Vanha – Melancholia (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Vanha - Melancholia - Album CoverSolemnly marching Death Doom Metal sounds with a melodic twist have a soothing quality. Comfort in dark, dreary sounds. Drenched in a sea of sorrow and countless tears.

Don’t you think?

Just savor the soaring guitars that always kind of feel out of place. Yet they must be there, or the tune sounds incomplete. Or visit the measured growls that compete with clear voice lyrics, as the theme and atmosphere demands. All of that renders this tasty amalgam of Extreme Metal into something really palatable.

And you will want more of it. Because, indeed it soothes the suffering soul. [...] Click to raid more!

Meadows End – Sojourn (2016 / 2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Meadows End - Soujourn - Album CoverNow, imagine you would marry the evil twin of Nightwish to Insomnium and giving the female front of the former the boot first. You would in all probability beget a magic child called Meadows End.

Their style mixes the Scandinavian kind of Death Metal with not very subtle symphonic elements. And this gets us a sound that is pretty unique. Even if further influences like Omnium Gatherum, Amon Amarth and a tad of Wolfheart cannot be denied.

The Swedish Melodic and Symphonic Death Metal band Meadows End came into being way back [...] Click to raid more!

Aephanemer – Memento Mori (2016) – Review

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Once upon a time there was a lone hawk and his guitar, soaring about the skies. He let his riffs and solos rip from his lofty height and went by the name of NifRiffs. After considerable time and some acclaim by the mice and other furry animals scurrying about the ground, NifRiffs decided to get serious and start a real band.

Having a knack for weird and unusual names, he called the band Aephanemer. A first demo EP named Know Thyself was published soon thereafter. Now, the name was there, but the band was still a [...] Click to raid more!