Meadows End – Sojourn (2016 / 2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Meadows End - Soujourn - Album Cover Now, imagine you would marry the evil twin of Nightwish to Insomnium and giving the female front of the former the boot first. You would in all probability beget a magic child called Meadows End.

Their style mixes the Scandinavian kind of Death Metal with not very subtle symphonic elements. And this gets us a sound that is pretty unique. Even if further influences like Omnium Gatherum, Amon Amarth and a tad of Wolfheart cannot be denied.

The Swedish Melodic and Symphonic Death Metal band Meadows End came into being way back [...] Click to raid more!

Arch Enemy – Will To Power (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Arch Enemy - Will To Power - Album Cover I 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 fanboys and girls schmoozing the audience in glowing, sugary colors on the beauty of whatever [...] Click to raid more!

Karkaos – Children of the Void (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Karkaos - Children of the Void - Album Cover I just started twirling Children of the Void from the Canadian band Karkaos. Well, hell’s bells, this beat hitting my sound system from the cold Atlantic shores seemingly delivers some déjà-vu mix of Avantasia and a healthy tot of SireniaA much more ballsy version, though, and Avantasia would have to come down from their lofty heights and add some serious friggin’ crunch to match that.

The enigma however lies in the supposed weakness of the metal during these first minutes. Because the Canadian metal and rock community usually does have a pretty vicious bite to it. [...] Click to raid more!

Rotting Christ – Rituals (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Rotting Christ - Rituals - Album CoverThe Greek act Rotting Christ is one of the outfits most rooted into the Black and Extreme Metal genres. Their ascent to unholy glory really took off with the renowned Triarchy of the Lost Lovers back in 1996. 

Now, before you start throwing eggs at me: There will undoubtedly always be those who will argue that Non-Serviam came first. But I was never overly impressed by this specific record. And yes, there are other players in the black magick universe from that epoch, too. Especially the more gritty ones from the North that took a liking to burning churches and [...] Click to raid more!