King Goat – Debt of Aeons (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - King Goat - Debt of Aeons - Album CoverThe 2016 record Conduit of King Goat already prominently featured on the RockmusicRaider blog. And all that despite of yours truly in a way. Because – at the beginning – I was not too amused with that snazzy new outpouring of doom. The record thus took its sweet time to mount in pressure and kinda reach the green zone. You know, the one that will get this reviewer to write a few words. But the band, somewhat to my surprise, finally succeeded with a pretty good rating.

Well, King Goat seem to be doomed for the same fate all over again, like some ghost that cannot move over to the other side. No pun intended – well, almost. Because the same ‘get outta here’ feeling got ahold of the RockmusicRaider deck crew when we finally got around to plug their new album in and start on it. Too much screaming at sound check will not make good music, was the first reaction. But then the record started to take on some volume, a certain unmistakable poise that will get you to listen further. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Sorcerer – The Crowning of the Fire King (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Sorcerer - The Crowning of the Fire King - Album CoverI am transfixed by sounds pouring out of my earphones. Staunch, epic metal sounds. The culprit is the Swedish band Sorcerer and their newest album The Crowning of the Fire King. Their second full length studio album. 

You will surely remember their 2015 come-back epic In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross. This one got some serious acclaim for a band that over long stretches of their (almost non-existent) career produced nothing more than a few demos and compilations. But then – bang – came this first full-length record. A totally unexpected artillery volley out of the left field some two years ago. 

The rub with a first smashing success is always the question as to how the band will top it later. Will Sorcerer show the navigation chops to circumvent the terrible sophomore album reef of doom? And I am glad to announce that they did. The Crowning of the Fire King is – if anything – a step up from their 2015 concoction. They very wisely chose not to change direction. But instead built on what they know best. The record sports a savvy mix of Heavy, Power and some Doom Metal served up by stellar vocals and sometimes otherworldly guitar work. Nothing new in terms of general style, but a delivery way crisper and of much higher quality than what we heard before.   [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!