My Silent Wake – There Was Death (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - My Silent Wake - There Was Death - Album CoverOnce desolation and doom in metal takes your fancy, you probably need to look no further than My Silent Wake. Former works like Damnatio Memoriae were already right up there with the likes of My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost. Yet, the band’s gothically tainted, painfully bleak and bare bone approach to Doom Death Metal always allowed them to carve out their own niche in this genre.

Then again – never shy of experiments – Ian Arkley launched himself into Invitiation to Imperfection in 2017. A somewhat pigheaded unplugged piece that the jury is still out for. Not unexpectedly, some off-flavors of the latter spilled into There Was Death.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Ildra – Eðelland (2011 / 2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ildra - Eðelland - Album CoverSome bands bury themselves so far underground, it is amazing that we can actually find them. You need to be a tunnel rat for Norad to unearth them, though. And still, you will be able to find them only with some sort of nuclear powered detection device. Or else they will just dig down further, like some giant metal mole in a cosmic rage.

A myriad of Black Metal outfits have already tried this hide-and-seek approach, wearing masks and threatening everybody and sundry with the Dark Lord, should they try to uncover their identity. But seldom have we come across a band like Ildra and their first-born Eðelland.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Mighty Oaks – Howl (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Mighty Oaks - Howl - Album CoverSometimes the process of reckoning and reasoning @ RockmusicRaider is unfathomable. No rhyme nor reason seems to be apparent when it comes to record selection for the ever-important review list. The one that decides – sometimes on a whim – who’s gonna get on the blog. 

Then we sometimes enigmatically decide to cover older records first, before the new ones get a chance. Or we go for very old ones to boot; a Scorpions review just saw the light of day lately for instance. ‘Cause stubborn RMR does not listen to pop lore pundits, telling us to only cover same-year records. Or the world will stop and you will drop off. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Shadygrove – In The Heart Of Scarlet Wood (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Shadygrove - In the Heart of Scarlet Wood - Album CoverI had a complaint. It all centered around the lack of folk on the RockmusicRaider blog. A sentiment that the RMR deck crew heartily supported by the way. The zine got a pretty tough metallic shine over the last months – growls, corpse paint and all. And this is just dandy of course, no contest. But our credo also leans towards the more folksy aspects of the music multiverse. 

So, what better surprise than this alluring blurb from Italy that just wafted over the alps. ‘Tis exactly that medicine that we need to soothe our metal-hot nerves with. Complete with a Celtic, kind of Medieval flavor and a sprinkling of pop culture to boot.Got hooked? Raid this some more...