Video: Karkaos unleashes the Tyrants!

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RockmusicRaider Review - Karkaos - Children of the Void - Album CoverIn 2017 the Canadian metal adepts Karkaos unleashed Children of the Void, their sophomore full length record. I really liked their somewhat peppery brand of metal, this mix between Arch Enemy infused Melodic Death Metal and loads of elements of Power Metal that always kept yer juices flowing. The band already released a pretty powerful video for Kolossos, the 3rd track of the album. 

Karkaos now doubled down with a new video called Tyrants. This is the grittiest of all tracks on this album, displaying a dark and sepulchral, yet speedy brand of powerful Melodic Death Metal. Some real crunch with a pretty staunch solo to boot.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Ostura – The Room (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ostura - The Room - Album CoverI am amazed. These guys managed to get the attention of Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Guilt MachineStream of Passion, The Gentle Storm), plus secured the services of a felt gazillion of additional guest performers from 12 countries. As if this weren’t enough, they got Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studios to do the mixing and mastering piece. Then the band forged ahead and landed us with 74 minutes of progressive goodness on 12 tracks. Wow!

And this raised a major concern right from the beginning. Do we have another case of extensive, badly managed complexity that raises its ugly head? It for sure sounded like that to me at first.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Deathless Legacy – Rituals of Black Magic (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Deathless Legacy - Rituals of Black Magic - Album CoverUnholy chanting in the dark, invocations of the daemon, bodily fluids freely streaming down the altar. Oh, lusty Black Mass, where art thou? Well, we got Black Metal outfits like Riti Occulti or – again – Darkend that cover this kind of topic. And it has been covered before and will be the subject of future records, I am sure. Then, you got those pretenders with the pig heads on stakes, pigs blood and chicks on crosses. Gorgoroth comes to mind with their 2004 performance in Krakow that almost got them in touch with the Polish jailhouse rock.

Yet, from time to time we find some others, adding a dramatic Borgia flavor to the these shenanigans straight from the crypt.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Tragul Ramp It Up!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Tragul 2018Same as the dreaded Henry MetalTragul ramped up their presence ever more during 2017. Only that this particular band took a much more interesting route. The newly formed outfit decided to forego the usual treadmill and to release every 1-2 months a new video, but no album. A kind of a drip feed to the hungry masses addicted to your soundbites, which – in itself – is an interesting concept.

In a few short months their style morphed from an electronically tainted and symphonically challenged Sirenia offshoot to Symphonic Metal with a pretty serious Power Metal bite. And there is more: Starting off in Paraguay of all places, Tragul basically is an international gig with a pretty impressive, multi-continental line-up. Got hooked? Raid this some more...