Summoning – With Doom We Come (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Summoning - With Doom We Come - Album Cover It 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.

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Newsflash: AntimateriA ramps up the Amps!

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Weren’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. And the band brings pretty sturdy and seldom seen metal oomph to the party. 

So that is why Valo Aikojen Takaa made it onto the blog out of nowhere?

Indeed! And it is ice-cold [...] Click to raid more!

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 [...] Click to raid more!

Sojourner – Empires of Ash (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sojourner - Empires of Ash - Album Cover Picture this: A kiwi band from Dunedin in New Zealand, now based in Scotland (of all places), sporting a Swedish frontman from Malmö. Meet Sojourner and their debut full-length album Empires of Ash.

Their tune is something like Jethro Tull got married to Clannad (ok, not metal, I know) and then met Ashbringer. All that jazz placed into a landscape reminiscent of Caladan Brood and Summoning combined.

So, what empires await thee?

If you are looking for something to tell you what dwells on the disk, just check out the album cover first. But the album is [...] Click to raid more!