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 Godsaga. It took them some very long six years to hit the metal waves of the North again.Got hooked? Raid this some 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 signed to Nemeton Records back towards the end of 2015. The band takes a more folksy Gothic approach to local themes, like the Cimbrian culture still existing in the highlands North of Venice, thus creating their very own brand of Folk Metal. Complete with a female front and growling provided by the male vocalist at every corner of the road. By comparison, other bands in the genre, for example their counterparts Kanseil and their latest album Doin Earde take a different, more medievally tainted route of the very same subject matter. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Finsterforst – Rastlos (2012) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Finsterforst - Rastlos - Album CoverI came across Finsterforst via their latest 2014 record Mach Dich Frei and found it actually very good. In style, clear delivery and technical prowess, but found it wanting on lyrics – too much hate mail there. But by and large their tune turns out to be pretty mature on quality – especially in their lead track – just stellar.

Now here I find something different (not utterly, but quite different) with their 2012 magic potion Rastlos. 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 here record.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Finsterforst – Mach Dich Frei (2015) – Rezension

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Ja, was haben wir denn da? Das tönt ja schon wirklich sehr gut, genau was ich so brauch’ nach einem langen Tag im Paniktopf. Und es ist die gefühlte Power von Insomnium gemischt mit der Aggressivität von Arch Enemy was diese Band direkt ins Melodeath Lager stellt – wirklich kraftvoll und genau im Genre. Ich habe keine Ahnung wieso andere Reviewers diese Gruppe hier in die Pagan Metal Ecke stellen wollen.

Okay, es hat in der Tat ein paar Passagen in dem Album, welche dies unterstützen könnten, aber ich kann beim besten Willen keine klare solche Stoßrichtung erkennen – der gelegentliche Gebrauch von einem Akkordeon macht da keinen Unterschied.Got hooked? Raid this some more...