Helrunar – Vanitas Vanitatvm (2018) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Helrunar - Vanitas Vanitatum - Album CoverNostalgia. The yearning for some long-vanished swathes of time. Events you once enjoyed, and somehow they still feel good today. And you (kind of) wish to travel back in time and be there again. The feeling is some sort of retroactive déjà-vu, a vague sentiment of useless comfort – most of the time. But in reality all of that is lost in the corridors of time. And will never, ever come back.

Or will it?

Because the German Black Metallers Helrunar serve a very special ritual with their 7th full length record Vanitas Vanitatvm (vanity of vanities). The record really digs about the dark corners of the Scandinavian Black Metal scene of the ’90s. Not quite wave one, but kind of there nonetheless. Hints of Burzum’s Filosofem, edges of Bathory, Gorgoroth or Mayhem. The list could go on. Ah, the memories of burning churches, murders in rival bands and one of the darkest hours in metal, if not one of the juiciest. Because Black Metal matured and really thrived after that, and still does to this day. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Meadows End – Sojourn (2016 / 2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Meadows End - Soujourn - Album CoverNow, imagine you would marry the evil twin of Nightwish to Insomnium and giving the female front of the former the boot first. You would in all probability beget a magic child called Meadows End.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Arkuum – Die Letzte Agonie (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Arkuum - Die Letzte Agonie - Album CoverAh, the famed theme of death, and of dying things in general. Much ink was spilt already on the fundamental truths of everybody’s life over the last centuries. That we are going to die is one of them. One day. No matter what, it’s going to happen.

In actual fact, we all try not to die and survive for yet another day since we were born. And as long as we possibly can, which is kind of a frightening prospect, come to think of it. And much more ink will be wasted until science finally finds the famed fountain of immortality. But then again, this may not be very good for humankind neither. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!