Dawn of Disease – Ascension Gate (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dawn of Disease - Ascension Gate - Album CoverDo you know what makes Noumena‘s Myrrys stand out from the mean crowd? It is their knack for metal melody, stellar – and unexpected – female output and down-to-earth, bearish growling right out of the Melodic Death Metal textbook. On the other hand, their Nordic brethren Insomnium solemnly flood their atmospherically-laden Melodeath juices out of Winter’s Gate with abandon. Of course, these two do not even start to describe the variety of the Scandinavian Melodic Death Metal scene that originated from the cold Northern plains. And these days good outfits play in many places pretty much around the globe.

The German band Dawn of Disease just unchained their newest and 4th full length record Ascension Gate.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Noumena – Myrrys (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Noumena - Myrrys - Album CoverShould we call this the law of physics of metal music? Sometimes it appears that good Melodic Death Metal can only originate from the Finnish cold plains. The reason is probably buried somewhere in the wastes of the North up yonder. Mixed with the dark, icy weather breeding melancholy and a language that nobody understands but themselves. All this invokes an atmosphere that many bands know to exploit only too well. Just think about Insomnium or Wolfheart

But when it comes to doomish Melodeath with a beastly streak, the somewhat unknown band Noumena shines prettily on this lonely mound in the endless Finnish wilderness.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...

Kausalgia – Dreamquest (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Kausalgia - Dreamquest - Album CoverIn this tsunami of #metal bands out there trying to catch a spot in the limelight, you sometimes miss the promising ones moving up through its murky depths and focus on pieces floating before you already. Because you know: Those got promise, as they are well known, right? But do they really?

To top it, the Murky Ones are sometimes very difficult to pin down. Either they got an otherworldly style or are simply not quite refined yet. Meaning, they won’t get your immediate (and easy) attention as a reviewer, the way other bands can. And this is often a pity, ’cause we may miss hidden gems.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Aephanemer – Memento Mori (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Aephanemer - Memento Mori - Album CoverOnce 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 one-man show. After much more hand-clapping that came and went, a proper band saw the light of day to drive things forward more seriously.Got hooked? Raid this some more...