Myrkur – Mareridt (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Myrkur - Mareridt - Album CoverAmalie Bruun and her alma mater Myrkur are on the loose again. I can already hear the haters’ black tongues wagging away at her metal credentials. “Pop girlie gone Black Metal has no reason to exist…” – and so on and so forth. Nonetheless she does exist and gains maturity as her endeavor soars along these icy, black and dreary landscapes. She started off with a first self-titled EP that already sent some shock waves all about the metal planet.

M – the début full length album – raised expectations for future offerings big time. And it is against this winner of the 2015 Top 10 Records that Mareridt measures against. A mighty task as always, and I wonder if the record will cut it.

To add insult to injury, Myrkur faces this dangerous booby trap of the dreaded sophomore full length album. Many bands shipwrecked badly on that cliff after a stellar début. And again: It is expectations – imagined or real – that drive fan acceptance. Also, a somewhat cloudy and subjective idea of what ‘improvements’ consist of. To that point, most bands feel the urge for dramatic change at some time. Lest all things will be lost and the audience will throw them to the wolves. Right? [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: Deadspace bring us Gravity!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Deadspace - Gravity - Album CoverWhoever said all Australians are laid back and cool? Beer in hand and BBQ fired up chasing crocodiles? Because this here band is anything but that. Or so it seems when their monstrous sound hits your eardrums.

Hailing from Perth way out West in Australia, the Extreme Metal band Deadspace presents us with a seething hot chunk of metal. Their 2016 EP Gravity sloshes around a life-cycle or – should I say – a perpetual cycle theme of birth, life, death and re-birth. 

The record sounds like the magician’s apprentice musical experiment taken over by the forces of chaos. Extreme dissonance interchanges with crazily tilted atmospheric and ambient interludes. Then – all of a sudden – screaming abounds, just to be changed to a tortured torrent of clear voice utterings. Then again, Gravity doomishly pours a terazillion of styles into their mix, their most prominent being of the Black Metal kind.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: Immured by Cyclocosmia!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Cycloscopia - Immured - Album CoverSometimes alternative universes show up in the RockmusicRaider review pipeline that persist. And continue to haunt you throughout your day until you give in and write about it. The band Cyclocosmia in all its spidery glory is one of those. They just unleashed their latest EP Immured this January 2017.

And theirs is a captivating tune. They mix the weirdness of Todtgelichter with the serenity of Darkher with astonishing ease. As with the latter, the questions poses itself if Immured should qualify as metal or not. And again as before, the band gets this metal tinge out into the open that even warms this metalhead’s steely heart.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!