My Silent Wake – Damnatio Memoriae (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - My Silent Wake - Damnatio Memoriae - Album CoverDoom Metal is one of the most fascinating genres in the metal multiverse. Ranging from clear voice and female fronted outfits, like Draconian, over the Peaceville Three to the slow marches of Funeral Doom. And it is all about emotion. Some project tear-drenched sadness. And others again go for angry desolation, fueled by everyday issues and concerns.

And this is the emotional scale My Silent Wake project in their album Damnatio Memoriae. Doom Death Metal to be consumed with a pinch of desolation and powered by general anger, even fury. And they deliver it well.   

Damnatio Memoriae literally means Damnation of Memory in Latin.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: A Lie Nation will Begin Hate!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - A Lie Nation - Begin Hate - Album CoverIf you fancy Extreme Metal, here is a piece for you. But no worries, this is not your usual metal outfit that, having lost their compass to confusion, call themselves Extreme Metal to be safe. And somewhat unsurprisingly, the record reaches us from the cold Scandinavian North, the cradle of much excellent metal.

The Finnish band A Lie Nation (read alienation – cute that…) is poised to unchain their newest EP Begin Hate, supported by Inverse Records. The record vacillates between Thrash Metal, Death Metal and a somewhat austere, but full-bodied brand of Black Metal. To be fair, the latter style predominates their tune to a large extent, expertly supported by typical Black Metal rasps.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Rotting Christ – Triarchy of The Lost Lovers (1996) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Rotting Christ - Triarchy of the Lost Lovers - Album CoverThe new year is still fresh, so what better moment than this one to reflect on some old metal for a change. Old? ’90s are old? Well, yeah, if you look at the rapid-fire development all things metal took since then. We sure show a totally different landscape today, if compared to all these years ago. And for sure again if you look at the style changes Rotting Christ took over the years to the present day. Triarchy of the Lost Lovers really took a fresh look at things and delivered powerfully well.

In essence, 1996 was a year of turning points of sorts!

This was the year where the mad cow hit the UK.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Balfor – Black Serpent Rising (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Balfor - Black Serpent Rising - Album ReviewThe RockmusicRaider offices were literally flooded with Black Metal offerings of all 50+ shades and beyond in 2016. A trend to move towards the dark waters of the river Styx that we saw emerging already in late 2015. And which continues to this day. Indeed anything blackened was pretty much game and lots of it in stellar format. 

Now, 2017 already starts to shape up well. A first pitch black offering reaches us from the cold, cold steppes of the Ukraine. And it promises to be a juice dripping chunk of #metal. Or does it?

But to get there, it is now time to descend into the fiery pit of desolation!

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NordWitch – Mørk Profeti (2016) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Nordwitch - Mork Profeti - Album CoverTo stand out from this vast Death Metal populace is hard. Real hard. I usually find an endless procession of coequal black-clad Death Metal outfits of all flavors on my promo list. All of those trying to sell the same bland soup all over again. Jockeying for position in a genre that somehow lost a lot of its lustre over time. And then there are those bands that are able to just give you this trifle added spice.

NordWitch is one of them. Back in January of this year, the band already got on the RockmusicRaider radar. And a really promising radar blip it was. Only to disappear again for long months, despite the promise that a #metal record should indeed be forthcoming shortly. Got hooked? Raid this some more...