Newsflash: In Communion with Vvon Dogma I!

RockmusicRaider Newslfash - Vvonn Dogma I - Communion - Album CoverThe RockmusicRaider offices just love those jewels all of a sudden ejected from the nameless masses of music creations. Like some sort of magic volcano gone to the other side. And specifically tasty are those bands that consciously and purposefully defy styles and currents. By this definition they threaten to become their very own genre – a victim of their own success if you will. We had them before on RockmusicRaider with bands like Dirty Sound Magnet and their self-declared modus operandi aptly named Creative Rock. 

Into this category fall the eccentric geeks of the Canadian band Vvon Dogma I and their début EP Communion. Why would we call them that? First, look at the gear they wield: A 9-string Frankenstein bass, an 8-string electric guitar, synths, violins, acoustics and rumbling drums. 

Then, they move at 300 mph, full steam ahead in a wild mix of Progressive, Avant-Garde, Experimental and Psychedelic Rock and Metal. Fill this up with some insane shredding on a bass no less and an unholy use of djents to put Leprous and Haken to shame. Plus a number of gothic stereotypes thrown in for good measure. And by Odin, you’ll even find some post-disco elements that in the context of this overall madness even feel good. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Myrkur – Mareridt (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Myrkur - Mareridt - Album CoverAmalie Bruun and her alma mater Myrkur are on the loose again. I can already hear the haters’ black tongues wagging away at her metal credentials. “Pop girlie gone Black Metal has no reason to exist…” – and so on and so forth. Nonetheless she does exist and gains maturity as her endeavor soars along these icy, black and dreary landscapes. She started off with a first self-titled EP that already sent some shock waves all about the metal planet.

M – the début full length album – raised expectations for future offerings big time. And it is against this winner of the 2015 Top 10 Records that Mareridt measures against. A mighty task as always, and I wonder if the record will cut it.

To add insult to injury, Myrkur faces this dangerous booby trap of the dreaded sophomore full length album. Many bands shipwrecked badly on that cliff after a stellar début. And again: It is expectations – imagined or real – that drive fan acceptance. Also, a somewhat cloudy and subjective idea of what ‘improvements’ consist of. To that point, most bands feel the urge for dramatic change at some time. Lest all things will be lost and the audience will throw them to the wolves. Right? [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Dodecahedron – Kwintessens (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Dodecahedron - Kwintessens - Album CoverSomething creates dark, foreboding atmospheres. Cold empty spaces filled with noisy dissonance to chill your soul with frozen hydrogen. And no doubt you need this type of a wall of sound if a record takes off with something called The Culling of the Unwanted of the Earth. Equally if the main actor goes by the name of ‘The Entity’. By Loki!

Dark and grey, a landscape of bleak winds howling through the low-lying mists. The mists that just about hide the sharp-toothed monsters within. Well, hells bells, quite a piece of work, now ain’t it? In truth Kwintessens of Dodecahedron got dissed swiftly and banned to a far corner of the RMR offices for a few months. The crime? Exaggerated dissonance at an unknown scale. Only to come back to haunt us these dark days of the unholy year of 2017. Because it finally dawned on the RMR crew that this record is indeed worth the waste of a few drops of (very) black ink. And fuck you, band, now you made RMR listen to sick shit like Deathspell Omega and Akhlys all over again. Only yours is so much better. Well, go figure – I thought the latter were good already. 

Kwintessens – the band’s sophomore album – will try to drive you insane straight from note numba one. The record displays this type of geekery that usually will get the band and their unholy production thrown out of the room and swiftly deleted from any and all sound devices. But then again, this is a visceral record. The THING that talks to the darkest abode of your dying soul. And it is this dark thing in all of its terror-laden splendor that lets you plod on with the record. The story those lyrics tell fits with the music perfectly too – and it is equally dark and foreboding.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!