Vandor – On A Moonlit Night (2021) – Review

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The vast universe of Power Metal is populated by all sorts of strange folk. And sometimes I wonder why that is. Okay, I get their penchant for fantasy tales, but – boy – sometimes things move way too far into Lalaland. You get the unicorns in space, the beer guzzlers, them screamo dudettes on a mission1), or – again – the sweetish fondue makers.

And don’t get me wrong, all those performers are high-end professionals and they know the stuff they strut. Also, the RMR deckhands had a ton of fun already with some … [...] Click to raid more!

Vulture Lord – Desecration Rite (2021) – Review

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You might have guessed it. It is time to, yet again, descend into the darkened pit of diabolical lore and corpses BBQed on glowing tridents. On the menu are Vulture Lord, the band that remained without a major release for some 18 years since their second full studio record hit the airwaves. To top all that, this band pretty much is a leftover of the old Scandinavian Black Metal lore. After all, they did start in 1995 or so.

And – long after the demise of their former guitarist Trond Bråthen aka Trondr Nefas in 2012 – … [...] Click to raid more!

Vokonis – Odyssey (2021) – Review

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Okay, I confess. I am a sucker for great album covers. And Vokonis‘ new piece Odyssey just made me pick up that record by the sheer force of its art. A bird that is about to be swallowed by THE VORTEX1) with ethereal floating cities as companions? It’s as psychedelic as they come. And we loved every pixel of it.

Invitations to weirdo country with a soundscape on steroids full of spacey, psychedelic electronica. That’s what it suggests, right? Or is the vortex there to channel those annoying shouted vocals a bit better? Questions, and still more … [...] Click to raid more!

Valfreya – Promised Land (2017) – Review

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I am unsure where this somewhat morbid fascination with the history of marauding Norsemen going Viking comes from. After all, they invaded the homesteads of foreign populations, looted, killed, raped, and enslaved until there was no one left. And then they settled the lands for whatever it was worth. I believe the dwellers of the early English kingdoms would have a few stories to tell.

But here we are, and Viking Metal bands are legion these days. And let’s face it: Metal with all its dark facets is just perfect to describe yonder sea adventures and battles alike. RockmusicRaider already … [...] Click to raid more!