My Silent Wake – Damnum Per Saeculorum (2020) – Review

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RMR covered My Silent Wake before, in their incarnation as a Doom Death Metal band. Their very bare-bone yet rough and emotional style always made us listen up and home in for a closer look. Damnatio Memoriae and There Was Death come to mind.

But sometimes some of these bands have alter egos, yet another unplugged plane of existence. And this band is one of them.

True, 2020 is – so far – full of pretty excellent newly forged metal albums. And that kept us busy until the damp fogs of fall started to cover the moist landscape. It … [...] Click to raid more!

Vanha – Melancholia (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Vanha - Melancholia - Album Cover Solemnly marching Death Doom Metal sounds with a melodic twist have a soothing quality. Comfort in dark, dreary sounds. Drenched in a sea of sorrow and countless tears.

Don’t you think?

Just savor the soaring guitars that always kind of feel out of place. Yet they must be there, or the tune sounds incomplete. Or visit the measured growls that compete with clear voice lyrics, as the theme and atmosphere demands. All of that renders this tasty amalgam of Extreme Metal into something really palatable.

And you will want more of it. Because, indeed it soothes the suffering soul. Now, [...] Click to raid more!

My Silent Wake – There Was Death (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - My Silent Wake - There Was Death - Album CoverOnce desolation and doom in metal takes your fancy, you probably need to look no further than My Silent Wake. Former works like Damnatio Memoriae were already right up there with the likes of My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost. Or with a dramatically less meaty version of outfits like Loathfinder.

Yet, the band’s gothically tainted, painfully bleak and bare bone approach to Doom Death Metal always allowed them to carve out their own niche in this genre.

Then again – never shy of experiments – Ian Arkley launched himself into Invitiation to Imperfection in 2017. A [...] Click to raid more!

River of Souls – The Well of Urd (2017) – Review

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Don’t we like the old deities at RockmusicRaider. Those that existed before the nailed god and his ailing airs sucked all fun out of life. Back in time when Yule ruled strong, with feasting and a sacrifice or two on the menu. 

Sturdy tales galore of gods and their brethren out to commit mischief and strange actions of all types. Odin on Sleipnir (his horse), Njord, Yggdrasil and the three Norns living in the roots of the tree of life. All this fed by the Well of Urd at the source of it all.

Complicated, huh?

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