Shadygrove – In The Heart Of Scarlet Wood (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Shadygrove - In the Heart of Scarlet Wood - Album CoverI had a complaint. It all centered around the lack of folk on the RockmusicRaider blog. A sentiment that the RMR deck crew heartily supported by the way. The zine got a pretty tough metallic shine over the last months – growls, corpse paint and all. And this is just dandy of course, no contest. But our credo also leans towards the more folksy aspects of the music multiverse. 

So, what better surprise than this alluring blurb from Italy that just wafted over the alps. ‘Tis exactly that medicine that we need to soothe our metal-hot nerves with. Complete with a Celtic, kind of Medieval flavor and a sprinkling of pop culture to boot. The poppy faction – in itself – is somewhat teeth-grinding. But I guess we can just about live with it. After all folk is what we wanted more of lately. And folk is what we got ourselves alright.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Eluveitie – Evocation II – Pantheon (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Eluveitie - Evocation II - Pantheon - Album CoverMonumental change took place within the confines of Eluveitie. Anna Murphy and her entourage (or faction, as evil tongues have it) left the band in 2016 seemingly in protest. And that meant long-time drummer Merlin Sutter and guitarist Ivo Henzi left with her to found Cellar Darling. Or – as the lore goes – Merlin got left first and the others chose to follow suit. 

Well, whatever the sequence of events may have been, fact is that the growler-in-chief had the decidedly thorny task to recruit and train a new crew. This may also explain the unusually long wait before the new album Evocation II – Pantheon saw the light of day. And Eluveitie ended up with a 9-member band. Wow! That is like overcrowding and only pandemonium can be the result from this. But then they always had a relatively large number of musicians in their outfit. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Darkher – Realms (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Darkher - Realms - Album CoverTo be #metal or not to be, ’tis the question. We are speaking about the début full length album Realms of the (almost) one-woman show Darkher aka Jayn H. Wissenberg. And it is – at first – a difficult proposition. Just to find yourself later in a doomish soundscape that clearly smacks of #metal, apart from the airy, atmospheric, almost folk-laden look and feel this album presents to you. I cannot but be reminded of Myrkur and their latest album M or the weary wails of Loreena McKennitt, both dwelling in the ethereal realm same as this one. Of course, the genres for the former and the latter are totally different. Realms features no screams or other kinds of growls, whilst Myrkur‘s album definitely does.

Precision is the landmark on Realms!

You have got to admire the way the tracks are structured. Every instrument is thoughtfully placed, no note played on a whim. Wissenberg vocal style perfectly adapts to the instrumentals, chiming in with the right timbre. And always with the right timing.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!