SIG:AR:TYR – Northen (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - SIG:AR:TYR - Northen - Album CoverSee, it is indeed possible. You can write a complex metal tune without building brick walls so high that you won’t hear yourself anymore. And it can be done with a hike to the epic mountain top without firing up the mighty cheese machine too. 

Speaking of which: Here is a contender to metal fame that renders Amon Amarth and their Viking friends awfully cheesy.

We are speaking about SIG:AR:TYR and their newest metal contribution Northen. I never quite knew that Viking Metal adepts brandished their tune in good ‘ol Canada. Until I came across the bands last record [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: VallorcH tell their tale in the newest album!

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RockmusicRaider Review - Vallorch - Until Our Tale is Told - Album CoverThe Italian Folk Metal band VallorcH released their sophomore full-length album Until Our Tale Is Told back towards the end of 2015. The band takes a pretty folksy, yet metallic approach to local themes, mainly based on the remnants of the local Cimbrian culture of the highlands North of Venice. 

The outcome is a pretty sturdy brand of Folk Metal. Kind of similar to outfits like Huldre and Infinitas. Complete with a female front and growling provided by the male vocalist at every corner of the road. 

By contrast, other bands in the genre, for example their counterparts [...] Click to raid more!

Finsterforst – Rastlos (2012) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Finsterforst - Rastlos - Album CoverI came across Finsterforst via their latest 2014 record Mach Dich Frei and found them forest boys of good, crunchy quality. In style, clear delivery and technical prowess. Yet the lyrics were wanting somewhat, too much hate mail there. But by and large their tune turns out to be pretty mature.  

Now, their magic potion Rastlos is different. Not sure how to describe it: Insomnium with a Black Forest Pie flavor mixed with a portion of Moonsorrow style of bleak, black winter lakes? Sometimes the similarities are quite startling and perhaps Finsterforst pushed this one a bit far in this [...] Click to raid more!