Paradise Lost – Medusa (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Paradise Lost - Medusa - Album CoverChameleons rule. Small lizards prone to sneak about trees, to look at you weirdly and change color whenever it suits them. The terror of insects of any kind – one hit of their sticky tongue and their victims are history. Well that’s the animal kingdom. But you find them not only there, but also with our brethren in Rock and Metal. Perhaps not as deadly, but for sure very capable to shed skins and change color at a moment’s notice.

Paradise Lost is one of them for sure with their newest concoction Medusa. Jumping styles like the chameleon does colors. We saw them wallow down Gothic Metal lane – as in Draconian Times (1995) or experimenting with electro-pop, synthie madness on Host (1999) and Believe in Nothing (2001).Got hooked? Raid this some 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 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 début Within the Mist of Sorrow are a sure contender to do just that.Got hooked? Raid this some 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.

And Hunted differentiates how exactly?

First, to get there you need to give the record a serious listen.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Draconian – Arcane Rain Fell (2005) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Draconian - Arcane Rain Fell - Album CoverIt is winter time 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 with.

This record really marks the turning point for the band!

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Newsflash: Void King stares into Nothing!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Void King - There is Nothing - Album CoverHells Bells! Now I am really feeling stoned. Just successfully navigated through a series of listens of the US stoner/doom band Void King and their début and self-released album There is Nothing

You will find an intense soundscape with a gazillion of downturned, excellent riffs present assaulting you from every corner. The record surprises with a grungy, doomish, metal-infused Stoner Rock from back in time. All of this fittingly supplemented by Jason Kindred‘s gritty vocals. At times their tune sounds like some unclean, drunken version of the biggies in the Doom world, like Paradise Lost.

But beware: This is a tough piece of gristle served to you, not your nicely carved filet piece.Got hooked? Raid this some more...