Karkaos – Children of the Void (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Karkaos - Children of the Void - Album CoverI just started twirling Children of the Void from the Canadian band Karkaos. Well, hells 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 Sirenia. A 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. Even if it is relatively small on an international stage given the size of the place.  Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Dark Portrait – A Harrowing Atrocity (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dark Portrait - A Harrowing Atrocity - Album CoverWe kind of felt that this may turn out to be the unholy year of Black Metal. And – indeed – it proved black in more ways than one. Like the fucking 50 shades of gray gone very dark and blood-laden all of a sudden. We enjoyed Ritual Black Metal from the likes of Darkend. Loads of Atmospheric stuff coming our way too, which seems to be the new, sometimes almost sanitized blackened style of the day. Played a lot by dudes without corpse paint. And now Greek fire starts to get on our mutual radar screen.

And I kid you not: Dark Portrait joining us from Athens serve us with their début album A Harrowing Atrocity.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Meadows End – Sojourn (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Meadows End - Soujourn - Album CoverNow, 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 Gothenburg kind of Death Metal with some more symphonic elements, which saddles you with a sound that is pretty unique – albeit sprinkled with some Omnium Gatherum in places – and striking in its independence. And it is this sense of independence that is prevalent throughout the record, starting with the fact that no record label had its say in the production of Sojourn.

The Swedish Melodic and Symphonic Death Metal band Meadows End came into being way back by the end of the last century and kind of cruised the #metal underground for long years.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Arch Enemy – Khaos Legions (2011) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions - Album CoverScreech! Angela Gossow in full form and going strong, like an angry cheetah. Expertly delivering Melodic Death Metal at its best really is the specialty of Arch Enemy. And it just blasts you out of your reverie into paying attention of what is going on in your earphones.

The 2011 album Khaos Legions is the last one to date featuring Angela Gossow and Christopher Amott. Ironically, in 2014 the latter had to replace one of the guitarists leaving in a hurry in the midst of the War Eternal tour. But only temporarily until Jeff Loomis arrived in November of the same year to cover the rest. Chris is currently mainly busy with his off and on project ArmageddonGot hooked? Raid this some more...