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

Insomnium – Winter’s Gate (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Insomnium - Winter's Gate - Album CoverIt was one of those #metal moments! Winter’s Gate, Insomnium‘s 7th full length release finally arrived at my doorstep. And what do I find? One 40 minute monster track. Come again, they did what? What on earth are they noodling about? With trepidation we think back to similar attempts made by the likes of Pink Floyd and others way back in time when monstrous, rambling concoctions were fashionable.

And not many protagonists – with some  laudable exceptions – pulled these offerings off well enough to really impress the audience ever since. Let’s be honest. [...] Click to raid more!