Sojourner – Empires of Ash (2016) – Review

Last updated on 20 July 2020

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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 [...] Click to raid more!

Batushka – Litourgyia (2015) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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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. There’s trouble looming over the horizon. Which is [...] Click to raid more!

Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn (2013) – Review

Last updated on 2 October 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn - Album Cover Okay, 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Caladan Brood – Echoes of Battle (2013) – Review

Last updated on 30 November 2020

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Looking for stellar Atmospheric Black Metal? An epic battle of forces unknown? Morrowind on steroids? The 2013 debut album Echoes of Battle of the startup Caladan Brood cuts you right down the middle, chews you up and spits you out again. Straight into the grand Epic Atmospheric Black Metal landscape they portray, mixed into this is here black magic potion.

Okay, you purists, admitted! They cruise (very, very) dangerously close to the abominable crime of copycat, sounding like Summoning in a way that is – almost exactly like them. And they indeed take the typically Chinese art of plagiarism a little far. Just look at the logo [...] Click to raid more!