My Silent Wake – Damnatio Memoriae (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - My Silent Wake - Damnatio Memoriae - Album CoverDoom Metal is one of the most fascinating genres in the metal multiverse. Ranging from clear voice and female fronted outfits, like Draconian, over the Peaceville Three to the slow marches of Funeral Doom.

And it is all about emotion. Some project tear-drenched sadness. And others again go for angry desolation, fueled by everyday issues and concerns.

And this is the emotional scale My Silent Wake project in their album Damnatio Memoriae. Doom Death Metal to be consumed with a pinch of desolation and powered by general anger, even fury. And they deliver it [...] Click to raid more!

Vanha – Within the Mist of Sorrow (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Vanha - Within The Mist fo Sorrow - Album Cover2016 was a pretty good year for all things doom, methinks. RockmusicRaider just released a review on the US band Khemmis and their kind of progressive and melodious doomish self.

And – whoom – here we go again. 

The fearless RMR scout team just unearthed a tasty morsel of a similar ilk from very late in 2016. But mostly delivered in best, growly Doom Death Metal fashion – with clear vocals and croaks expertly mixed. And the team here thought that the slowly chugging beat of My Dying Bride could not be bested.

But the Swedish act Vanha with their [...] Click to raid more!

Khemmis – Hunted (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Khemmis - Hunted - Album CoverI think the likes of Paradise Lost or My Dying Bride just got themselves some serious company. But with a grungy flavor that constantly reminds me of the 2015 piece Crypt Sermon wrote.

Now, where is this terrible name-calling coming from already at the beginning of a review?

Well, the sophomore effort Hunted of the American band Khemmis does that to you. This is not to say that they are skimming off other bands too hard, just to be clear. They place themselves slam into this Doom Metal universe that other sad warriors already occupy for some time.[...] Click to raid more!

Draconian – Arcane Rain Fell (2005) – Review

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It is wintertime again. Well, not quite yet, but we are almost there. And it is definitely cold enough for my thin blood running in my veins. The countryside gets more desolate by the day with murky light and fog everywhere. The weather pelting you with rain, sleet, and snow at Thor’s whim. And you ask yourself: Whatever happened to Freyr and his sunny ways?

So, what better time than now to look at an old(er) Doom Metal record with a Gothic flavor. Draconian‘s 2005 second full-length album Arcane Rain Fell is a good one to start this series [...] Click to raid more!