Newsflash: Balaam impersonated. By Xaon!

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Xaon - Face of Balaam - Album Cover The wicked prophet is loose with his donkey again, facing the sword-wielding angel! Or something of that nature. And in Switzerland to boot.

If an EP serves – as the lore goes – to show the skills of a band in their early days, then the Swiss band Xaon hit dead center with their upcoming, self-released album Face of Balaam. Expecting some watery metal concoction, I was stopped dead in my tracks by this tsunami rolling over me. And by Loki, these guys serve an intense and aggressive brand of their favorite metal [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash – Ancst unleash Moloch’s fury!

Last updated on 1 December 2020

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Ancst - Moloch - Album Cover

Talk about fury! Moloch‘s fury to be precise. You know, the child eater, the epitome of an evil creature. Ancst just created a new version of this godly being.

The ingredients? Unlimited rage and blackened, crusty Hardcore and Crust Punk. Throw in some melodic elements and ready is Moloch, the first full-length studio album of the German band Ancst.

The band hails from Berlin and is in existence since 2011. Being totally underground, they released a series of cassette-only EPs, some splits and compilations, now backing everything up with this newest [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Svalbard kicking off their first full length studio album!

Last updated on 2 December 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Svalbard - One Day All This Will End - Album Cover

What happens if you name a band after an archipelago splashed into the Arctic Ocean?

Well, the Bristol-based band Svalbard happens, releasing a surprisingly crunchy debut full-length and amazingly crusty Hardcore album called One Day All This Will End.

Recorded and mixed by Lewis Johns at The Ranch, Southampton. Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. LP Cover Art has been delivered by Serena Cherry, who also fronts the band as their lead vocalist.

And do put on your crash helmet.

Svalbard serve you with this blindingly and blisteringly hot metal stew, yet still [...] Click to raid more!