Meadows End – Sojourn (2016 / 2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Meadows End - Soujourn - Album CoverNow, imagine you would marry the evil twin of Nightwish to Insomnium and giving the female front of the former the boot first. You would in all probability beget a magic child called Meadows End.

Their style mixes the Scandinavian kind of Death Metal with not very subtle symphonic elements. And this gets us a sound that is pretty unique. Even if further influences like Omnium Gatherum, Amon Amarth and a tad of Wolfheart cannot be denied.

The Swedish Melodic and Symphonic Death Metal band Meadows End came [...] Click to raid more!

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 [...] Click to raid more!

Aephanemer – Memento Mori (2016) – Review

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Once 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 [...] Click to raid more!

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 [...] Click to raid more!