Aephanemer – Memento Mori (2016) – Review

Record Rating: RockmusicRaider Review - 6 star rating 

RockmusicRaider Review - Aephanemer - Memento Mori - Album CoverOnce upon a time there was a lone hawk and his guitar, soaring about the skies. He let his riffs and solos rip from his lofty height and went by the name of NifRiffs. After considerable time and some acclaim by the mice and other furry animals scurrying about the ground, NifRiffs decided to get serious and start a real band.

Having a knack for weird and unusual names, he called the band Aephanemer. A first demo EP named Know Thyself was published soon thereafter. Now, the name was there, but the band was still a one-man show. After much more hand-clapping that came and went, a proper band saw the light of day to drive things forward more seriously.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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

Record rating: RockmusicRaider Review - 8 Star Rating  Apple Music Badge

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. So much so at times that you are served with a confused pandemonium of soundbytes that stops making sense after a while.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Epica – The Holographic Principle (2016) – Review

Record Rating: RockmusicRaider Review - 7 Star Rating  Apple Music Badge – Buy with Amazon!

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Epica are known for their penchant towards super-epic, somewhat overstuffed and choir-heavy productions. Starting as a Symphonic and Gothic Metal outfit with the astonishing The Phantom Agony, the band slowly evolved towards an orchestral laden, bombastic style that left many of their earlier fans confused in their wake. Over the last years we have seen many of the major players in this genre move into a similar – if not the same – direction. Which means that what should be innovation turns out to be the new mainstream of sorts. It is a little like this drive to political correctness, where nobody likes to step outside the boundaries of the comfort zone. But to get progress, you need to do exactly that.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Riti Occulti – Tetragrammaton (2016) – Review

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TRockmusicRaider Review - Riti Occculti - Tetragrammaton - Album Coverhe Occvltists are loose again. Earlier in 2016, RockmusicRaider already covered ritual #metal – Black Metal style to be precise – with Darkend. But this one here is different, much different.

The Italian band Riti Occulti saddles you with a pretty sticky, ceremonial brand of Blackened Doom Metal in Tetragrammaton. The album is signed to Nordavind Records and Triton’s Orbit

As the title suggests, Riti Occulti dive deep into Kabbalistic lore. The record does follow a pretty sturdy theme and logical flow, backed by corny lyrics that are pure cult. But I leave it to the specialists of the occult to figure out where this is all heading.  

In its own geeky way, Tetragrammaton is remarkable.

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Insomnium – Winter’s Gate (2016) – Review

Record Rating: RockmusicRaider Review - 9 star rating  Apple Music Badge Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Review - Insomnium - Winter's Gate - Album CoverIt was one of those #metal moments! Winter’s Gate, Insomnium‘s 7th full length release, signed to Century Media Records 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. And what this would do to the reputation of Insomnium, who just proved their worth in their latest album Shadows of the Dying Sun.Got hooked? Raid this some more...