Intermittent Digest – Tome V

RockmusicRaider Editorial - Tome VIt is high time for a new update of the latest state of affairs and exciting findings on the RMR website. Many months have elapsed since Tome IV came aboard and the 2016 Top 10 saw the light of day. The mighty post count now is way beyond the three hundred mark and a new logo was unleashed. RMR has just a few days ago gone fully secure on this virus infested internet, too. That is something the IT security officer was nagging us about for some time – and rightly so. 

Last year however the RockmusicRaider deck crew experienced a massive slowdown of output to the trusted readers.  Well – for now – the reasons for this outrageous gaffe shall remain mysterious and foggy for ye fans of the blog. This – sadly – led to a number of stellar 2016 releases – fodder for this here Tome V – that somehow got under the wheels of time. Just to be discovered anew. So, the first few months of this year really were all about catching up with the past and keeping track of the new material coming aboard this mighty ship.

Let the games begin with those who did not make it onto the 2016 Top 10, but RockmusicRaider Review - Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika - Album Covershould have been on this list. And one of those is Moonsorrow starring Jumalten Aika. I admit: The RMR officescape always somehow scoffed at the Black Metal masters from Finland. But as of this album, you will find only converts. This is an epic and mysterious piece of work that takes Symphonic Black Metal pieces to a whole new level. If only we had latched on to that record before the top ten was written. But alas, it was not to be.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Mercy Isle – Undying Fire (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Mercy Isle - Undying Fire - Album CoverThe Gothic and Symphonic Metal universe out there did not necessarily thrill me in 2016 (or even before, for that matter). After the general salivating on these genres stopped, many of them bands have not quite gone where no man went before and developed their tune further. Instead most like to take the lighted safe road and just produce the same thing in a different robe all over again. Now, some have seen the light (no pun intended) and started to put refreshing energy back into what never was. For instance, Diabulus in Musica and Epica both issued pretty sturdy new records that got my hopes up again. It is also fair to say that the many copy-cat soundalikes that pour in from the East are not necessarily helping to revive the genre neither.

So, it is a good thing that one comes across bands willing to be the flamebearers and step beyond the trivia trying to flood us. We are speaking about Mercy Isle and their 2016 début album Undying Fire. You could easily dismiss them as just another one of THEM. But only at first sight. Because once you start to listen to this pretty varied metal pizza, you just might start to think otherwise.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!