Newsflash – Vanad Varjud get an aura in 2016!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Vanad Varjud - Dismal Grandeur in Nocturnal Aura - Album CoverTalk about a style that will stick to you like water in 40 Celsius below zero. A tune made for the bleaker moments in your #metal life – or for times, when you are not afraid. Best consumed in deep winter, when the wolves howl about the icy tundra of Estonia.

Vanad Varjud‘s newest concoction Dismal Grandeur In Nocturnal Aura is, whilst not very long, still a very sturdy stew of all things wild and darkly #metal. Their very strange and cold mix of Black Metal, combined with a large offering of depressive and doomish elements will impress that gloomy atmosphere upon your soul. You might want it or not. With no track shorter than an epic 10 minutes or so, you will get your share of a much bleaker tune than was present on the preceding album. Not many bands out there are really able to project this bleak landscape the way Vanad Varjud do. And this is their main strength, should they choose to get noticed.

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Newsflash – Gothic Metal in The Eyes of Desolation!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - The Eyes of Desolation - Awake in Dead - Album CoverYou know, I am not sure what really stuck with me and got me to listen (much) longer than I usually do when doing selections for the review and news lists. It must be this darkly threatening mix of Gothic Metal with Progressive trends and elements thrown all over their tune. With enough dissonance to keep you on your toes and awake (well, no pun intended…). Add some crunchy #metal ice-cubes into this Mojito in front of you and ready is your desolate cocktail for the evening.

The Eyes of Desolation just unleashed their newest EP Awake in Dead signed to Symbol of Domination Production (EU) and Cavan Records (CR) onto the unsuspecting world this early 2016. Somewhat eerily reminiscent of Moonspell in a way with a pinch of Todtgelichter, but disturbingly darker, it will work itself under your skin and stick to you like glue. And it’s got these traditional softer attributes to Gothic Metal too sometimes, the vocal delivery reminding me of Blutengel in a way, albeit not as electronic as the latter.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash – Goholor – Metal from the Abyss!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Golohor - In Saeculis Obscuris - Album CoverYou like your #metal right black, down and dirty? Right? Meet Goholor. They just released their first and very short EP this January 2016 named In Saeculis Obscuris and I can tell ya: It is intense. Refreshingly intense and not for the fainthearted, with an energy that will not let you out of its clutches until the last note is squeezed out in the open.

Made possible through joint action of Symbol of Domination Productions and Schattenkult Produktionen, the disc is perhaps a bit scratchy around the edges still and a tad repetitive, but getting there to the way such Black Metal concoctions with a Death Metal twist ought to be played. And don’t get me wrong: Nothing light and airy about this first inkling of what the band actually can do. This is right down in the pit with the devil stabbing sharp objects at the poor you. And it better be that way with a record barely beyond 16 minutes of airplay.

Goholor – joining us from Slovakia – saw the light of day in 2010, now getting their first EP out into the open. Current lineup: Demo (Dimonsium Chaotic), Anton and Pio (Dimonsium Chaotic). The band is now working on new material for their first full length album. RockmusicRaider will be watching, they will be going places. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!