Amon Amarth – Berserker (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Amon Amarth - Berserker - Album Cover Sometimes things just fit. At the time of the release of Berserker, Amon Amarth‘s 2019 epic, I was just reading the newest novel of Bernard Cornwell’s Viking series.

A perfect backdrop to a great story, whilst Johan Hegg growls about the English growing confused when faced with the berserkers of the Norse invaders. Back in time, way back in time.

And it is interesting how stamina and – for sure – authenticity will keep you on track with a style that did not change much over time. If anything, Amon Amarth will serve as a dead-certain value in [...] Click to raid more!

Dawn of Disease – Ascension Gate (2017) – Review

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Do 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 Melodic Death Metal 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Intermittent Digest – Tome IV

RockmusicRaider Reviews - Tome IVHowdy Fans and Friends!

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 [...] Click to raid more!

Stormtide – Wrath of an Empire (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Stormtide - Wrath of an Empire - Album Cover The Chinese are loose in the fantasy metal universe. Or are they? And how does this all fit into a Viking fighting longship, dragon head and all?

Well, it doesn’t.

The tune reaches us from down-under: The Aussie band Stormtide are hitting the world with their debut full-length album Wrath of an Empire. And it is all about that one old question.

How can you differentiate yourself from the Symphonic Death Metal and Fantasy Metal crowd out there?

Well, first, Stormtide sail dangerously close to Amon Amarth and Whispered. Then, mix this with an almost Amaranthe-esque use [...] Click to raid more!