Valfreya – Promised Land (2017) – Review

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I am unsure where this somewhat morbid fascination with the history of marauding Norsemen going Viking comes from. After all, they invaded the homesteads of foreign populations, looted, killed, raped, and enslaved until there was no one left. And then they settled the lands for whatever it was worth. I believe the dwellers of the early English kingdoms would have a few stories to tell.

But here we are, and Viking Metal bands are legion these days. And let’s face it: Metal with all its dark facets is just perfect to describe yonder sea adventures and battles alike. RockmusicRaider already … [...] Click to raid more!

Varg – Zeichen (2020) – Review

Last updated on 9 February 2021

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The German band Varg seems to hit a great many raw nerves around the metal community. The grievances are legion and range from unease about style to outright, virulent hatred.

As to the RMR crew, Varg never quite connected with our inner self to this day. We – indeed – stumbled across their wares in the past, but the love never generated that urge to write a review. Or any other article about that band for that matter.

Then there is the controversy about right-wing undercurrents that Varg apparently serviced. Something they vehemently … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Varg unleash Zeichen!

Last updated on 13 February 2021

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Who would have thought that the RMR crew will cover the German metal band Varg one day? The ones from Bavaria, by the way. So, this is neither about their namesake from Freiburg nor about one Louis Cachet1) and his misdeeds in infamy.

Often caught in a whirlpool of some strange meandering brand of Metalcore2), Varg‘s former offerings never quite managed to convince the RMR crew. Sometimes they sounded a bit like modern-time Midgard, for crying out loud. Even if they have that knack for … [...] Click to raid more!

Vermilia go for Keskeneräisiä Tarinoita!

Last updated on 5 January 2021

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Okay, I admit it. Finnish is not my forte, at all. I do speak a few languages, but the more you move North and – for sure – East, complexities increase somewhat exponentially. Until you end up with Chinese, which is a totally different animal.

So, the abundant supply of Finnish Extreme Metal offerings in native language must convince us by their sole power of musical projection. And that same rule goes with the enigmatic Vermilia and their newest blurb Keskeneräisiä Tarinoita. Unfinished stories that title translates to, I … [...] Click to raid more!