Whispered – Metsutan: Songs of the Void (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Whispered - Metsutan - Album CoverSo, what have we here? Some sort of modern-time Hakkapeliitta yelling “Ei! Ei! Oh!” as they storm the stage? Scary! And it does not seem to fit, now, does it? This band is coming from Finland, not Japan. But then again it does: ‘Cause it’s called Samurai Metal, that’s what!

I must say, this piping hot and spicy miso soup Whispered have created with their third album Metsutan: Songs of the Void will hook you right from the beginning. In fact this somehow sounds like the latest of Insomnium gone East with a dose of Children of Bodom that just got itself an extra Power Metal injection. A refreshingly new version of Melodic Death Metal as we know it from the folks of Finland. All of this mostly delivered in unclean vocals, but some of select passages are actually coming through in clear voice.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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. It kind of feels like Steven Wilson‘s Hand. Cannot. Erase. taken to the next fucking level. Just check out Hope and Shadow (Ash Memory Part II). Progressive Folk Metal moving up to meet Death Metal. With some fragrant blackish intonations thrown in for sport. Then they mix well and spit out again. To still kick it up a notch, they swirl some symphonic elements into this whole composition and skillfully done too. Do I see Eluveitie dancing up and down at the edges of my vision? [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!