Sojourner – The Shadowed Road (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Sojourner - The Shadowed Road - Album CoverDamn, the RMR deck crew is late again. So very late. Late to the game of catching the best albums of any one year. And sometimes, this is a pity.

Because some of those records might (just might) have made it onto the Top 10 of the year in question. I could now drone you to despair by making you listen to all these reasons why this happened or not. But, bugger it. Ain’t important no more.

The Shadowed Road of Sojourner would be one of those records. A record driven by a band with a purpose. And – [...] Click to raid more!

Marianas Rest – Ruins (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Marianas Rest - Ruins - Album Cover“I had a dream, which was not all a dream”!

Ruins of Marianas Rest starts with a monologue that moves you out into space. One that Carach Angren could not have done better. And – truly – the tune and story also keeps you hostage to all sorts of horrors.

Only here, we have troubles of the mind that are at stake. Internalized terrors that somehow surface, when you least expect them. And not miscellaneous war crimes, or other horrifying dark urges.

But first and foremost, my question was: Where in Hel’s name do these solemnly marching metal sounds [...] Click to raid more!

Aephanemer – Prokopton (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Aephanemer - Prokopton - Album CoverProkoptonThe path of the stoic. I kinda like that in context with Aephanemer. Already their 2016 piece Memento Mori showed the advanced skills of this band and – for sure – of lead guitarist Martin Hamiche. The latter record indeed was already a pretty good album in itself, but it did have its moments. And certainly a lot of air still to fill.

Now, here I find these French metallers stoically walking down that path of their own making with their newest record.

And in truth, Prokopton really and powerfully reaffirms the status quo. You won’t [...] Click to raid more!