Arch Enemy – Will To Power (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Arch Enemy - Will To Power - Album CoverI confess. Sometimes I do look into the opinions other reviewers express. Not so much to gain specific word-by-word insight, but more to get a general drift of a record. Usually the sum of all parts gives you a pretty good idea where an album resides. It is a bit like Trip Advisor, where you get the gist of things from the overall rating. But not from the detailed wording of endless badly written and subjective comments.

For any record you will always find the fan boys and girls schmoozing the audience in glowing, sugary colors on the beauty of whatever is being discussed. And – in contrast – you will get the masters of grouch warming up, spewing their usual greenish bile. Yet, almost always the bitter truth sits somewhere in the middle.

Now in Arch Enemy‘s latest Will to Power an abyss just opened up. Black or white, the forces of evil pitched against the mighty powers of good. Where good is hardcore Melodic Death Metal and bad is the cheesy realms of the pop kings and queens. The divide between opinions is tremendous. So, it is with some trepidation that the RMR floor started on this new album from the master croakers from the North. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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. And by Loki, they took their sweet time delivering the goods. But now their début album Mørk Profeti – signed jointly to Dark Rituals and Satanath Records – will finally hit this very specific fan crowd with a vengeance.

NordWitch got into its unholy existence back in early 2015, still being of Ukrainian and Hungarian descent at that time. In the meantime, lineage has changed – I am told – and this is all now pure Ukraine.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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). Annie Perreault returns on horns and flute. Otherwise we got in the line-up: Jeremy Perkins and Sylvain Dumont on guitars, Barrie Butler torturing his vocal cords, Cesar Franco on bass and Luca Treviso on the remaining drums. 

Existing since 2010, the Montréal based band Éohum released their début Revelations, Aurora Of An Epoch in 2015, now followed by this EP in budding springtime 2016. The band emerged from a poetic project – a book – imagined by Jeremy Perkins and tries to emphasize today’s population’s lack of interest in past relationships with nature and our ancestral ways. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!