Newsflash: Narbeleth take the chains off Indomitvs!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Narbeleth - Indomitvs - Album CoverAre you in the mood? Because you must be in the mood for this. Yes? Well then, follow me down that blackened tunnel to the spot where Narbeleth lustfully indulge in their Black Metal tune. The band’s newest album Indomitvs just delivers whatever my black metal heart desires this dark morning. Right up there with the likes of Batushka‘s Litourgyia or the ritualistic Darkend.   

Their menu: Traditional Black Metal in all its unholy Northern splendor. And this without a lot of the current-day theatrics that we have to put up with. At least this is the first impression. Because the band adds some pretty discreet, yet decently hot spice to their toxic brew.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: On Top gets Top Dollar!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - On Top - Top Dollar - Album CoverWasn’t I just cruisin’ along these older and newer Hard Rock and Heavy Metal records? Boring down well-worn wormholes to them offerings always does my soul good. And stellar rock and metal they used to produce and still do to this day.

So, surfing about my review pipeline later I came across a sound reminiscent to what I just heard. On Top is their name and their new EP Top Dollar is their game. And by Jove, they come along with a remarkable swagger, throwing their Heavy Metal and Hard Rock infused rock’n’roll at you with a vengeance. A fair dose of Iron Maiden, some (and only some) thrashy snazziness of Metallica and a hint of Dio.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Video: As Hope Welcomes Death by Gone In April!

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RockmusicRaider Video - Gone In April - Threads of Existence - As Hope Welcomes DeathDo you remember Gone In April? Back in 2016 the US/Canadian band unchained their sophomore album Threads of Existence. A sturdy, yet dark Gothic and Symphonic Metal piece that garnered quite some attention in the RockmusicRaider officescape.

Well, they continued to work on their material and just unlocked the doors to their new video As Hope Welcomes Death – located at mid-point in the track list. Shot in a pretty dramatic, action-laden World War II inspired setting, the clip captures the essence of the track really well. A great screen performance, combined with a sound that fits the action. Well done!

‘Nuff said, check it out:

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Newsflash: Funeralglade begin some funeral!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Funeralglade - May The Funeral Begin - Album CoverThis one really rocks. But in a lost identity, total head-banger kind of way. And I am confused. Because the Finnish boys from Funeralglade got a label of Melodic Death Metal stuck to themselves, they said. Of the Northern kind, they said. 

Yet out comes something called May The Funeral Begin. The RMR crew had to descend to the basement and let the big boxes rip. And in the process detected a mix of Arch Enemy, a hint of crabby Abbath and NordWitch. So, something blackened yet melodic and totally metal, kind of simmering in the dark abysses of their very special version of Hel.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Video: Deviser feature Black Mass with Sakis Tolis!

RockmusicRaider Video - Deviser - Black Mass - Howling FlamesSometimes marriages actually do work. Deviser – the Greek Black Metal band – and Sakis Tolis from Rotting Christ teamed up and released this tasty little video called Black Mass. All this ably supported by Sleaszy Rider Records

Whilst a bit simplistic and repetitive on structure, the raw Black Metal power and inherent melodic elements exert a pull that will make you come back for more. And don’t we like this kind of flavor. Dark, sinister and very ritualistic – with a hint of delicious evil just lurking around the corner, somewhere in the dark shadows behind the altar.

That said, the RockmusicRaider crew looks forward to the release of Deviser‘s upcoming EP Howling Flames.Got hooked? Raid this some more...