Scardust – Sands of Time (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Scardust - Sands of Time - Album Cover Progressive Metal is an European affair. Right? This is what the Europeans think at least. And this annoys many American bands to hell and back.

But the EU prog nerds have a point. There’s just no real cool prog that emanates from across the pond anymore. The only thing we seem to get these days is preposterous news about how their government behaves itself. Okay, you will find exceptions like the excellent Moon Haven that RMR just recently reviewed. But then, these guys are arguably more on alt-metal territory than anywhere else. 

Now think about some Progressive Metal that somehow [...] Click to raid more!

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.

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 [...] Click to raid 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 sins 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. Many of them bands out there strum a few djents, madly hit [...] Click to raid more!

Insomnium – Winter’s Gate (2016) – Review

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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. 

So, here I sat wondering what disaster loomed ahead in [...] Click to raid more!