Marche Funèbre – Einderlicht (2020) – Review

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Marche Funèbre. Ah, ’tis so decadently funeral, this Chopin thing.1) The name of the band brings classical heavy hitters to mind. Soaring melodies full of sorrow. And all that to bury one more lost soul.

So, did RMR suddenly cross those terrible waters of the river Styx and went full-bore classical? Never in life, or anywhere thereafter2).

Straight off the bat, Einderlicht‘s melancholy ways make themselves known. We were quite smitten by their knack to project doom. A sound not unlike Draconian, yet without the female touch.

The band – this time – navigates … [...] Click to raid more!

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 masters.… [...] 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 into that doom-laden, … [...] Click to raid more!