Balfor – Black Serpent Rising (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Balfor - Black Serpent Rising - Album ReviewThe RockmusicRaider offices were literally flooded with Black Metal offerings of all 50+ shades and beyond in 2016. A trend to move towards the dark waters of the river Styx that we saw emerging already in late 2015. And which continues to this day. Indeed anything blackened was pretty much game and lots of it in stellar format. 

Now, 2017 already starts to shape up well. A first pitch black offering reaches us from the cold, cold steppes of the Ukraine. And it promises to be a juice dripping chunk of #metal. Or does it?

But to get there, it is now time to descend into the fiery pit of desolation!

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Sojourner – Empires of Ash (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sojourner - Empires of Ash - Album CoverPicture this: A kiwi band from Dunedin in New Zealand, now based in Scotland (of all places), sporting a Swedish frontman from Malmö. Meet Sojourner and their début full length album Empires of Ash.

Their tune is something like Jethro Tull got married to Clannad (ok, not #metal, I know) and then met Ashbringer. All that jazz placed into a landscape reminiscent of Caladan Brood and Summoning combined.

So, what empires await thee?

If you are looking for something to tell you what dwells on the disc, just check out the album cover first. But the album is not that predictable after all. Somewhat to my surprise, I found Atmospheric Black Metal at a very high level of quality.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Ashbringer – Yügen (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ashbringer - Yügen - Album CoverFirst add a part of Wilderun. Then take a measure of Caladan Brood, mix in a trifle of Summoning. Next forget about the drum machine of the latter two and replace their ever-present synthesizer with a real band. Not that the sophomore album Yügen from Ashbringer is devoid of synthesized elements, far from it. But compared to the highly electronically laden work of some Black Metal acts, this is music made by real people – if you get my drift. The fact that the band members are mostly still in their late teens is just another jaw dropping fact, looking at the very mature and professional approach they take to music. Got hooked? Raid this some more...