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...!

Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika - Album CoverThe things we missed in 2016. And it is 67 minutes of raw and corny metal issued by one of the most prodigious metal bands out there. The Finnish outfit Moonsorrow released their 7th full length album Jumalten Aika (The Age of Gods) last year. This after five years of wait, when many thought that nothing would be forthcoming anymore. And boy is this a peppered dish.

It is funny: I am hearing their sound described as Folk Metal a lot. Well, whenever I listen to their tune, I hear the mighty ogres marching towards the King’s castle, making their sounds of war. Nothing of the hurdy-gurdy heavy mess many of the Folk Metal bands are projecting these days. The tune on Jumalten Aika always sounds to me like a more cathedral and delicate version of the latest SIG:AR:TYR record, combined with some early Bathory mixed into the fray.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Wilderun – Sleep at the Edge of the World (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Wilderung - Sleep at the Edge of the World - Album CoverSleep at the Edge of the World of the Progressive Folk Metal band Wilderun is another one of these gems that – I am unhappy to say – somehow did not get on the RockmusicRaider review list in 2015. And it is a disturbing piece of work. You start listening and you cannot stop. This particular stretch of tune must be bewitched. Not that it is overly melodious. Well, no, it actually is. But then it isn’t – disturbingly isn’t. Have I confused you yet?

Wilderun‘s devilishly complex and self-released sophomore album Sleep at the Edge of the World will do that to you. It kind of feels like Steven Wilson‘s Hand. Cannot. Erase. taken to the next fucking level. Just check out Hope and Shadow (Ash Memory Part II). Progressive Folk Metal moving up to meet Death Metal. With some fragrant blackish intonations thrown in for sport. Then they mix well and spit out again. To still kick it up a notch, they swirl some symphonic elements into this whole composition and skillfully done too. Do I see Eluveitie dancing up and down at the edges of my vision? [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!