My Silent Wake – Damnatio Memoriae (2015) – Review

[Updated and newly published version]
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RockmusicRaider Review - My Silent Wake - Damnatio Memoriae - Album CoverDoom Metal is one of the most fascinating genres in the metal multiverse. Ranging from clear voice and female fronted outfits, like Draconian, over the Peaceville Three to the slow marches of Funeral Doom. And it is all about emotion. Some project tear-drenched sadness. And others again go for angry desolation, fueled by everyday issues and concerns.

And this is the emotional scale My Silent Wake project in their album Damnatio Memoriae. Doom Death Metal to be consumed with a pinch of desolation and powered by general anger, even fury. And they deliver it well.   

Damnatio Memoriae literally means Damnation of Memory in Latin.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

The Gentle Storm – The Diary (2015) – Review

[Originally posted on 30 August 2015]
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RockmusicRaider Review Gentle Storm The Diary - Album CoverHere I am going to hunt for once well outside my usual haunts and dark forests of yonder badlands, lost at sea – feeling like Jack Sparrow with his compass pointing nowhere. Landing back in spice trade nirvana, creaking planks and salted beef for supper. This new endeavour all started when I heard about a double-concept album called ‘The Diary’ coming out under the name of The Gentle Storm, featuring Anneke Van Giersbergen (long time ago with The Gathering, Townsend project and solo) as THE VOICE (okay, the vocalist…LOL) and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Stream of Passion).Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Phantasma – The Deviant Hearts (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Phantasma - The Deviant Hearts - Album CoverTo ease my Death Metal injured ears somewhat, I started listening to some loftier and softer stuff. And stumbled across a band called Phantasma belting out a seemingly Nightwish-esque tune on an album called The Deviant Hearts. The fact that the ever cute Charlotte Wessels (Delain) is the female front on this project really piqued my interest right away. Not because she is cute, but because she can sing and is one of the most respected professionals in the genre.

Interestingly, the project actually features three core band members. The remaining two: Georg Neuhauser (Serenity) and Oliver Philipps (Everon) – and they harmonize really well, which immediately shows in the quality they deliver.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Unleash The Archers – Time Stands Still (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Unleash The Archers - Time Stands Still - Album CoverTalk about boundless energy. I am listening to the 2015 3rd studio album Time Stands Still of Unleash the Archers. And holy shit, these guys are taking off like a fucking rocket on steroids. Only this is one of those hate/love affairs all over again. Something is rotten in this record that has received mostly positives to date. When frankly, it is not all infinitive bliss. Yeah, you heard that one right: It is technically flawless, but looking at it as the sum of all parts? Not so sure.

Unleash The Archers perform a brand of Power and Speed Metal that is for sure not as cheesy as some of the reviews I read were suggesting.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: VallorcH tell their tale in the newest album!

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RockmusicRaider Review - Vallorch - Until Our Tale is Told - Album CoverThe Italian Folk Metal band VallorcH released their sophomore full-length album Until Our Tale Is Told signed to Nemeton Records back towards the end of 2015. The band takes a more folksy Gothic approach to local themes, like the Cimbrian culture still existing in the highlands North of Venice, thus creating their very own brand of Folk Metal. Complete with a female front and growling provided by the male vocalist at every corner of the road. By comparison, other bands in the genre, for example their counterparts Kanseil and their latest album Doin Earde take a different, more medievally tainted route of the very same subject matter. Got hooked? Raid this some more...