Alkerdeel – Slonk (2021) – Review

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I just finished writing a review that shall appear in the future. And I admit, it didn’t go well. Same as Alkerdeel‘s Slonk, this other record also advocates a mixture of sludge and doom, lost in ethereal wailings, muted riffs, and beastly drums. Only, it just doesn’t click, nor does it convey oomph or passion.

But Alkerdeel here truly deliver a ferocious brand of their very unique metal moonshine. And this on a bed of more or less authentic Black Metal vibes. A style that seems to fit the theme better than what others chose as their … [...] Click to raid more!

Abiotic – Ikigai (2021) – Review

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Ah, yes. The blood-soaked, often ice-cold lands of the Japanese isles. Rich in history and home to many a myth, martial arts, and intricate rules that are hard to fathom by our mushy Western minds.

It is with this somber world of ninjas and samurais, bloody battles, and bloodthirsty monsters that the undead of Abiotic hit our review pipe. And hit it hard with a Tech Death piece that made us sit up straight after the first few beats.

That’s pretty unusual, by the way. Our relationship with this genre has always been contentious at best. Because quite often, … [...] Click to raid more!

Arrayan Path – The Marble Gates of Apeiron (2020) – Review

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Surprise reigned supreme at the RMR office suite when we discovered all those pretty sturdy bands that roam the limited reaches of the island of Cyprus. Lots of Power Metal, Thrash, and some genuine Punk Rock already crossed our hawse over the years. And that’s pretty wild. All that makes me wanna go visit there and mingle with the metal crowd a bit. But – alas – I can’t these days.

Arrayan Path1) suffered our scrutiny for some time now. The band, led by the Leptos brothers, that churns out these spiffy refrains just fascinates us. And … [...] Click to raid more!

AC/DC – Power Up (2020) – Review

Last updated on 1 January 2021

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It’s jolly good that RockmusicRaider‘s scope is wider than the old gods allow. To cover metal, rock, and folk in one giant sweep indeed gives us leeway larger than the swagger of Mick Jagger. So, in this sense, we can easily take on pieces that were not forged in the steely metal mills that other reviewers oblige themselves to operate in.

Instead, we can freely go to those places where rock’n’roll is still dirty, blazing hot, and the lyrics are steamy. Of a time-tested brand that never really changes. And we … [...] Click to raid more!