Carach Angren – Where Corpses Sink Forever (2012) – Review

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Epic. This denomination sometimes comes to mind for records in genres like Symphonic Metal. But very often with a pretty negative connotation attached to it. 

Because time and again, many of those bands really go way over board with whatever it is they try to achieve. To the point of an identity crisis full of molten cheese, where these outfits cannot decide if they want to be an opera or not.

Now, to project such a prodigious award on an Extreme Metal or Black Metal band is relatively rare. The epic label is not unheard of neither. But you’d often [...] Click to raid more!

The Riven – The Riven (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - The Riven - The Riven - Album CoverThis groovy grind was already visible when The Riven released their 2017 blurb Blackbird. This good ‘ol whiskey fueled rock, filled with stoner-esque pleasures to the brim. The good old times of sensual rock suddenly beckoning you all over again.

You do find them still, them bands with a style that kinda went out of fashion many years ago. But not so often anymore. Dirty Sound Magnet in their old incarnation was one. Or again Last Bullet or Hey Satan with their grouchy, stony beat.

But a band sounding like a mix of the gravelly voice of vocalists like [...] Click to raid more!

Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy – The Lord Ov Shadows (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy - The Lord Ov Shadows - Album CoverWhy is it that these Extreme Metal outfits always have that need to wear out their drummer? Overly elaborate drum patterns will just work them into a heart attack.

Just watch some of the videos that start with the stick wielder and their pained expression. So far I have seen none really with a heavenly smile on their faces. And to add insult to injury, I openly heard some bands joking about that, by the way.

You’ll mostly find that situation in these epically charged and overly bombastic works of operatic Symphonic Metal. And with those bands living in pseudo [...] Click to raid more!