End of Green – Void Estate (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - End of Green - Void Estate - Album CoverA Doom Rock and Metal avalanche currently thunders into this valley of woe where the fans dwell. It is big, scary and heavy on tears and sorrow. RockmusicRaider covered a score of them bands over time: Traditional outfits like My Dying Bride or again Vanha kind of hold the fort. Then you have the youngsters like Khemmis traipsing all over the hallowed established grounds of Doom Metal.

Then again you will find these sort of crossover bands that have enough doom in them to be called that, yet sit astride a score of other styles. The German band End of Green is one of those.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Zeit – Konvergenz (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Zeit - Konvergenz - Album CoverThe old provinces of Eastern Germany seem to be a hotbed for interesting bands of all kinds. Indeed of all things cultural – and beyond. And this goes for theatrical endeavours as well as music of all flavors.  The RockmusicRaider crew had the pleasure to cover special underground bands like Antyra from Leipzig already. You know, these guys with their rough and eerily weird, yet fascinating story-telling techniques. With an extremely epic, but very down-to-earth metal taste. I love them, but they are so out of the mainstream that not many of the RMR fans will follow. It is a special kind of geekery, I admit.

And – indeed – underground breeds more underground.

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Karkaos – Children of the Void (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Karkaos - Children of the Void - Album CoverI just started twirling Children of the Void from the Canadian band Karkaos. Well, hells bells, this beat hitting my sound system from the cold Atlantic shores seemingly delivers some déjà-vu mix of Avantasia and a healthy tot of Sirenia. A much more ballsy version, though, and Avantasia would have to come down from their lofty heights and add some serious friggin’ crunch to match that. The enigma however lies in the supposed weakness of the metal during these first minutes. Because the Canadian metal and rock community usually does have a pretty vicious bite to it. Even if it is relatively small on an international stage given the size of the place.  Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Hey Satan – Hey Satan (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Hey Satan - Hey Satan - Album CoverLet’s hop on a time machine. Back to the rocking ’70s, where the groove ran high and times were wild. A different brand of wild, compared to today, mind you. Where scratchy lyrics and lo-fi sounds were all the rage. Then throw in some Southern Rock for good measure. Oh, and break out those jeans, will ya. You know, the ones with them wide tubes and flowers stitched onto them. That groovy enough? Not quite yet, I agree. Because now we will need some substances. Any chemical of that era will do. And loads of cigarettes with bottles of bourbon – lots of bourbon. Now we are ready to burn down this fuzzy road into the sunset where the cacti dwell and the groove lives.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Noumena – Myrrys (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Noumena - Myrrys - Album CoverShould we call this the law of physics of metal music? Sometimes it appears that good Melodic Death Metal can only originate from the Finnish cold plains. The reason is probably buried somewhere in the wastes of the North up yonder. Mixed with the dark, icy weather breeding melancholy and a language that nobody understands but themselves. All this invokes an atmosphere that many bands know to exploit only too well. Just think about Insomnium or Wolfheart

But when it comes to doomish Melodeath with a beastly streak, the somewhat unknown band Noumena shines prettily on this lonely mound in the endless Finnish wilderness.Got hooked? Raid this some more...