Vanha – Within the Mist of Sorrow (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Vanha - Within The Mist fo Sorrow - Album Cover2016 was a pretty good year for all things doom, methinks. RockmusicRaider just released a review on the US band Khemmis and their kind of progressive and melodious doomish self. And – whoom – here we go again. The fearless RMR scout team just unearthed a tasty morsel of a similar ilk from very late in 2016. But mostly delivered in best, growly Doom Metal fashion – with clear vocals and croaks expertly mixed. And the team here thought that the slowly chugging beat of My Dying Bride could not be bested. But the Swedish act Vanha with their début Within the Mist of Sorrow are a sure contender to do just that.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika - Album CoverThe things we missed in 2016. And it is 67 minutes of raw and corny metal issued by one of the most prodigious metal bands out there. The Finnish outfit Moonsorrow released their 7th full length album Jumalten Aika (The Age of Gods) last year. This after five years of wait, when many thought that nothing would be forthcoming anymore. And boy is this a peppered dish.

It is funny: I am hearing their sound described as Folk Metal a lot. Well, whenever I listen to their tune, I hear the mighty ogres marching towards the King’s castle, making their sounds of war. Nothing of the hurdy-gurdy heavy mess many of the Folk Metal bands are projecting these days. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

SIG:AR:TYR – Northen (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - SIG:AR:TYR - Northen - Album CoverSee, it is indeed possible. You can write a complex metal tune without building brick walls so high that you won’t hear yourself anymore. And it can be done with a hike to the epic mountain top without firing up the mighty cheese machine too. 

Speaking of which: Here is a contender to metal fame that renders Amon Amarth and their Viking friends awfully cheesy. We are speaking about SIG:AR:TYR and their newest metal contribution Northen. I never quite knew that Viking Metal adepts brandished their tune in good ‘ol Canada. Until I came across the bands last record Godsaga. It took them some very long six years to hit the metal waves of the North again.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Huldre – Tusmørke (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Huldre - Tusmørke - Album CoverLandscapes shrouded in fog, mystic swamps filled with goblins and dark, terrifying forests start at the Danish border. Right? Well, not to my knowledge. But if you listen to some of the tunes breezing over to us from Daneland, one could believe it. 

Indeed last year, the stellar, but pitch dark Black Metal contribution of Myrkur appeared out of nowhere and now Huldre comes along with songs from the twilight. And they even perform in a woody, leafy fashion on stage to top it. So, there you go, fits the forest theme, now does it? 

The fairies start flying once you start on Tusmørke! 

That and the trolls wrestling about on the forest floor.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Insomnium – Winter’s Gate (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Insomnium - Winter's Gate - Album CoverIt was one of those #metal moments! Winter’s Gate, Insomnium‘s 7th full length release finally arrived at my doorstep. And what do I find? One 40 minute monster track. Come again, they did what? What on earth are they noodling about? With trepidation we think back to similar attempts made by the likes of Pink Floyd and others way back in time when monstrous, rambling concoctions were fashionable.

And not many protagonists – with some  laudable exceptions – pulled these offerings off well enough to really impress the audience ever since. Let’s be honest. So, here I sat wondering what disaster loomed ahead in this new record.Got hooked? Raid this some more...