Draconian – Under a Godless Veil (2020) – Review

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A few months after the RockmusicRaider blog really took off, Draconian‘s Sovran happened. This is probably THE record that shaped our take on Doom and Gothic Metal in any significant way. And way more than their famous brethren Paradise Lost or My Dying Bride ever would.

Chiefly, Sovran impressed us with this sludgy heaviness. This sepulchral march towards the ultimate state of sadness. Something that immediately connects with your inner sorrow. But it is also true that this record was and still is relatively close to the aforementioned two of the Peaceville Three and distinct Melodic Death Metal … [...] Click to raid more!

Grimorte test the Esoteric Ascendance!

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We enjoyed those records before. Those that hook their steely claws straight into your flesh, once they’re roaring out of the gate. And they won’t let loose anymore until you suffered through their brand of Extreme Metal, want it or not.

And it’s not because they’re bad, it’s because the stuff these bands strut fascinates the hell out of the audience. Grimorte‘s Esoteric Ascendance is one of those records that pulled us straight down into that darkly ominous abyss it inhabits.

The duo1)Kieran Scott (Ashen Grove) and Lewis Borthwick (Archierophant) – step out … [...] Click to raid more!

Aphonic Threnody – The Great Hatred (2020) – Review

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What marches majestically across this stony, desert-dry Doom Death Metal soundscape? A thing that loudly creeps about its darkened realm at almost funeral speed.

And as our inner eye watched it and listened to its drone, the RMR deck crew here waited for that good ol’ bell to toll. And indeed, we later heard its terrible voice emerging from those depths of distress and sadness.

Well, that’s the first and somewhat murky impression we had once Aphonic Threnody led off with their newest record The Great Hatred. All flags set to half-mast, and straight down those darkly ominous … [...] Click to raid more!

Solemnity walk Through Endless Darkness!

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Solemnity. Somber, gloomy, grave, and earnest, yet of dark and often sublime beauty. A name of a band that may already turn into an omen of sorts.

Their offering emerges so far from the deep underground that you have trouble finding them. Even if they started to appear on the usual haunts lately. Yet, there’s no trace of a visual, no former works that we could find, even if the band saw the light of day in 2016 already. Invisibility on top of solemnity, that’s quite a cocktail.

But fear naught. Through Endless Darkness does … [...] Click to raid more!