Delain – Moonbathers (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Delain - Moonbathers - Album CoverI’ll be damned, time flies really fast. It is already ten years and five full length albums down the road for the Dutch Symphonic and Gothic Metal band Delain. Now crowned with their latest record Moonbathers

Already their very first album Lucidity impressed me greatly. To find a début of an unknown band at such a level of professionalism was astounding. The whole record exuded a freshness and carefree attitude that – sadly – started lacking on future albums. And of course the undeniable vocal powers – then and now – of Charlotte Wessels contributed greatly to the success of the band. April Rain – their second – followed in the same footsteps.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Phantasma – The Deviant Hearts (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Phantasma - The Deviant Hearts - Album CoverTo ease my Death Metal injured ears somewhat, I started listening to some loftier and softer stuff. And stumbled across a band called Phantasma belting out a seemingly Nightwish-esque tune on an album called The Deviant Hearts. The fact that the ever cute Charlotte Wessels (Delain) is the female front on this project really piqued my interest right away. Not because she is cute, but because she can sing and is one of the most respected professionals in the genre.

Interestingly, the project actually features three core band members. The remaining two: Georg Neuhauser (Serenity) and Oliver Philipps (Everon) – and they harmonize really well, which immediately shows in the quality they deliver.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Draconian – Sovran (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Draconian - Sovran - Album CoverScandinavia seems to be an endless source of all things #metal. This time we get it from Sweden, where I thought only the happy blonde bombshells dwell – but not so. The 6th studio album Sovran from Draconian is – at its base – real Doom Metal. A powerful brand of Doom wanting to ice the bones in your body and pound you crying into the dust with a deluge of sadness and tribulations. Interesting, how underrated this band is compared to the better known players in the genre. Especially in comparison with the Peaceville Three – myth or not. Draconian are really up there with the best.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Nemesea – Mana (2004) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nemesea - Mana - Album CoverNemesea claimed a few years ago that their first studio album Mana was written and produced in somewhat of a hellfire hurry back in 2004. Thus the style kind of got aligned to the usual Gothic and Symphonic Metal outfits already at work at that time.

Only to be confronted with a result that the band did not feel wholly comfortable with. This made them change their musical direction straight after this album, a fact that became very evident in their later productions In Control and The Quiet Resistance. Their mutual soul-searching on style and direction was – as it seems – not necessarily fully evolved yet when Mana was released.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Nemesea – In Control (2007) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Nemesea In Control - Album CoverI hear Amaranthe calling! Most definitely. Well, so WRONG! Yonder band did not exist yet when the 2nd studio album In Control from Nemesea came to see the light of day. And they went straight over the edge of the flat and rocky Gothic Metal World, finding themselves in a DJane ready club world universe, where painted goblins reside.

What a change of direction going Pop Metal on me (evil tongues would say electro-pop … but I am not evil; well only sometimes). Or should we say Synthie Pop? Nope, the Metal aspect is clearly there still, whereas a bit hidden in the cupboard somewhere.Got hooked? Raid this some more...