Aexylium call their creation Folk Metal, like so many others before them. This made us expect some leafy representation of Huldre or a gangnam version of Kanseil once the review crew started on the record. Who knows? Maybe one can concoct some catchy dance moves to the beat of bagpipes and hurdy-gurdy? Yet, little did we know what we were going to find. [...]
The 2016 record Conduit of King Goat already prominently featured on the RockmusicRaider blog. And all that despite of yours truly in a way. Because – at the beginning – I was not too amused with that snazzy new outpouring of doom. The record thus took its sweet time to mount in pressure and kinda reach the green zone. You know, the one that will get this reviewer to write a few words. But the band, somewhat to my surprise, finally succeeded with a pretty good rating.
Well, King Goat seem to be doomed for the same fate all over again, like some ghost that cannot move over to the other side. No pun intended – well, almost. Because the same ‘get outta here’ feeling got ahold of the RockmusicRaider deck crew when we finally got around to plug their new album in and start on it. Too much screaming at sound check will not make good music, was the first reaction. But then the record started to take on some volume, a certain unmistakable poise that will get you to listen further. [...]
Aye! Guilty! The first listen of Queen of Time – Amorphis‘ 2018 concoction – originated from a relatively lo-fi streaming platform. And – unsurprisingly – this first glimpse left yours truly wondering where Amorphis was headed these days. Terrible visions of Amaranthe-esque disasters, misguided Power Metal et al. But the Finns usually have been a stable brand. At least until now. So, confusion reigned for a while at the RockmusicRaider offices.
Just think back to the outstanding ’96 album Elegy or the 2015 piece Under The Red Cloud, perhaps with the exception of Circle that earned less brownie points. In this sense, the puzzle did not fit at all. The supreme powers that be @ RMR thus decreed a forced waiting time until such time that a better copy would become available. And – lo and behold – the moment hi-fi amps started to flow from the music machine, things started to change. [...]