Newsflash: Neoheresy unleash Oblawa!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Neoheresy - Oblawa - Album CoverIf you visit a restaurant a number of times and you always find the same menu card, you will finally give up on them. And you’ll end up looking for places, where the food is equally good (or better), but the variation more stringent. The same goes with some of the metal genres that are out there.

Black Metal especially positively screams for some rejuvenating relief and some fresh pathways to travel. Too many bands are just holed up in their caves, drumming and rasping away – come hell (no pun intended…) or high water – in the same drowsy fashion they always did.

Now, luckily we have gigs like the Polish Neoheresy who try that different, but decidedly more thorny route to a new metal nirvana.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: AntimateriA ramps up the Amps!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - AntimateriA - Valo Aikojen Takaa - Album CoverWeren’t we just about done with Black Metal for 2016? I mean, with all the good stuff that already came our way, there could not be more, right?

Wrong!

The Norns at the roots of Yggdrasil were just laughing at me again and made another plan. By Loki! AntimateriA is the name of the plan and their new album Valo Aikojen Takaa is Thor’s Hammer so to speak. The disc just released beginning of September 2016, signed to Purity Through Fire RecordsAnd the band brings pretty sturdy, seldom seen #metal oomph to the party. 

So that is why Valo Aikojen Takaa made it onto the blog out of nowhere?

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Sojourner – Empires of Ash (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sojourner - Empires of Ash - Album CoverPicture this: A kiwi band from Dunedin in New Zealand, now based in Scotland (of all places), sporting a Swedish frontman from Malmö. Meet Sojourner and their début full length album Empires of Ash.

Their tune is something like Jethro Tull got married to Clannad (ok, not #metal, I know) and then met Ashbringer. All that jazz placed into a landscape reminiscent of Caladan Brood and Summoning combined.

So, what empires await thee?

If you are looking for something to tell you what dwells on the disc, just check out the album cover first. But the album is not that predictable after all. Somewhat to my surprise, I found Atmospheric Black Metal at a very high level of quality.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Ashbringer – Yügen (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ashbringer - Yügen - Album CoverFirst add a part of Wilderun. Then take a measure of Caladan Brood, mix in a trifle of Summoning. Next forget about the drum machine of the latter two and replace their ever-present synthesizer with a real band. Not that the sophomore album Yügen from Ashbringer is devoid of synthesized elements, far from it. But compared to the highly electronically laden work of some Black Metal acts, this is music made by real people – if you get my drift. The fact that the band members are mostly still in their late teens is just another jaw dropping fact, looking at the very mature and professional approach they take to music. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Batushka – Litourgyia (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Batushka - Litourgyia - Album CoverDa Pacem Domine? For sure not in Batushka‘s first studio record Litourgyia. This album is going to get worse as it progresses. And it has this friggin’ tendency to keep you on your toes and not grant you one tranquil moment to calm down and contemplate your situation. Interested?

And I quote: “Band members are unknown, but they are from well known bands.” We are told that the band is – supposedly – from Poland. And this fits and it does not bode well. Trouble looming over the horizon, which is exactly what we want, when looking at such a record. And indeed, the first sounds on this frozen début concoction called Litourgyia are … chants.Got hooked? Raid this some more...