SIG:AR:TYR – Northen (2016) – Review

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See, it is indeed possible. You can write a complex metal tune without building brick walls so high that you won’t hear yourself anymore. And it can be done with a hike to the epic mountain top without firing up the mighty cheese machine, too. 

Speaking of which: Here is a contender to metal fame that renders Amon Amarth and their Viking friends awfully cheesy.

We are speaking about SIG:AR:TYR and their newest metal contribution Northen. I never quite knew that Viking Metal adepts brandished their tune in good ol’ Canada. Until I came across the band’s last record Godsaga. It took them some very long six years to … [...] Click to raid more!

Huldre – Tusmørke (2016) – Review

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Landscapes shrouded in fog. Mystic swamps filled with goblins, and dark terrifying forests that start at the Danish border.

Right? 

Well, not to my knowledge. But if you listen to some of the tunes breezing over to us from Daneland, one could believe it. 

Indeed last year, the stellar, but pitch dark Black Metal contribution of Myrkur appeared out of nowhere. And now Huldre comes along with songs from the twilight. And they even perform in a woody, leafy fashion on stage to top it. So, there you go, fits the forest theme, now does it? 

The fairies start flying once you start on Tusmørke! 

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Dark Portrait – A Harrowing Atrocity (2016) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Dark Portrait - A Harrowing Atrocity - Album CoverWe kind of felt that this may turn out to be the unholy year of Black Metal. And – indeed – it proved black in more ways than one. Like the fucking 50 shades of gray gone very dark and blood-laden all of a sudden.

We enjoyed Ritual Black Metal from the likes of Darkend. Loads of Atmospheric stuff coming our way too, which seems to be the new, sometimes almost sanitized blackened style of the day. Played a lot by dudes without corpse paint.

And now Greek fire starts to get on our mutual radar screen.

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Darkher – Realms (2016) – Review

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To be metal or not to be, ’tis the question. We are speaking about the début full-length album Realms of the (almost) one-woman show Darkher aka Jayn H. Wissenberg. And it is – at first – a difficult proposition.

Just to find yourself later in a doomish soundscape that clearly smacks of metal, apart from the airy, atmospheric, almost folk-laden look and feel this album presents to you. I cannot but be reminded of Myrkur and their latest album M or the weary wails of Loreena McKennitt, both dwelling in the ethereal realm, same as this one. Of course, the [...] Click to raid more!