Wilderun – Veil of Imagination (2019) – Review

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Our review pipe failed to pick up Wilderun‘s last epic Sleep at the Edge of the World in time to make it onto the 2015 Top 10 list. And this sucked big time, given the undeniable qualities of this beautiful piece.

But things moved to the bright side this time. Veil of Imagination just made it onto the blog, which – I guess – is good news. But this new record does nonetheless have mightily big shoes to fill.

It’s predecessor displayed a distinct sense of mastery difficult to beat in a sophomore album. With … [...] Click to raid more!

Aephanemer – Prokopton (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Aephanemer - Prokopton - Album Cover ProkoptonThe path of the stoic. I kinda like that in context with Aephanemer. Already their 2016 piece Memento Mori showed the advanced skills of this band and – for sure – of lead guitarist Martin Hamiche. The latter record indeed was already a pretty good album in itself, but it did have its moments. And certainly a lot of air still to fill.

Now, here I find these French metallers stoically walking down that path of their own making with their newest record.

And in truth, Prokopton really and powerfully reaffirms the status quo. You won’t [...] Click to raid more!

Noumena – Myrrys (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Noumena - Myrrys - Album Cover Should we call this the law of physics of metal music? Sometimes it appears that good Melodic Death Metal can only originate from the Finnish cold plains. The reason is probably buried somewhere in the wastes of the North up yonder. Mixed with the dark, icy weather breeding melancholy and a language that nobody understands but themselves.

All this invokes an atmosphere that many bands know to exploit only too well. Just think about InsomniumWolfheart or – again – Marianas Rest.

But when it comes to doomish Melodic Death Metal with a beastly streak, the somewhat unknown [...] Click to raid more!

Insomnium – Winter’s Gate (2016) – Review

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It was one of those metal moments! Winter’s Gate, Insomnium‘s 7th full length release finally arrived at my doorstep. And what do I find? One 40 minute monster track.

Come again, they did what?

What on earth are they noodling about? With trepidation, we think back to similar attempts made by the likes of Pink Floyd and others way back in time, when monstrous, rambling concoctions were fashionable.

And not many protagonists – with some laudable exceptions – pulled these offerings off well enough to really impress the audience ever since.

Let’s be honest. 

So, here I sat wondering what disaster loomed ahead in [...] Click to raid more!