Leaves’ Eyes – Sign of the Dragonhead (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Leaves' Eyes - Sign of the Dragonhead - Album CoverI am sitting in a bar with some friends. Nice, dark and cool it is in here, some chicks lounging not far away at a table. Fatty finger food and caloric drinks galore that will wreak havoc with my jelly-belly. But hey, the brain likes fat and sugar, so here we go. Downright comfy, right?

If only there wasn’t just that annoying background music. Like a cold drizzle out in the boonies, always there, but never quite present. Soulless soundbites without effect, created in the cold embrace of robots and synthesizers with some dude tweaking some buttons. I guess to give these heartless electronics some groove, yet it never gets there. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Summoning – With Doom We Come (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Summoning - With Doom We Come - Album CoverIt is interesting how fantasy novels draw Black Metal acts to them. Yet in truth, the tune they play is no ‘proper’ Black Metal anymore, if there ever was such a thing. Their theme morphed into some type of a sub-genre already some time ago. It remains blackened in a way, but definitely boasts that standalone, plasticky sound that fans will appreciate. A fantasy-laden musical landscape that these backyard studio metal bands exploit. And produce some sort of an over-exaggerated synthesizer-driven and almost artificial sound, decorated in dry, heaving rasps that became their trademark over the years.

Yet for some reason this formula really sticks. It portrays imaginary worlds of cold magic, wonder and epic battles that seem best expressed in lo-fi sounds that emerge straight from the misty lands they depict.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

River of Souls – The Well of Urd (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - River of Souls - The Well of Urd - Album CoverDon’t we like the old deities at RockmusicRaider. Those that existed before the nailed god and his ailing airs sucked all fun out of life. Back in time when Yule ruled strong with feasting and a sacrifice or two on the menu. 

Sturdy tales galore of gods and their brethren out to commit mischief and strange actions of all types. Odin on Sleipnir (his horse), Njord, Yggdrasil and the three Norns living in the roots of the tree of life. All this fed by the Well of Urd at the source of it all. Complicated, huh? This may be so, but the old ones were definitely much more interesting than the current occupants of the godly throne.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Moonspell – 1755 (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Moonspell - Album CoverDo you know what I really had to get used to? A Moonspell disk all in Portuguese – with some Latin thrown in for good measure. But then, it fits the theme, doesn’t it? The record tells a story of the massive 1755 earthquake that ravaged Lisbon that same year. And – believe it or not – this still resonates with parts of the Portuguese population to this day. As to the RockmusicRaider sprawling officescape, we do like a theme-based album any time of the day. Because – usually – those get us the juiciest metal dishes to taste from. 

You need to give the band credit too: Each new Moonspell album comes with a different flavor to feed on their Dark and Gothic Metal urges.Got hooked? Raid this some more...