The Chronicles of Israfel – A Trillion Lights, Tome II (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider review - The Chronicles of Israfel - A Trillion Lights, Tome 2 - Album CoverMethinks that 2016 was not exactly a great year for the alternative and progressive scouts out there. You know, the ones holding the torch, while rushing forward into the unknown. And whilst some them are still out there lurking in the RMR review pipeline, a few made it into the blog. This so happened with The Chronicles of Israfel (correctly spelled, I assure you) and their newest full length A Trillion Lights, Tome II via BOH Records.

The band is actually an (almost solo) project of Dominic ‘Israfel’ Cifarelly (ex Pulse Ultra, Billy Ray Cyrus, Scars on Broadway) with the help of his brother Vincent aka VeloelGot hooked? Raid this some more...

The Reticent – On the Eve of a Goodbye (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - The Reticent - On the Eve of a Goodbye - Album CoverI love Progressive Metal. This is where #metal meets the grey unknown. Far, far away from the ‘established’ legion of bands, seemingly always wanting to produce more of the same. Of course, Progressive Metal covers lots of flavors and it takes a lot of musical skills to produce good content. On the other hand, the style is usually also an indicator of much creative energy at work.

Now, there is a large crowd out there professing that their forte lies in the progressive nirvana of the #metal universe. You’ll find loads of bands out there strumming a few djents, madly hitting the percussion, howling weirdly around the stage and calling this prog.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Insomnium – Winter’s Gate (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Insomnium - Winter's Gate - Album CoverIt 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. So, here I sat wondering what disaster loomed ahead in this new record.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Intermittent Digest – Tome III

Howdy, fans and friends! Months have passed again way too fast since the last point of the situation (as we say in French) and already it is time to halt the horses again and take stock. The first full year @ RockmusicRaider – 2015 – has passed and we start to approach mid-year 2016. By Loki, things are moving fast and I am not getting younger. So, what happened since Tome II. I can say one thing: Dark, dark is the going, when the going gets tough.

Felt waves of Black or blackened Metal are coming our way. I am amazed – seems to be a sign of the times.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Wilderun – Sleep at the Edge of the World (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Wilderung - Sleep at the Edge of the World - Album CoverSleep at the Edge of the World of the Progressive Folk Metal band Wilderun is another one of these gems that – I am unhappy to say – somehow did not get on the RockmusicRaider review list in 2015. And it is a disturbing piece of work. You start listening and you cannot stop – this particular stretch of tune must be bewitched. Not that it is overly melodious. Well, no, it actually is. But then it isn’t – disturbingly isn’t. Have I confused you yet?

Wilderun‘s devilishly complex and self-released sophomore album Sleep at the Edge of the World will do that to you.Got hooked? Raid this some more...