Intermittent Digest – Tome V

RockmusicRaider Editorial - Tome VIt is high time for a new update of the latest state of affairs and exciting findings on the RMR website. Many months have elapsed since Tome IV came aboard and the 2016 Top 10 saw the light of day. The mighty post count now is way beyond the three hundred mark and a new logo was unleashed. RMR has just a few days ago gone fully secure on this virus infested internet, too. That is something the IT security officer was nagging us about for some time – and rightly so. 

Last year however the RockmusicRaider deck crew experienced a massive slowdown of output to the trusted readers.  Well – for now – the reasons for this outrageous gaffe shall remain mysterious and foggy for ye fans of the blog. This – sadly – led to a number of stellar 2016 releases – fodder for this here Tome V – that somehow got under the wheels of time. Just to be discovered anew. So, the first few months of this year really were all about catching up with the past and keeping track of the new material coming aboard this mighty ship.

Let the games begin with those who did not make it onto the 2016 Top 10, but RockmusicRaider Review - Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika - Album Covershould have been on this list. And one of those is Moonsorrow starring Jumalten Aika. I admit: The RMR officescape always somehow scoffed at the Black Metal masters from Finland. But as of this album, you will find only converts. This is an epic and mysterious piece of work that takes Symphonic Black Metal pieces to a whole new level. If only we had latched on to that record before the top ten was written. But alas, it was not to be.  [...]  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...!

Newsflash: Balfor invokes the Black Serpent!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Balfor - Black Serpent Rising - Album CoverIt must be the cold, cold wind from the East screaming about the lonely steppes and mountains. Because from their foggy abodes in Central European countries raise a lot of good Black and Death Metal bands. And specifically pretty much everything blackened grows very well there, as some of the reviews on RockmusicRaider can attest.

The Ukrainian band Balfor just released their newest music video Serpents of The Black Sun, unleashing a taste of their upcoming 3rd full length album Black Serpent Rising, signed to Drakkar Productions.

Now, the band calls their style Barbaric Black Metal and they have a point. Rough and epic, meaty and melodic. And right down in the fiery pit, where this belongs. This is the fare they serve you for your #metal dinner. Just when you wanted some peace and quiet. But nope, it is not going to happen. You will get some headbanging instead. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!