Totenheer – Die Schwarze Spinne (2020) – Review

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Will 2020 be the year of the storytellers?

We just covered Porta Nigra and their godly blackened airs early this year. Now, this time we came across Totenheer, literary specialists from Switzerland, it appears. But the theme they chose is one of those tales that I learned to appreciate over time.

Jeremias Gotthelf’s Die Schwarze Spinne (the black spider) practically lends itself for an Extreme Metal epic. Because it is a dark and evil story, seemingly written by the devil himself. One that ominously tells of a deal with Lucifer gone wrong. Complete with … [...] Click to raid more!

The Drowning – The Radiant Dark (2019) – Review

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I would never have believed it. We got Doom Death Metal bands out there that actually can put a smile on my face. Or at least a sad sneer or something. Because – guess what – with all that rampant doom, you cannot just descend into bliss. But you are condemned to weep in style. This is one ocean of heavily metallic tears rolling our way. Almost at funeral levels to boot.

The RMR blog already had its fair share of all things Death Metal this year, but boy this doom thing really booms in 2019. … [...] Click to raid more!

Totengeflüster – The Faceless Divine (2019) – Review

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Who works most in a band?

That’s right, the drummer. Especially metal drummers have a tough time keeping track of those often convoluted melodies. This leads to episodes like the misadventure of one Jukka Nevalainen, formerly of Nightwish. The man who lost all of his sleep over his mighty boom bins.

But worst off are the stick wielders of Black and Extreme Metal bands. That’s where folks often try to kill their bandmates with complicated drum patterns. It is of course also true that he or she work sitting down. But – boy – their … [...] Click to raid more!

Ty Morn – Istor (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Ty Morn - Istor - Album Cover Multi-talents. Masters of all trades, and jacks of none. There have been some real ones throughout the vast swathes of time. Leonardo da Vinci was one for instance, with all these paintings and inventions attributed to him. Mona Lisa still enigmatically greets us from many a publication – and the Louvre in France. But these inexplicable supermen and superwomen are very few and far between.

In music, you got them as well. Those lone warriors who want to go it alone and produce their very own records. Do it all, play it all, the self-made kind of guy. We covered [...] Click to raid more!