Dream Evil – The Book of Heavy Metal (2004) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dream Evil - The House of Heavy Metal - Album CoverNow I finally know where Ms. Slayes of Unleash The Archers got the famous metal scream from on Time Stands Still at the beginning of Test The MetalDream Evil invented it first. On their 3rd full length album The Book of Heavy Metal that escaped into nature back in 2004. And they had the crunch it takes to produce some crystal clear and steely metal back then that – in all its somewhat cheesy splendor – will still please the fan crowd of today. 

Given their somewhat Dio-esque soaring style I always wondered if the band name had anything to do with it. And sure as hell, the band was indeed named after Dio‘s stellar album Dream Evil of 1987. Reason being that the previously suggested name Dragonslayer did not sit well with Century Media Records. Yet, ultimately the first album got stuck with this name.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Unleash The Archers – Time Stands Still (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Unleash The Archers - Time Stands Still - Album CoverTalk about boundless energy. I am listening to the 2015 3rd studio album Time Stands Still of Unleash the Archers. And holy shit, these guys take off like a fucking rocket on steroids. Only this is one of those hate/love affairs all over again. Something is rotten in this record that has received mostly positives to date. When frankly, it is not all infinitive bliss. Yeah, you heard that one right: It is technically flawless, but looking at it as the sum of all parts? Not so sure.

Unleash The Archers perform a brand of Power and Speed Metal that is for sure not as cheesy as some of the reviews I read were suggesting. The solos and riffs are of all kinds and colors that for sure will make Michael Amott of Arch Enemy go pale with envy. And I believe the ghost of Dio is just traipsing around somewhere in the background, when hearing this. This mixed with a heavy dose of Iron Maiden to spice it up some. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Demise of the Crown – Demise of the Crown (2016) – Review

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Demise of the Crown Self Titled Album CoverDiscovering Canada is really something. Apart from the stunning countryside, Canadians display a generally more laid back atmosphere than down South and yonder the mighty border. Neat cities and generally nice people, you will find a pretty good and very active metal community. Power Metal outfits like Unleash the Archers, but also Demise of the Crown are part of this landscape. The latter just unleashed their self-titled and independent début album beginning of March 2016.

A bunch of seasoned musicians (..so they say), they formed back in 2014 in Montréal getting on the Power Metal train with the somewhat lofty aim and I quote – “…a band determined to shake the foundation of power metal.” Well, okay, there you go. That’s a base to work from.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!