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...

Ashbringer – Yügen (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ashbringer - Yügen - Album CoverFirst add a part of Wilderun. Then take a measure of Caladan Brood, mix in a trifle of Summoning. Next forget about the drum machine of the latter two and replace their ever-present synthesizer with a real band. Not that the sophomore album Yügen from Ashbringer is devoid of synthesized elements, far from it. But compared to the highly electronically laden work of some Black Metal acts, this is music made by real people – if you get my drift. The fact that the band members are mostly still in their late teens is just another jaw dropping fact, looking at the very mature and professional approach they take to music. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Batushka – Litourgyia (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Batushka - Litourgyia - Album CoverDa Pacem Domine? For sure not in Batushka‘s first studio record Litourgyia. This album is going to get worse as it progresses. And it has this friggin’ tendency to keep you on your toes and not grant you one tranquil moment to calm down and contemplate your situation. Interested?

And I quote: “Band members are unknown, but they are from well known bands.” We are told that the band is – supposedly – from Poland. And this fits and it does not bode well. Trouble looming over the horizon, which is exactly what we want, when looking at such a record. And indeed, the first sounds on this frozen début concoction called Litourgyia are … chants.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn (2013) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn - Album CoverOkay, I am hooked. The Austrian synthie pop Black Metal universe gets me feeling all funny inside. Especially if this talks to my benevolent Depeche Mode nerve that was long thought dead, but now tries to resurrect itself. Seriously! Summoning with their 2013 Old Mornings Dawn are marching down their straight Roman road to Middle Earth still after all these years. To be more precise, it is 7 long years of waiting – incidentally the critical period in any kind of relationship. 

And the question here will mainly be: Who delivers the better Atmospheric Black Metal? Caladan Brood – the new flavor on the market (well, not quite that new anymore) – or Summoning with their last?Got hooked? Raid this some more...