My Silent Wake – There Was Death (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - My Silent Wake - There Was Death - Album CoverOnce desolation and doom in metal takes your fancy, you probably need to look no further than My Silent Wake. Former works like Damnatio Memoriae were already right up there with the likes of My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost. Yet, the band’s gothically tainted, painfully bleak and bare bone approach to Doom Death Metal always allowed them to carve out their own niche in this genre.

Then again – never shy of experiments – Ian Arkley launched himself into Invitiation to Imperfection in 2017. A somewhat pigheaded unplugged piece that the jury is still out for. Not unexpectedly, some off-flavors of the latter spilled into There Was Death. And this morphs this newest record into something much more controversial than other Doom Death Metal pieces currently on offer. Now, if this is good or bad will be in the eyes of the beholder. But it for sure risks to be a source of pain and suffering to the casual purist out there. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Paradise Lost – Medusa (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Paradise Lost - Medusa - Album CoverChameleons rule. Small lizards prone to sneak about trees, to look at you weirdly and change color whenever it suits them. The terror of insects of any kind – one hit of their sticky tongue and their victims are history. Well that’s the animal kingdom. But you find them not only there, but also with our brethren in Rock and Metal. Perhaps not as deadly, but for sure very capable to shed skins and change color at a moment’s notice.

Paradise Lost is one of them for sure with their newest concoction Medusa. Jumping styles like the chameleon does colors. We saw them wallow down Gothic Metal lane – as in Draconian Times (1995) or experimenting with electro-pop, synthie madness on Host (1999) and Believe in Nothing (2001). One would think Depeche Mode just whelped a twin on those two – with a taste of A-ha. Loki help me. 

Then Paradise Lost slowly returned to its Doom Metal roots over a number of records. The most remarkable 2007 piece In Requiem stands tall as the shining beacon of records leading up to The Plague Within. Yet still I could not get quite warm with their last record, despite stellar tracks like Beneath Broken Earth.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Et Moriemur – Ex Nihilo In Nihilum (2014 / 2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Et Moriemur - Ex Nihilo in Nihilum - Album CoverSometimes records sit in the review pipe for no good reason for a very long time. And get passed over time and time again, just to be rediscovered more by accident than by design. This so happened with the Dying Ones from the Czech Republic. In 2014 Et Moriemur unleashed a pretty underrated Doom Metal album called Ex Nihilo In Nihilum via Solitude Productions. Just to get a re-issue very late in 2016 by Minotauro Records. So, why feature this album on the blog now, so very long after the fact?

First because they are good at what they do. There is no mistaking the doomish flavor in everything present on that disc. Et Moriemur adroitly mix contemporaries like My Dying Bride and Vanha with a whiff or early Tiamat. And they squeeze this bitter lemon of sorrow until there is no teardrop left to shed. Their melodies are well crafted with an abundance of hooks, riffs and solos, located in a lush soundscape where sorrow runs free. And you will have your fill: Proper Doom Metal, Funeral Doom, Doom Death Metal – all there.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!