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. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

SIG:AR:TYR – Northen (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - SIG:AR:TYR - Northen - Album CoverSee, it is indeed possible. You can write a complex metal tune without building brick walls so high that you won’t hear yourself anymore. And it can be done with a hike to the epic mountain top without firing up the mighty cheese machine too. 

Speaking of which: Here is a contender to metal fame that renders Amon Amarth and their Viking friends awfully cheesy. We are speaking about SIG:AR:TYR and their newest metal contribution Northen. I never quite knew that Viking Metal adepts brandished their tune in good ‘ol Canada. Until I came across the bands last record Godsaga. It took them some very long six years to hit the metal waves of the North again.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Mister Folk issues Compilation #4!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Mister Folk - Compilation Vol 4 - Album CoverWhat did I just read lately? Ah – yes – it went something like this – and I quote: “Always be yourself. But if you can be a Viking, always be a Viking.”

By that token, did you ever get the urge to spiff up your insights on Pagan, Folk or Viking Metal? Or perhaps you simply want to get some ideas on what juicy slab of music to procure next? I might just have the solution for you: The Italian site Mister Folk kind of regularly issues compilations of stuff they cover over time.

They lately published the Compilation Vol IV featuring names like Skyforger, the excellent SIG:AR:TYR or – again – Gotland.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Huldre – Tusmørke (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Huldre - Tusmørke - Album CoverLandscapes shrouded in fog, mystic swamps filled with goblins and dark, terrifying forests start at the Danish border. Right? Well, not to my knowledge. But if you listen to some of the tunes breezing over to us from Daneland, one could believe it. 

Indeed last year, the stellar, but pitch dark Black Metal contribution of Myrkur appeared out of nowhere and now Huldre comes along with songs from the twilight. And they even perform in a woody, leafy fashion on stage to top it. So, there you go, fits the forest theme, now does it? 

The fairies start flying once you start on Tusmørke! 

That and the trolls wrestling about on the forest floor.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Panychida – Haereticalia – The Night Battles (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Panychida - Haereticalia - Album CoverWhen starting on the newest album Haereticalia – The Night Battles of the Czech outfit Panychida, this just sounds like any other Symphonic Metal band trying out their often frugal orchestral muscle on the unsuspecting fan crowd. Often forgetting about the #metal that (should) make them tick.

The intro waltzes away like something straight from Central Europe, somewhat of a baroque-esque classical style with a slightly Austrian touch. Which makes sense to an extent: Panychida are joining us from Plzeň in the Czech Republic. An area more known for its beer, classical music (not #metal, sadly) and loads of history. So, you kind of wonder where this is all going.Got hooked? Raid this some more...