Amorphis – Queen of Time (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Amorphis - Queen of Time - Album CoverAye! Guilty! The first listen of Queen of Time – Amorphis‘ 2018 concoction – originated from a relatively lo-fi streaming platform. And – unsurprisingly – this first glimpse left yours truly wondering where Amorphis was headed these days. Terrible visions of Amaranthe-esque disasters, misguided Power Metal et al. But the Finns usually have been a stable brand. At least until now. So, confusion reigned for a while at the RockmusicRaider offices.

Just think back to the outstanding ’96 album Elegy or the 2015 piece Under The Red Cloud, perhaps with the exception of Circle that earned less brownie points. In this sense, the puzzle did not fit at all. The supreme powers that be @ RMR thus decreed a forced waiting time until such time that a better copy would become available. And – lo and behold – the moment hi-fi amps started to flow from the music machine, things started to change.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Video: Karkaos unleashes the Tyrants!

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RockmusicRaider Review - Karkaos - Children of the Void - Album CoverIn 2017 the Canadian metal adepts Karkaos unleashed Children of the Void, their sophomore full length record. I really liked their somewhat peppery brand of metal, this mix between Arch Enemy infused Melodic Death Metal and loads of elements of Power Metal that always kept yer juices flowing. The band already released a pretty powerful video for Kolossos, the 3rd track of the album. 

Karkaos now doubled down with a new video called Tyrants. This is the grittiest of all tracks on this album, displaying a dark and sepulchral, yet speedy brand of powerful Melodic Death Metal. Some real crunch with a pretty staunch solo to boot. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

River of Souls – The Well of Urd (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - River of Souls - The Well of Urd - Album CoverDon’t we like the old deities at RockmusicRaider. Those that existed before the nailed god and his ailing airs sucked all fun out of life. Back in time when Yule ruled strong with feasting and a sacrifice or two on the menu. 

Sturdy tales galore of gods and their brethren out to commit mischief and strange actions of all types. Odin on Sleipnir (his horse), Njord, Yggdrasil and the three Norns living in the roots of the tree of life. All this fed by the Well of Urd at the source of it all. Complicated, huh? This may be so, but the old ones were definitely much more interesting than the current occupants of the godly throne. With their earthly representatives weirdly howling about vast, empty buildings filled with scented smoke. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!