Oubliette – The Passage (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Oubliette - The Passage - Album CoverToday I hunger for some truly dark metal. A tune to slake my thirst for the obscure, the unspeakable that dwells down in the fiery pit. The metal manifestation of all these unholy urges that sometimes try to besmirch your inner self. And still, Black Metal often is mana for the soul. The calming agent that – believe it or not – will quiet the screams inside you.

The Tennessee-based band Oubliette and their newest record The Passage turned out to be the perfect remedy for the RMR deck crew’s aches and pains. Their tune floated about the officescape for a while now. And for good reason.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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...!