The Vicious Head Society – Abject Tomorrow (2017) – Review

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I already was a big fan of the complicated sound compilations of Progressive Rock and Metal way back in time, when music was only fun and games. Seriously. And I am not only thinking of the early ones in the ’70s, but also of what happened later in the ’80s, when AC/DC and the NWoBHM rocked, yet the progressive folks kind of dwelled at the edge of this particular swamp of their own making.

Just transport yourself way back to bands like Styx, the early Kansas, the corny old offerings of Yes or the flute invested utterings of early Jethro Tull.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

My Silent Wake – Damnatio Memoriae (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - My Silent Wake - Damnatio Memoriae - Album CoverDoom Metal is one of the most fascinating genres in the metal multiverse. Ranging from clear voice and female fronted outfits, like Draconian, over the Peaceville Three to the slow marches of Funeral Doom. And it is all about emotion. Some project tear-drenched sadness. And others again go for angry desolation, fueled by everyday issues and concerns.

And this is the emotional scale My Silent Wake project in their album Damnatio Memoriae. Doom Death Metal to be consumed with a pinch of desolation and powered by general anger, even fury. And they deliver it well.   

Damnatio Memoriae literally means Damnation of Memory in Latin.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Valfreya – Promised Land (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Valfreya - Promised Land - Album CoverI am unsure where this somewhat morbid fascination with the past history of marauding Norsemen going Viking comes from. After all they invaded the homesteads of foreign populations, looted, killed and enslaved until there was no one left. And then settled the lands for whatever it was worth.

But here we are and Viking Metal bands are legion these days, thriving in an ever increasing genre. And let’s face it: Metal with all its dark facettes is just perfect to describe yonder sea adventures and battles alike. RockmusicRaider already covered a score of Viking Metal bands, if you can call them that. Amongst which you will find the famous ones like Amon Amarth or the Canadians from SIG:AR:TYR.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Empty Trail – Bare (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Empty Trail - Bare - Albume CoverThe RMR crew very rarely issue a full review for an EP. There are exceptions of course, but those are few and far between. A feat that the US-based multi-instrumentalist Rick Lambert of Empty Trail pulled off with his earlier 2014 record Hollow Hearted. And deservedly so, rugged quality and all. This of course kept us interested in more rocky delights from this specific neck of the woods. And – lo and behold – here we are with new material ready to be reviewed.

Now, all things evolve and so does Empty Trail. It is only in 2016 that the band released the début full length album BareGot hooked? Raid this some more...

Sons ov Omega – Reign (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sons ov Omega - Reign - Album CoverToday I would like to lose a few words on a fascinating and intriguing record. Something stuck between early Tiamat (the band), the dark reckoning of Moonspell and the hungry urges of Darkend. It boasts a gothic tinge, just enough to remind you of where it could be, yet it is not quite there. You will find dark hints of eternal nights, weird-headed gods and inklings of dark, bloody rituals. Of atrocious devilry in long forgotten cities. Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fthagn! As they say, don’t they?

Sons ov Omega formed already back in 2012, but unchained their début full length album Reign only in 2017.Got hooked? Raid this some more...