Noumena – Myrrys (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Noumena - Myrrys - Album CoverShould we call this the law of physics of metal music? Sometimes it appears that good Melodic Death Metal can only originate from the Finnish cold plains. The reason is probably buried somewhere in the wastes of the North up yonder. Mixed with the dark, icy weather breeding melancholy and a language that nobody understands but themselves. All this invokes an atmosphere that many bands know to exploit only too well. Just think about Insomnium or Wolfheart

But when it comes to doomish Melodeath with a beastly streak, the somewhat unknown band Noumena shines prettily on this lonely mound in the endless Finnish wilderness.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Eluveitie – Everything Remains (As it Never Was) (2010) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Everything Remains (as it never was) - Album CoverThe 2010 and 4th full length album Everything Remains (As it Never Was) from the Swiss Pagan Metal band Eluveitie clearly is an improvement over the already pretty good former production Slania. And yep, I know, there was Evocation I in between. But hey, time will tell if I will review that one as well. In time.

This new record is much more melodious, but still fosters enough aggressive Melodeath underlaying its core to convince. And they deliver their tune in an improved, but still decidedly own household style and brand. On this record we can actually hear the hurdy-gurdy (hello and welcome, Anna), fiddles and the flutes.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Kings of Moonshine – Iron River (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Kings of Moonshine - Iron River - Album CoverJust think about alt-country and good ol’ root music. Staunch, country-fare American sounds pouring out of your loudspeakers. Lost down in Tennessee, boozed up by too much moonshine, but still good enough to enjoy on a hot summer evening. Then again punkish lo-fi pseudo rock’n’roll aesthetics served on a Southern Comfort laced platter of a full Southern Breakfast.

And clearly sometimes the lines between some sort of desert-tinged rock, punk and real country are blurred and there’s trouble really getting a grip on the genre. Especially if we get disconnected country boys or established chansonniers calling in to state that they are now part of the movement.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Pallbearer – Heartless (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Pallbearer - Heartless - Album CoverDo you remember Khemmis and their 2016 album Hunted? Or King Goat‘s Conduit of that same year? These are powerful pieces of doom, saturated with a flow of tears that these guys kicked out onto the market. Both records have that tendency to keep your attention, even if a certain annoying lengthiness and over-complicated structures are inherent to them. But still powerful stuff nonetheless, ain’t it? This movement towards new doom horizons seems to be the sign of the time with a number of talented newbies coming on board to take over the doom universe from the old guard. And many of them come from the good ‘ol US of A.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Alestorm – No Grave But The Sea (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Alestorm - No Grave But The Sea - Album Cover“Rum, beer, quests and mead. These are the things that a pirate needs!” By Davy Jones’ beard, only one band throws a chorus line like that at the audience. And only one can be reviewed whilst under the influence without a ticket from grammar police. These are the alcohol guzzling sea dogs of Alestorm. Let’s face it: When Christopher Bowes and his gang of merry pirates have another go at a record, fun and cheap booze are on the menu. And their 5th full length album No Grave But The Sea is absolutely no different. So, uncap your bottle, pour and unleash the metal waves rolling in from pirate country.Got hooked? Raid this some more...