hätten sie jetzt wieder mit ihrem früheren Geheul angefangen. Universal sei Dank!! So hat diese neue Kreation von 'Faun'durchaus guten Unterhaltungswert für das Pagan Folk Genre.
Die Produktion ist natürlich ein Spagat zwischen zwei Stilen. Oliver S. Tyr hatte versprochen alle Lieder wieder selber zu komponieren und die alten Einflüsse wieder spielen zu lassen, was mich zuerst mit einem ganz schlechten Gefühl erfüllte.