Myrkur – Myrkur (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Myrkur - Myrkur - Album CoverThou shalt not review old records, because it is a waste of your life energy! The 11th Commandment of a review blog. Right? But rulez are there to be broken – at least sometimes. So, let’s have a look at what was, before M graced us with its unholy presence. And yes, we will harken back in time to the beginnings of Myrkur and their self-titled EP. You heard that right. The very same band, who earlier last year – in 2015 – roughed up the Black Metal world real good. And she did that so well, Myrkur ended up at the top spot of RockmusicRaider’s 2015 Top Ten Records.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Kausalgia – Dreamquest (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Kausalgia - Dreamquest - Album CoverIn this tsunami of #metal bands out there trying to catch a spot in the limelight, you sometimes miss the promising ones moving up through its murky depths and focus on pieces floating before you already. Because you know: Those got promise, as they are well known, right? But do they really?

To top it, the Murky Ones are sometimes very difficult to pin down. Either they got an otherworldly style or are simply not quite refined yet. Meaning, they won’t get your immediate (and easy) attention as a reviewer, the way other bands can. And this is often a pity, ’cause we may miss hidden gems.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: AntimateriA ramps up the Amps!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - AntimateriA - Valo Aikojen Takaa - Album CoverWeren’t we just about done with Black Metal for 2016? I mean, with all the good stuff that already came our way, there could not be more, right?

Wrong!

The Norns at the roots of Yggdrasil were just laughing at me again and made another plan. By Loki! AntimateriA is the name of the plan and their new album Valo Aikojen Takaa is Thor’s Hammer so to speak. The disc just released beginning of September 2016, signed to Purity Through Fire RecordsAnd the band brings pretty sturdy, seldom seen #metal oomph to the party. 

So that is why Valo Aikojen Takaa made it onto the blog out of nowhere?

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Newsflash: Winterlore goes Self-Titled!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Winterlore - Winterlore - Album CoverFancy a juice dripping slice of Black Metal today? Look no further: Winterlore – signed to Slaughterhouse Records – and their self-titled sophomore album will deliver. The band features a corny, earthy and very varied brand of Black Metal just this side of ambient.

Melodic enough to please, but still sufficiently sticking to its unholy traditions without pissing off the fan crowd. Changing tempi, great riffing, some isolated solos and the sporadic use of unusual instruments – the flute for example – will not let you tire of the record. Add to that stellar rasps and some clear voice chorus lines and you got a very unholy brew that might just turn these crosses upside down. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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...