Balfor – Black Serpent Rising (2017) – Review

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

Now, follow me to the realm of the beast and meet Balfor. Just be … [...] Click to raid more!

Sojourner – Empires of Ash (2016) – Review

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Picture 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 debut 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 disk, just check out the album cover first. But the album is not that predictable after all. [...] Click to raid more!