NordWitch – Mørk Profeti (2016) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Nordwitch - Mork Profeti - Album CoverTo stand out from this vast Death Metal populace is hard. Real hard. I usually find an endless procession of coequal black-clad Death Metal outfits of all flavors on my promo list. All of those trying to sell the same bland soup all over again. Jockeying for position in a genre that somehow lost a lot of its lustre over time. And then there are those bands that are able to just give you this trifle added spice.

NordWitch is one of them. Back in January of this year, the band already got on the RockmusicRaider radar. And a really promising radar blip it was. Only to disappear again for long months, despite the promise that a #metal record should indeed be forthcoming shortly. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Canadian Black Metallers Éohum attack again in March!

Éohum - Ealdfaeder - Album CoverWhoa! Somebody is fucking with my brain! Just listening to the streamer screamer extract The Apathetic Plague from Éohum‘s latest EP Ealdfaeder due out on 18 March 2016 via Mycelium Networks. And they are going deep down. Deep, deep down to the essence of Black Metal with a somewhat doomish and atmospheric tinge. Then out of the black abyss they hit you with some Progressive elements in their tune. By doing so Éohum create their very own brand in this vast Black Metal universe. Well, by Thor’s mighty hammer, not bad.

Ealdfaeder features guest drummer Simon Mackay on a few select tracks (The Agonist – Alissa White-Gluz’s old nemesis). Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Kamelot – Haven (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Kamelot - Haven - Album CoverKamelot! The name sends you echoes of mystical events way back in time. To King Arthus’ court of the round table of valiant knights. An epic era much shrouded in fabulously famous legends of all kinds. And here we are expecting something stellar around these lines – metal at its best.

And I am getting something that somehow sounds like it, but it just does not quite feel right. Epica made the same mistake lately with their 2014 disc The Quantum Enigma – the overdone turkey one, with too much gravy. Too much over-compressed bombast, too many instruments to play with. Overproduced to hell – you name it. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Delain – The Human Contradiction (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Delain - Human Contradiction - Album CoverWell, how to classify Delain‘s latest concoction The Human Contradiction? Still Delain, but a more sanitized, more mainstream version of their former, fresher self. And with former I mean before the album We are the Others that got itself a bit too much into the Pop Rock arena for its own good.

Their 2014 and 4th studio album The Human Contradiction very much reminds oneself of the look and feel of the latest Within Temptation development, but – perhaps – this is way too simplistic. Methinks that they actually did better than Within Temptation‘s Hydra, which is and ever will be a mediocre record.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Arch Enemy – War Eternal (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Arch Enemy - War Eternal - Album CoverI know, okay? You hardcore fans would like to have Angela Gossow back, but you know what? Ain’t gonna happen and Alissa White-Gluz is pretty good and spits these lyrics out quite aggressively herself.

Young and cute Alissa was hand-picked (so I am told), whisked unceremoniously away from her old gig The Agonist by Angela to take over after her departure from active duty. Angela still appears to remain the manager of the band, though. And hey, if you want Angela, just switch back to albums like Khaos Legion, which is a pretty cool piece of work by itself.

The new front combined with the kind of oldie, but goldie stellar riffs and solos on this album, renders a pretty good mix of good, old Melodic Death Metal.Got hooked? Raid this some more...