Stortregn – Emptiness Fills The Void (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Stortregn - Emptiness Fills The Void - Album CoverStortregn‘s 2016 record Singularity starts with this friggin’ solo. First one guitar, then the second chiming in. Very unusual for the genre they so avidly depict. But this … thing juicily draws you in, a magic metal pull. And down you go through the rabbit hole, where overheated amps shred a growling sound made for the true metalhead. Such stellar beginnings and the ensuing performance will be very difficult to beat on the next record. 

So, with some trepidation the RockmusicRaider crew stood in waiting for this new offering from the metal hotheads [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Zornheym portray The Opposed!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Zornheym - The OpposedIt is not easy to secure the publication of a video around the RockmusicRaider office. But there are exceptions to the rule, as always. And one of those exceptions is the (kind of) new Swedish Symphonic Extreme Metal band Zornheym – signed to Non Serviam Records.

They created a somewhat gory and haunting video expression called The Opposed, telling a story of a possessed and violent inmate of a mental institution. This nicely follows their overall concept or storyline centering around the horrors of just such an establishment and its sorry occupants. 

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Stortregn – Singularity (2016) – Review

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Stortregn Singularity Album CoverIt looks like the City of Calvin in Switzerland is a haven for Black Metal. RockmusicRaider just covered Rorcal – a somewhat extreme, very black pot of this kind of #metal ale – and now we are finding more of that. Not sure if the nice and politically correct people around the UN compound are aware of that. Or perhaps they are secretly part of the audience pouring blood over themselves? Who knows.

What strikes me with the Swiss band Stortregn right from the start is the guitar work. Straight from Heavy Metal heaven. Heavy Metal?? [...] Click to raid more!

Darkend – The Canticle of Shadows (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Darkend - The Canticle of Shadows - Album CoverAh, the devil communicates in Italian. How very fitting: Black Metal moving closer to Rome, spiked fists and all. But then Darkend are speaking in tongues on The Canticle of Shadows – many tongues. Mixing English with Italian, French, Latin into the fray. A real tower of Babylon, but what else would you expect from the devil? Right? 

Dissonance at every corner, monologues and a weird Lovecraft-esque type of nightmare Black Metal of the melodic kind. Some of that stuff is very reminiscent of the liturgical Batushka, keeping you unhinged like Myrkur at every turn [...] Click to raid more!