Arkuum – Die Letzte Agonie (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Arkuum - Die Letzte Agonie - Album CoverAh, the famed theme of death, and of dying things in general. Much ink was spilt already on the fundamental truths of everybody’s life over the last centuries. That we are going to die is one of them. One day. No matter what, it’s going to happen.

In actual fact, we all try not to die and survive for yet another day since we were born. And as long as we possibly can, which is kind of a frightening prospect, come to think of it. And much more ink will be wasted until science finally finds the famed fountain of immortality. But then again, this may not be very good for humankind neither. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Summoning – With Doom We Come (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Summoning - With Doom We Come - Album CoverIt is interesting how fantasy novels draw Black Metal acts to them. Yet in truth, the tune they play is no ‘proper’ Black Metal anymore, if there ever was such a thing. Their theme morphed into some type of a sub-genre already some time ago. It remains blackened in a way, but definitely boasts that standalone, plasticky sound that fans will appreciate. A fantasy-laden musical landscape that these backyard studio metal bands exploit. And produce some sort of an over-exaggerated synthesizer-driven and almost artificial sound, decorated in dry, heaving rasps that became their trademark over the years.

Yet for some reason this formula really sticks. It portrays imaginary worlds of cold magic, wonder and epic battles that seem best expressed in lo-fi sounds that emerge straight from the misty lands they depict. And by preference with the heavy-duty drum machine on full display. In a cathedral, atmospheric setting with mighty pre-programmed riffs endlessly spooling off into the misty yonder. And you never know what lurks behind that hazy curtain that they paint so aptly.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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? [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!