Ensiferum – Thalassic (2020) – Review

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Whenever I fired up Two Paths, Ensiferum‘s 2017 offering, my mind literally switched off after the third track. All about this album had this moldy taste of a run-of-the-mill, cheesily bombastic and epically challenged junk piece. Filled with stuff we already heard before, and which grew on ye after a few beers too many. Only to find out that this thing pretty much felt like the hangover you just experienced the next morning.

So, in a sense, Ensiferum became that universal bad example whenever the RMR deck crew needed one. Something filled with so … [...] Click to raid more!

Ty Morn – Istor (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Ty Morn - Istor - Album Cover Multi-talents. Masters of all trades, and jacks of none. There have been some real ones throughout the vast swathes of time. Leonardo da Vinci was one for instance, with all these paintings and inventions attributed to him. Mona Lisa still enigmatically greets us from many a publication – and the Louvre in France. But these inexplicable supermen and superwomen are very few and far between.

In music, you got them as well. Those lone warriors who want to go it alone and produce their very own records. Do it all, play it all, the self-made kind of guy. We covered [...] Click to raid more!

Gloryhammer – Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Gloryhammer - Legends From Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex - Album Cover Oh, damn. I forgot to get to the cheese shop and procure myself a dose of fondue. You know, molten cheese with bread, imbibed with white wine and lots of garlic. Because you will be in need of a few (many) mighty cosmic bites of this excuse to eat bread with cheese.

If you are to survive Gloryhammer‘s latest space epic Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex, that is. At least judging by their last record they unleashed onto the unsuspecting fan crowd.

Gloryhammer already garnered quite some attention in 2013 with Tales of the Kingdom of Fife[...] Click to raid more!

Summoning – With Doom We Come (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Summoning - With Doom We Come - Album Cover It is interesting how fantasy novels draw Black Metal acts to them. Yet in truth, the tune they play is no ‘proper’ Black Metal anymore, if there ever was such a thing.

Their theme morphed into some type of a sub-genre already some time ago. It remains blackened in a way, but definitely boasts that standalone, plasticky sound that fans will appreciate. A fantasy-laden musical landscape that these backyard studio metal bands exploit. And produce some sort of an over-exaggerated synthesizer-driven and almost artificial sound, decorated in dry, heaving rasps that became their trademark over the years.

Yet for some [...] Click to raid more!