Stortregn – Emptiness Fills The Void (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Stortregn - Emptiness Fills The Void - Album CoverStortregn‘s 2016 record Singularity starts with this friggin’ solo. First one guitar, then the second chiming in. Very unusual for the genre they so avidly depict. But this … thing juicily draws you in, a magic metal pull. And down you go through the rabbit hole, where overheated amps shred a growling sound made for the true metalhead. Such stellar beginnings and the ensuing performance will be very difficult to beat on the next record. 

So, with some trepidation the RockmusicRaider crew stood in waiting for this new offering from the metal hotheads of Stortregn. Will Emptiness Fills The Void surprise or will it just fade down through the proverbial cracks?  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Godhead Machinery – Ouroboros (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Godhead Machinery - Ouroboros - Album CoverIs this a case of Yet Another Extreme Metal Band? An ubiquitous metal offering of the garden-variety in approach and execution? This often comes to mind when a new jewel case of an Extreme Metal band is cracked open and the metal starts to spill out. Seen it, heard it, got the black t-shirt with the unintelligible darkly magic scripture emblazoned on the front. A record with much of the same brand of metal all over again. With almost no difference from the usual and commonplace delivery of their brethren.

Along with genres like Symphonic Metal, Extreme Metal has become somewhat of a household brand. And many fans blatantly expect to get the same or – at least – similar slices of their metal. All cut of the same cloth, delivered in an annoyingly uniform cookie-cutter fashion. And boy do some fans sport acid reactions, if bands trespass and step out of the vile, yet comfortable mainstream. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: The Revenge of the Goat, by Hellfire!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Hellfire - Goat Revenge - Album CoverUnholy Metal Crunch! What is this loudness torturing my eardrums? Something crude. In Nomine Dei Nostri Satanas Luciferi Excelsi? Well, almost, but blasphemously close enough. A juicy mix of a thrashy Heavy Metal beat, Death Metal and deep, dark Black Metal. And the EP Goat Revenge from the Ukrainian horde Hellfire really puts the pedal to the metal on this one in a way seldom heard these days.

Unleashing full-blooded, highly potent riffs together with throaty Death Metal growls and Black Metal rasps, their tune will awake your head-banging urges, make no mistake. At times Goat Revenge sounds like a meatier, more energized sibling of the late NordWitch record. On top, I really got a kick out of the nod to the late Abbath record in their track War Apocalypse Battery.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!