Arkuum – Die Letzte Agonie (2018) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Arkuum - Die Letzte Agonie - Album Cover Ah, the famed theme of death, and of dying things in general. Much ink was spilt already on the fundamental truths of everybody’s life over the last centuries. That we are going to die is one of them. One day. No matter what, it’s going to happen.

In actual fact, we all try not to die and survive for yet another day since we were born. And as long as we possibly can, which is kind of a frightening prospect, come to think of it. And much more ink will be wasted until science [...] Click to raid more!

Summoning – With Doom We Come (2018) – Review

Last updated on 2 October 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Summoning - With Doom We Come - Album Cover It is interesting how fantasy novels draw Black Metal acts to them. Yet in truth, the tune they play is no ‘proper’ Black Metal anymore, if there ever was such a thing.

Their theme morphed into some type of a sub-genre already some time ago. It remains blackened in a way, but definitely boasts that standalone, plasticky sound that fans will appreciate. A fantasy-laden musical landscape that these backyard studio metal bands exploit. And produce some sort of an over-exaggerated synthesizer-driven and almost artificial sound, decorated in dry, heaving rasps that became their trademark [...] Click to raid more!

RMR’s 2016 Top 10 Records

Last updated on 10 July 2020

RockmusicRaider Review - Darkend 2016 Well, it is time for some 2016 Top 10 reflections on RockmusicRaiders‘ most coveted findings for the last year. And it might turn out to be a few more than ten, but we will keep the official ranking to this magic number. We will just add a few honorable releases to the list that kinda missed this Viking fighting ship. The list is also a reflection on those bands that got us thinking and managed to mess up the peace (of mind) and quiet of the writer supreme on this blog.

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Balfor – Black Serpent Rising (2017) – Review

Last updated on 8 March 2021

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RockmusicRaider Review - Balfor - Black Serpent Rising - Album ReviewThe RockmusicRaider offices were literally flooded with Black Metal offerings of all 50+ shades and beyond in 2016. A trend to move towards the dark waters of the river Styx that we saw emerging already in late 2015. And which continues to this day. Indeed anything blackened was pretty much game and lots of it in stellar format. 

Now, 2017 already starts to shape up well. A first pitch black offering reaches us from the cold, cold steppes of the Ukraine. And it promises to be a juice dripping chunk of metal. Or does [...] Click to raid more!