Rogga Johansson – Entrance to the Otherwhere (2019) – Review

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It appears that the RMR deck crew took a liking to a score of them one-man-show and/or solo projects over time. But this does not really come as a surprise.

These projects often deliver music differently, somewhat off the beaten track. You need those outfits that are hungry and want to succeed on a different plane than all the other mainstream folks.

And sometimes these projects and their records just grip you and won’t let go – at first at least. And you don’t even know why that should be. It’s truly visceral in a sense.… [...] Click to raid more!

Marianas Rest – Ruins (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Marianas Rest - Ruins - Album Cover“I had a dream, which was not all a dream”!

Ruins of Marianas Rest starts with a monologue that moves you out into space. One that Carach Angren could not have done better. And – truly – the tune and story also keeps you hostage to all sorts of horrors.

Only here, we have troubles of the mind that are at stake. Internalized terrors that somehow surface, when you least expect them. And not miscellaneous war crimes, or other horrifying dark urges.

But first and foremost, my question was: Where in Hel’s name do these solemnly marching metal sounds [...] Click to raid more!

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. Now, [...] Click to raid more!