River of Souls – The Well of Urd (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - River of Souls - The Well of Urd - Album CoverDon’t we like the old deities at RockmusicRaider. Those that existed before the nailed god and his ailing airs sucked all fun out of life. Back in time when Yule ruled strong with feasting and a sacrifice or two on the menu. 

Sturdy tales galore of gods and their brethren out to commit mischief and strange actions of all types. Odin on Sleipnir (his horse), Njord, Yggdrasil and the three Norns living in the roots of the tree of life. All this fed by the Well of Urd at the source of it all. Complicated, huh? This may be so, but the old ones were definitely much more interesting than the current occupants of the godly throne. With their earthly representatives weirdly howling about vast, empty buildings filled with scented smoke. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Lorelei – Shadows of October (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Lorelei - Shadows of October - Album CoverBleak winds and an icy cold live outside of the RockmusicRaider offices. A snowstorm from the East is being delivered right now and the temperature drops rapidly towards absolute numbers. At least that is what this feels like these days. And I don’t even live in the frozen tundra of Siberia, even if it feels like it. This is supposed to be temperate over here. So, where did the friggin’ global warming go all of a sudden? But hey, you have no choice than to go with the flow. And enough whining for now.

So, what better time than now to finally look at a Death Doom Metal record from the Russian motherland. The band Lorelei just issued their sophomore album Shadows of October this November of 2017. And it should be worthy of your attention.

You’ll find a score of bands named after the famous rock above the Rhine river. This is where the lovely maiden used to sit and sing her siren song to the riverboat captains to make them lose their minds and crash onto the cliffs on that particular bend of the river. Never heard of the tale? Then it is a good time to read up on it.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: Loathfinder and the Great Tired Ones!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Loathfinder - The Great Tired Onces - Album CoverAh, methinks that the RMR team moves fast and furiously down that danger infested and tribulation-laden Doom Metal road lately. And down it goes, ever down this slippery pathway, until you hit the flagstones in yonder dark cave. This is where Loathfinder dwell and blast off their début offering The Great Tired Ones, signed to Godz of War Productions

Their brand of Blackened Doom Death Metal comes with a heavy slugging sound, seemingly telling of some unknown terror moving down on you. I just get a kick out of these downturned guitars and the low-fi growls that, together with the doomishly slow tempo, just seem to grind your bones into the ground. And the deeper you progress into this grinder, the more menacing this whole Lovercraft-esque piece of metal becomes. 

Let me also mention the disturbing album cover: Complete with the toothy spaghetti monster in the background, it perfectly captures the overall atmosphere of the EP. Fleshy red pit and dreary ruins included. That the tune was mixed and mastered by a service called Satanic Audio should not surprise anyone anymore after you survived this doomish tidal wave for the first time. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!