Mighty Oaks – Howl (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Mighty Oaks - Howl - Album CoverSometimes the process of reckoning and reasoning @ RockmusicRaider is unfathomable. No rhyme nor reason seems to be apparent when it comes to record selection for the ever-important review list. The one that decides – sometimes on a whim – who’s gonna get on the blog. 

Then we sometimes enigmatically decide to cover older records first, before the new ones get a chance. Or we go for very old ones to boot; a Scorpions review just saw the light of day lately for instance. ‘Cause stubborn RMR does not listen to pop lore pundits, telling us to only cover same-year records. Or the world will stop and you will drop off.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Et Moriemur – Ex Nihilo In Nihilum (2014 / 2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Et Moriemur - Ex Nihilo in Nihilum - Album CoverSometimes records sit in the review pipe for no good reason for a very long time. And get passed over time and time again, just to be rediscovered more by accident than by design. This so happened with the Dying Ones from the Czech Republic. In 2014 Et Moriemur unleashed a pretty underrated Doom Metal album called Ex Nihilo In Nihilum via Solitude Productions. Just to get a re-issue very late in 2016 by Minotauro Records. So, why feature this album on the blog now, so very long after the fact?

First because they are good at what they do. There is no mistaking the doomish flavor in everything present on that disc. Et Moriemur adroitly mix contemporaries like My Dying Bride and Vanha with a whiff or early Tiamat. And they squeeze this bitter lemon of sorrow until there is no teardrop left to shed. Their melodies are well crafted with an abundance of hooks, riffs and solos, located in a lush soundscape where sorrow runs free. And you will have your fill: Proper Doom Metal, Funeral Doom, Doom Death Metal – all there.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Myrkur – Myrkur (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Myrkur - Myrkur - Album CoverThou shalt not review old records, because it is a waste of your life energy! The 11th Commandment of a review blog. Right? But rulez are there to be broken – at least sometimes. So, let’s have a look at what was, before M graced us with its unholy presence. And yes, we will harken back in time to the beginnings of Myrkur and their self-titled EP. You heard that right. The very same band, who earlier last year – in 2015 – roughed up the Black Metal world real good. And she did that so well, Myrkur ended up at the top spot of RockmusicRaider’s 2015 Top Ten Records.

Myrkur was already a big hype back in 2014!

At that time, nobody quite knew who was behind this supposedly female-led Black Metal act. This was – by the way – a pretty stiff marketing ploy orchestrated by Relapse Records. And in line with many of these elusive Black Metal outfits out there, playing fucking mystery-man hide-and-seek for a living.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!