Black Soul Horde – Horrors From The Void (2021) – Review

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Why do all imagined beings from other worlds come with tentacles these days? Ah, yes. Because, you know, Lovecraft. The long-gone horror fiction writer with his motley bunch of cosmic horrors at his undead beck and call. And then, perhaps, because an octopus is indeed a weird and almost alien being, living right here on earth in places where we measly humans can’t exist.

And who would have thought that Thy Row would get some serious competition – still in 2021. So, Black Soul Horde indeed rushes on the scene with their Cthulhu-infested piece Horrors From The Void[...] Click to raid more!

Xael – Bloodtide Rising (2021) – Review

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There is such a thing as the sophomore cliff for record releases. A blackened metallic rock that any new band somehow must navigate around with their second full-length record. Because failing that, they may not reach those stellar future hunting grounds that will make them stinking rich1). Yet sadly, many a band inexplicably shipwrecks on those accursed submerged reefs.

The RMR crew followed Xael around pretty much since its inception. But somehow the band never quite made it to a full review. Their debut full-length record The Last Arbiter only netted them a short article. A … [...] Click to raid more!

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!