End of Green – Void Estate (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - End of Green - Void Estate - Album CoverA Doom Rock and Metal avalanche currently thunders into this valley of woe where the fans dwell. It is big, scary and heavy on tears and sorrow. RockmusicRaider covered a score of them bands over time: Traditional outfits like My Dying Bride or again Vanha kind of hold the fort. Then you have the youngsters like Khemmis traipsing all over the hallowed established grounds of Doom Metal.

Then again you will find these sort of crossover bands that have enough doom in them to be called that, yet sit astride a score of other styles. The German band End of Green is one of those. It would mostly qualify as a mix of Dark Rock and Metal, yet they venture a lot onto the doomish territory other bands already occupy. Their ninth full length album Void Estate gets you a pretty crafty medley of Gothic, Doom and some Alternative, even a taste of Americana. All of that delivered in a mid-tempo torrent of changing tones of rock and metal.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Khemmis – Hunted (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Khemmis - Hunted - Album CoverI think the likes of Paradise Lost or My Dying Bride just got themselves some serious company. But with a grungy flavor that constantly reminds me of the 2015 piece Crypt Sermon wrote. Now, where is this terrible name-calling coming from already at the beginning of a review? Well, the sophomore effort Hunted of the American band Khemmis does that to you. This is not to say that they are skimming off other bands too hard, just to be clear. They place themselves slam into this Doom Metal universe that other sad warriors already occupy for some time.

And Hunted differentiates how exactly?

First, to get there you need to give the record a serious listen. Or even two. And then, what is this bullshit expression of the goofy business types again? Ah, yeah: Flawless execution. This comes to mind when you delve into the pleasures Khemmis offers to you. With no silly intro to haunt your doom metal crunch dreams, they riff away straight from the get-go. And impress with greatly engineered doomish riffs, peppered with solos and spiced with clean vocals or some strategically placed grunts and rasps. All that jazz always delivered with a trifle Iron Maiden added into the fray. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash – Goddess release their first EP!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Goddess - The Withering - Album CoverSometimes it’s simple. The tune needs to connect straight with yours truly once you start looking into a band and go viral in your head. And this just happened with Goddess from Norway.

They will catch your attention with a goofy style mix of Stoner Rock dude meets Death Metal brute, wrapped into a 18-minute blurb of only one track. All this burnt to disc on their first and re-released EP The Withering, let loose onto the world this March 2016. I kid you not. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!