Summoning – Oath Bound (2006) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Summoning - Oath Bound - Album CoverSome voices out there declare that only new – as in brand new – records can get a review. To go back and contemplate good ‘ol tunes from the past is forbidden devilry. To be squished quickly, blown to smithereens with this mighty Thor’s hammer surely in their possession.

And you know what? From a click rate or sharing standpoint, this is absolutely correct. But RockmusicRaider likes to do things a bit differently sometimes and break stuff, if need be.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Summoning – With Doom We Come (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Summoning - With Doom We Come - Album CoverIt is interesting how fantasy novels draw Black Metal acts to them. Yet in truth, the tune they play is no ‘proper’ Black Metal anymore, if there ever was such a thing. Their theme morphed into some type of a sub-genre already some time ago. It remains blackened in a way, but definitely boasts that standalone, plasticky sound that fans will appreciate. A fantasy-laden musical landscape that these backyard studio metal bands exploit. And produce some sort of an over-exaggerated synthesizer-driven and almost artificial sound, decorated in dry, heaving rasps that became their trademark over the years.

Yet for some reason this formula really sticks. It portrays imaginary worlds of cold magic, wonder and epic battles that seem best expressed in lo-fi sounds that emerge straight from the misty lands they depict. And by preference with the heavy-duty drum machine on full display. In a cathedral, atmospheric setting with mighty pre-programmed riffs endlessly spooling off into the misty yonder. And you never know what lurks behind that hazy curtain that they paint so aptly.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!