Lör – In Forgotten Sleep (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Lör - In Forgotten Sleep - Album CoverI don’t travel very often. But when I do, I need some funky, entertaining tune to keep the attention at crisp levels and the energy flowing. To get there progressive tunes will be just what the doctor ordered. So I can drive fast, enjoy some road rage, rock weirdly around the car and scare my fellow travellers on the road. Perfect. What better idea than to consult the promo list for some hidden treasure waiting to be uncovered. 

So, here I stumbled across the latest promo from a band going by the cvlt-ish name of Lör. Austrian – must be, judging by the name. Right? So wrong and way off target.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Xaon – The Drift (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Xaon - The Drift - Album CoverThe RockmusicRaider officescape likes drama. Especially a loud drama with a lot of boom and bang. And we have remarkable drama queens around the Gothic and Symphonic Metal universe, blackened and death-oriented ones included. Just think about Dimmu Borgir or Fleshgod Apocalypse to name just two of them.

Now, here we can add another one: The Swiss outfit Xaon rumbles onto the scene like Mad Max on a bad day. They already gave us a first broadside of what they can do in 2016 with their EP Face of Balaam. And they are back with a hammer blow of a record disguised beneath a simple and almost nihilistic art cover in blue and gray shades.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

2016 Top 10 Records

RockmusicRaider Review - Darkend 2016Well, it is time for some 2016 Top 10 reflections on RockmusicRaiders‘ most coveted findings for the last year. And it might turn out to be a few more than ten, but we will keep the official ranking to this magic number. We will just add a few honorable releases to the list that kinda missed this viking fighting ship. The list is also a reflection on those bands that got us thinking and managed to mess up the peace (of mind) and quiet of the writer supreme on this blog.

And it was a funny year: Seamlessly latching on to 2015, many more shades of black have been covered throughout these 12 months.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Ghost of Mary – Oblivaeon (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ghost of Mary - Oblivaeon - Album CoverAh, the Italian #metal scene just never ceases to amaze me. From the mountainous foothills of the upper North to the very bottom of the heel you will find a plethora of #metal bands. Their styles are as diverse as the geographical spread they cover. From deep, dark Black Metal over airy Symphonic to Pagan Metal – you have them all. To top it, many of them are of international renown, I would like to add. Then you got the new and upcoming bands like Ghost of Mary with their début Oblivaeon.

In many ways the style of Ghost of Mary reminds me of Fleshgod ApocalypseGot hooked? Raid this some more...

Balfor – Black Serpent Rising (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Balfor - Black Serpent Rising - Album ReviewThe RockmusicRaider offices were literally flooded with Black Metal offerings of all 50+ shades and beyond in 2016. A trend to move towards the dark waters of the river Styx that we saw emerging already in late 2015. And which continues to this day. Indeed anything blackened was pretty much game and lots of it in stellar format. 

Now, 2017 already starts to shape up well. A first pitch black offering reaches us from the cold, cold steppes of the Ukraine. And it promises to be a juice dripping chunk of #metal. Or does it?

But to get there, it is now time to descend into the fiery pit of desolation!

Got hooked? Raid this some more...