Eluveitie – Everything Remains (As it Never Was) (2010) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Everything Remains (as it never was) - Album CoverThe 2010 and 4th full length album Everything Remains (As it Never Was) from the Swiss Pagan Metal band Eluveitie clearly is an improvement over the already pretty good former production Slania. And yep, I know, there was Evocation I in between. But hey, time will tell if I will review that one as well. In time.

This new record is much more melodious, but still fosters enough aggressive Melodeath underlaying its core to convince. And they deliver their tune in an improved, but still decidedly own household style and brand. On this record we can actually hear the hurdy-gurdy (hello and welcome, Anna), fiddles and the flutes.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Huldre – Tusmørke (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Huldre - Tusmørke - Album CoverLandscapes shrouded in fog, mystic swamps filled with goblins and dark, terrifying forests start at the Danish border. Right? Well, not to my knowledge. But if you listen to some of the tunes breezing over to us from Daneland, one could believe it. 

Indeed last year, the stellar, but pitch dark Black Metal contribution of Myrkur appeared out of nowhere and now Huldre comes along with songs from the twilight. And they even perform in a woody, leafy fashion on stage to top it. So, there you go, fits the forest theme, now does it? 

The fairies start flying once you start on Tusmørke! 

That and the trolls wrestling about on the forest floor.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Wilderun – Sleep at the Edge of the World (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Wilderung - Sleep at the Edge of the World - Album CoverSleep at the Edge of the World of the Progressive Folk Metal band Wilderun is another one of these gems that – I am unhappy to say – somehow did not get on the RockmusicRaider review list in 2015. And it is a disturbing piece of work. You start listening and you cannot stop – this particular stretch of tune must be bewitched. Not that it is overly melodious. Well, no, it actually is. But then it isn’t – disturbingly isn’t. Have I confused you yet?

Wilderun‘s devilishly complex and self-released sophomore album Sleep at the Edge of the World will do that to you.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Die Irrlichter – Zaubergarten (2015) – Rezension!

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RockmusicRaider Review - Die Irrlichter - Zaubergarten - Album CoverDie Irrlichter sind schon seit einiger Zeit auf meinem mittelalterlichen Radar. Seitdem haben sie mich wirklich fasziniert und zwar mit ihrem doch recht melodiösen Musikstil. Aber das neueste und 7. Studioalbum Zaubergarten hat mich sofort in seinen Bann geschlagen und die Schreibefinger angeworfen.

Während einige (nicht alle..) in dieser doch noch überschaubaren Gruppierung von Musikern und Bands sich entweder auf schauderhafte Wald- und Wiesenklänge einlassen oder sich in schlüpfrige Gefilde begeben, haben mich die Mädels aus dieser Band um Brigitta Jaroschek immer sehr beeindruckt. In ihren Anfängen ging es immer noch etwas leicht zu, aber dann hat das Ganze an Klang und Qualität massiv zugenommen. Ich würde sagen mit ersten Anfängen in Aventiure im 2006.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Leaves’ Eyes – King of Kings (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Leaves Eyes King of Kings - Album CoverI am pleasantly surprised! Leaves’ Eyes again managed to up the ante and add a lot of #metal in King of Kings to their already improved former delivery in Symphonies of the Night. They steadily increased the quality of their musical prowess over the years and King of Kings is no exception. Deeper, darker, more metally in structure, but also folk laden in certain parts. Sometimes it almost reminds me of some Folk Metal acts – but not quite to the extent of calling them that. And the lyrics delivered by the lovely Liv Kristine Espenaes are up a notch too – much more mature, very precise and varied.Got hooked? Raid this some more...