Kvaen – The Funeral Pyre (2020) – Review

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I always thought that Stortregn boasted about the sturdiest metal offering on this blog. Not the blackest, nor the evilest, mind you. But it would qualify as sturdy, no-nonsense Extreme Metal. The take-no-prisoner kind.

The one that comes with some quality oomph, not only noisy dissonance. From one of those bands that are capable to squeeze that steely metal out of the proverbial ore.

Well, Stortregn just saw their throne lobbed out of the window. Gone, into the ditch outside the castle walls.

Because – I guess – we never had the pleasure to meet Kvaen[...] Click to raid more!

Sylosis – Live Review – Islington Assembly Hall 2020

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Discovering new music that deeply connects with you becomes rarer as you get older. At least for me.

When I was a teenager, discovering my love for rock/metal was effectively the first steps in becoming the person I am. That’s what being a teenager is about. Discovery.

So it sort of makes sense when you hit your late 20’s that you don’t fall in love with bands as hard as you used to, as your sense of self is far more developed. In theory. But I’m no psychology expert. I’ve just learnt … [...] Click to raid more!

Cwn Annwn – Patron Saint (2019) – Review

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Something just piqued my interest. It’s one of these cases, where you expect one thing, and you get quite another. Like you order a T-Bone and you get a lesson in veganism. Okay, it’s not that bad, but we are getting close.

So, here we came across Cwn Annwn, named after the famous Hounds of the Afterworld of Welsh folklore. A band name written in the unspeakable language of the little people from the hills. The descendants of the (very) mystical King Arthur, who valiantly fought the Anglo-Saxons, but finally lost. The folks that got … [...] Click to raid more!

Tyr – Hel (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Tyr - Hel - Album Cover It is true. These guys have an ego bigger than the tiny Faroe Islands, where they hail from. The swagger they deliver their fare with continues to astonish me. But what can you do, when warrior blood flows in your veins.

Right? 

Hel, the newest record of Tyr, feels, as if the beer-swirling folks of Alestorm moved North, and grew some muscle and real beards. And Amon Amarth should be ashamed of themselves, they just got keelhauled by some trve vikings. Or at least by the remnants of the descendants, or something. 

Or is it that Tyr worship [...] Click to raid more!