Dawn of Disease – Ascension Gate (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dawn of Disease - Ascension Gate - Album CoverDo you know what makes Noumena‘s Myrrys stand out from the mean crowd? It is their knack for metal melody, stellar – and unexpected – female output and down-to-earth, bearish growling right out of the Melodic Death Metal textbook. On the other hand, their Nordic brethren Insomnium solemnly flood their atmospherically-laden Melodeath juices out of Winter’s Gate with abandon. Of course, these two do not even start to describe the variety of the Scandinavian Melodic Death Metal scene that originated from the cold Northern plains. And these days good outfits play in many places pretty much around the globe.

The German band Dawn of Disease just unchained their newest and 4th full length record Ascension Gate. German accent lathered tunes comfortably lull yours truly into a day-dream, from whence bigger, totally metal ideas of musical grandeur should spout. But, wait, what?  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Intermittent Digest – Tome IV

RockmusicRaider Reviews - Tome IVHowdy Fans and Friends! Yep! It is (already) time again for an update on what has been cooking at RockmusicRaider since Tome III. And there has been a lot of action, I can tell ya. It looks like Tome IV shows less influence of Black Metal and everything blackened. Even if this particular genre has whelped a few very good specimens worth mentioning. And I expect this to continue for the remainder of the year. But enough of this and let’s get down to what we got.

But first we take to the sea. The wild, cold sea. Rain drenched shores, ready to be invaded. Proud dragon-headed longships crawling with crazed, screaming RockmusicRaider Review - Amon Amarth - Jomsviking - Album Covervikings on the prowl. That is the blood-soaked fare the latest offering Jomsviking from Amon Amarth is saddling us with. The band clearly kept up the standard for themselves for this newest offering. But not only that: A rock solid theme – the saga of the Jomsviking – lent further spice to an already juicy soundscape. So, reviewing this record has been a real pleasure. And the album was good for football too (soccer, for you folks in the US). The RockmusicRaider household blasted Jomsviking during the European Championship in support of the viking team from Iceland. Very fitting – and they got far.

Then we moved and actually stayed in Italy for a while. Nice and sunny there and full of #metal. Fleshgod Apocalypse gave their corpse-like and – for sure – Machiavellian appearance for our pleasure with King.RockmusicRaider Review - Fleshgod Apocalypse - King - Album Cover I almost heard Lucrezia traipsing around in the background, when listening to their tune. And it is a mighty cauldron of stuff being thrown at us. So much so, that it almost veers off into the unmanageable. But they just about strung this together, managing to get a very complex, but also very decent record out to the fan crowd. The album is pretty hefty fare and you will need some time to get used to it. But – hey – this is really good stuff. You should try it one day.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Whispered – Metsutan: Songs of the Void (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Whispered - Metsutan - Album CoverSo, what have we here? Some sort of modern-time Hakkapeliitta yelling “Ei! Ei! Oh!” as they storm the stage? Scary! And it does not seem to fit, now, does it? This band is coming from Finland, not Japan. But then again it does: ‘Cause it’s called Samurai Metal, that’s what!

I must say, this piping hot and spicy miso soup Whispered have created with their third album Metsutan: Songs of the Void will hook you right from the beginning. In fact this somehow sounds like the latest of Insomnium gone East with a dose of Children of Bodom that just got itself an extra Power Metal injection. A refreshingly new version of Melodic Death Metal as we know it from the folks of Finland. All of this mostly delivered in unclean vocals, but some of select passages are actually coming through in clear voice.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!