Surma – The Light Within (2020) – Review

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RMR just got hijacked by yet another unknown record. All leaves cancelled, and no refreshments until the review is live on the website.

You see, there is this guy from TÝR who – apparently – latched on to this young female Czech vocalist back in 20181). Yet another one with classical training, serious metal urges, and loads of promise.

So, they met and produced this band between themselves. Somewhat of a mix of Island Metal from the North, Dutch symphonics, and slightly Slavik accents.

Surma‘s The Light Within was indeed not really on the menu for … [...] Click to raid more!

Herbstschatten – Abschaum (2020) – Review

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Gaia good, humanity bad. So bad.

That’s how one could generalize the new record Abschaum (scum) of the German band Herbstschatten (autumn shadow). This seems to be a recurring theme often found in Germany and – indeed – further North, especially around Norway. Pun intended.

An expression of an apparent feeling of doom with more terrors still to come is pretty prevalent over there. With humanity being the scum that must be purged from the pristine swathes of earthy splendor. Or – at worst – everyone should start to live in huts in the forest all over again. … [...] Click to raid more!

Johnny and his outlaws get Burned Alive!

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The area around Toronto seems to spawn those down’n’dirty rock bands. Halfway stuck between some punky country origins and Southern Heavy Rock, they kinda hack away at their trade as if they actually originate from somewhere further down towards the equator where the warmth dwells.

RMR already featured some of them from the cold shores of Canada. Gotta be the desolate stretches of downtown Toronto that does that to them. But hey, we appreciate it. Because we like to go where the rock is mean and the lyrics rough.

So, here we got Johnny Nocash and The Celtic Outlaws who … [...] Click to raid more!

AC/DC – Power Up (2020) – Review

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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 wouldn’t have it any other way.… [...] Click to raid more!