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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Amon Amarth – Jomsviking (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Amon Amarth - Jomsviking - Album CoverThe music really fits the theme. Even if they bemoan times long past and a mythology long out of fashion – the holy Roman church having taken over for some time now with some bloody vengeance too, by Loki. We are talking about Vikings and their doings, famous for invasions, violence and rape. This was a gore-laden time, but promising a lot of profit, if victorious. And they have been everywhere that could be reached on their little dragon boats. Perhaps the most famous actions being the invasions of the British isles back when the years were still counted in the hundreds and not the thousands.

The Swedish metallers Amon Amarth have been a stable brand in the Viking Metal genre, delivering a steady, if not somewhat repetitive, but always reliable mix of Death Metal infused Viking tales.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Vinterblot – Realms of the Untold (2016) – Review

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Vinterblot Realms of the Untold Album CoverImagine Apulia in Italy! Nice weather, good food, beach. But home of Black Metal with a Viking touch? Sounds kind of strange, but … yeah. Some of that is indeed to be found there. Vinterblot is joining us from Bari, the beautiful coastal city way down in the South towards the heel of the boot. And they just unleashed their newest full length record Realms of the Untold this early 2016. Looks like their Teutonic ancestors from long ago are still in their blood and genes somehow, letting loose their proverbial fury.

Slightly reminiscent to bands like Amon Amarth, they now managed to distinguish themselves and get to their own brand of #metal.Got hooked? Raid this some more...