Finsterforst – Mach Dich Frei (2015) – Review

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We covered Mach Dich Frei of Finsterforst already in 2015 for the first time. With the new record looming and RockmusicRaider with more than 510 posts under our belt, we decided to have another go at all that goodness. At these epic sounds reaching us from the – supposedly – darkest of all forests.

In the meantime, the RMR deck crew even insisted to cover Rastlos, which we quite enjoyed. So, something must be good with these folks, right?

This will also stop the endless confusion of Googlebot that did not know where to turn, once it hit the … [...] Click to raid more!

The Gentle Storm – The Diary (2015) – Review

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Here I am going to hunt – for once – well outside of my usual haunts and dark forests of yonder badlands. Lost at sea, like Jack Sparrow with his compass pointing to nowhere. And this lands us back in spice trade nirvana, with creaking planks, and salted beef for supper. 

This new endeavor all started when I heard about a double-concept album called The Diary. Released under the name of The Gentle Storm, featuring Anneke Van Giersbergen (a long time ago with The Gathering, Devin Townsend, Ayreon, and solo) as the vocalist, and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Stream of [...] Click to raid more!

Denigrate – Hollowpoint (2015) – Review

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Soft music playing and a voice goes: In times past there lived a king and queen of the Ancient Metal Kingdom who said to each other every day of their lives: “If only we had a metal child!”.

And yet, they had none. One day, the queen was bathing and an ugly frog with a Motörhead tattoo came out of the water, leered at her, and said drooling: “Thy wish shall be fulfilled. If you kiss and cuddle me, oh succulent one, thou shalt witness my transformation and get a child.”

She did, and SMACK BOOM there it was. Denigrate from Finland just reincarnated [...] Click to raid more!

Batushka – Litourgyia (2015) – Review

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Da Pacem Domine?

For sure not in Batushka‘s first studio record Litourgyia. This album is going to get worse as it progresses. And it has this friggin’ tendency to keep you on your toes, and not grant you one tranquil moment to calm down and contemplate your situation.

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And I quote: “Band members are unknown, but they are from well-known bands.” We are told that the band is – supposedly – from Poland. And this fits and it does not bode well. There’s trouble looming over the horizon. Which is – of course – exactly what we [...] Click to raid more!