Black Passage – The Veil (2019) – Review

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Never, ever cease to look for those mutineers. For those bands that step outside the proverbial boundaries that somehow appeared. Invisible borders, not necessarily decreed by law, but more often by elitist popularism.

Driven by few to imprint their beliefs onto the masses that oftentimes gladly submit to the yoke of unified thought control and overcooked political correctness. A very Orwellian world, but one that we do see emerging more and more these days.

In music, ‘specialists’ will categorize everything that sounds into genres. And it seems that more is better and less truly sucks. Funny enough, they frown severely … [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Funeralglade begin some funeral!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Funeralglade - May The Funeral Begin - Album Cover This one really rocks.

But in a lost identity, total head-banger kind of way. And I am confused. Because the Finnish boys from Funeralglade got a label of Melodic Death Metal stuck to themselves, they said. Of the Northern kind, they said. 

Yet out comes something called May The Funeral Begin. The RMR crew had to descend to the basement and let the big boxes rip. And in the process detected a mix of Arch Enemy, a hint of crabby Abbath and NordWitch. So, something blackened, yet melodic and totally metal. Kind of simmering in the dark [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: The Enigma Set Before Us!

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We did not feature a helluva lot of Metalcore lately. Mainly because there was nothing juicy enough to emerge from the depths of this scream-laden genre. And frankly, many a band just does that: Throwing a skeletal version of a melody at the crowd and scream everyone into the dust. Not that this will in any way enhance their chance of winning the fluffy green muppet monster to impress their audience. Apart from the die-hard fans, that is.

Well, light has appeared at the end of the tunnel, and let’s just hope that this is not the freight train heading [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Life’s December get ready to launch Fatigue!

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Deathcore can be disturbing in more ways than one. I always like the sense of dissonance and unease taking hold of you when you start on their tune. The Swiss band Life’s December are very good at that.

Their upcoming album Fatigue mixes delicately airy melodies with djent-heavy, totally brutal attacks on your consciousness. All this is crowned by growls and screams, interspersed with breakdowns, tremolo picking – the works.

The way they switch from an ambient, almost atmospheric setting straight to full-blown, heavy growls in a heartbeat is remarkably well done. Need a demonstration?

Have a look at Construct[...] Click to raid more!