Graveshadow – The Uncertain Hour (2022) – Review

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I am stumped. Sometimes you’ll find a ton of talent in a band. But for some reason, their work somehow doesn’t shine the way it should. And still. As a reviewer, you want to leave a few comments at the door. Because you see the potential, and it’s almost painful how these outfits seem to destroy their very own creation with the stroke of a few watery guitar riffs and a sloppy production.

Tough love or lost time and energy that would have been spent better elsewhere? Hold on to something. This may be beyond your usual Six Flags rollercoaster … [...] Click to raid more!

Unleash the Archers – Abyss (2020) – Review

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Oops, it almost happened again. We just about overlooked Abyss, the latest album from Unleash the Archers. Already the pretty juicy Apex suffered some serious delay from the merciless hands of the RMR deck crew. Now this time we caught it, fortunately.

As you may know, we didn’t like it one iota once time stood still. Yet the aforementioned predecessor to this album gave us hope. The overblown theatrics and this multidimensional screaming ceased1), and in came some substance.

Of course, UtA is a Power Metal band and by this calling, they are prone to … [...] Click to raid more!

DarkTribe – Voici L’Homme (2020) – Review

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There’s that clich√© out there.

This idea that Power Metal must always sound like some juvenile wet dream. Hairdo dangerously close to glam, tight pants, the glaringly gaudy jacket, and the ubiquitous metal guitar shredder that should catapult you to new heights. All of that embedded in scratchy speed and soaring vocals. And garnished with a life-threatening addiction to cheese, dragon lore, and trolls on steroids.

Not that all Power Metal is of that same, same, but different thing, though. Some protagonists like Gloryhammer try themselves as space goblins with unicorns to ride. And this with an insane drive and … [...] Click to raid more!

Temperance – Of Jupiter and Moons (2018) – Review

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The Italian band Temperance and the Rockmusicraider crew crossed paths a few times over the years. The offerings on the menu never quite made it to the blog, though. But with their 2018 record Of Jupiter and Moons things started to change.

A new level of power, juice, and refinement is in the air that was not quite there before. And indeed, changes were made.

Michele Guaitoli (Kaledon, Overtures) joined the band in 2017. Together with Alessia Scolletti, who was active with Guaitoli on a variety of projects and whose belting powers continue to impress me. [...] Click to raid more!