Khemmis – Desolation (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Khemmis - Desolation - Album CoverWe just covered the latest of King Goat, another (not so) new kid on the block in the Doom Metal multiverse. This band, together with players like Pallbearer – or again – Crypt Sermon served as a somewhat of a new breed of doomers. And by that token, these folks took the metal fan crowd by storm. Quite deservedly so, when looking at the overall quality of their combined tunes. Peaceville Three and Draconians of this world be gone.

The list would of course not be complete without Khemmis from the US. These boys were on a rapid-fire run down doom road until now. On a high of creativity, they got us Hunted in 2016 via 20 Buck Spin, just one short year after their début Absolution. A few raised eyebrows apart, Hunted indeed reached an amazing 8/10 on the RockmusicRaider rating scale of dread. Thus they got around this terrible sophomore cliff without too much effort. Sometimes waves of creativity are like tsunamis that wash these bands onto the shores of glory with none of the usual terrors. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Heilung – Lifa (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Heilung - Lifa - Album CoverYou know what pisses me off to no end? It is these people, who think that they have it down pat. They know everything, because – HEY – only they got the magic potion to the fucking omnipotent wisdom that holds the universe in one piece. Only THEY are in touch with Mother Earth and her mysterious vibrations. Right? RIGHT? Or is it not really a she, but a he. A blasphemous thought, ain’t it?

And then they tell us doughy westerners that we don’t get it, should anyone beg to differ. And squish all dissent quickly through censorship, because they can in this fleeting age of social networks and flimsy clicks. Yet by doing that, our all-knowing magisters risk to end up in their own echochamber populated by yaysayers.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

King Goat – Debt of Aeons (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - King Goat - Debt of Aeons - Album CoverThe 2016 record Conduit of King Goat already prominently featured on the RockmusicRaider blog. And all that despite of yours truly in a way. Because – at the beginning – I was not too amused with that snazzy new outpouring of doom. The record thus took its sweet time to mount in pressure and kinda reach the green zone. You know, the one that will get this reviewer to write a few words. But the band, somewhat to my surprise, finally succeeded with a pretty good rating.

Well, King Goat seem to be doomed for the same fate all over again, like some ghost that cannot move over to the other side. No pun intended – well, almost. Because the same ‘get outta here’ feeling got ahold of the RockmusicRaider deck crew when we finally got around to plug their new album in and start on it. Too much screaming at sound check will not make good music, was the first reaction. But then the record started to take on some volume, a certain unmistakable poise that will get you to listen further. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!