For My Demons – Close to the Shade (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - For My Demons - Close To The Shade - Album CoverIs it fall yet? No, not quite. We are are about to reach summertime. When the weather is high, y’know, that kind of thing. Yet, when I leafed through the review pipe I found a dark, melancholy type of album. Not made for happy, sunny and airy times. And it is from last year to boot. One that patiently sat in the RMR review pipe for an extremely long time.

So, why the wait? Ye see, the time just needs to be right for this kind of music. If you are in the mood for trve metal, then a review of such a genre will only end in disaster. And this record – for sure – is nowhere near any metal. The band crafted a tune clad in the earthy colors of a rainy day in the mountains instead. When the snow finally approaches, but is not quite there yet. Just the mist shows in the morning above the treetops and a promise of colder weather in the air awaits discovery. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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...!