Video: Varg unleash Zeichen!

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Who would have thought that the RMR crew will cover the German metal band Varg one day? The ones from Bavaria, by the way. So, this is neither about their namesake from Freiburg nor about one Louis Cachet1) and his misdeeds in infamy.

Often caught in a whirlpool of some strange meandering brand of Metalcore2), Varg‘s former offerings never quite managed to convince the RMR crew. Sometimes they sounded a bit like modern-time Midgard, for crying out loud. Even if they have that knack for catchy melodies and choruses to dream … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Haken release Invasion!

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Well, to cover two videos on RockmusicRaider for one sole upcoming album is a true first. This is some sort of fanboy gluttony that should not be repeated too often, lest the blog lose its bite and focus. But hey, give credit, where credit is due, right?

Already Haken‘s former piece Canary Yellow off their upcoming record Virus fascinated us with their ’80s era, nuclear version of germ warfare gone wrong.

Yet here, Invasion positively stunned us. Not only is the storytelling superb (and superbly disturbing), but the somewhat pig-headed, rough style of Progressive Metal … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Treasure Chest Party Quest by Alestorm!

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Ouch. “500 years ago when I was born, I crawled from the womb with a drinking horn…”. Oh my, Christopher Bowes giving birth to himself just takes things to the next level.

Treasure Chest Party Quest from their upcoming album Curse of the Crystal Coconut is about the silliest piece that whizzed across my earphones in 2020. But I admit, Alestorm in pseudo-Balkan tracksuit attire singing that getting drunk will make you stinking rich just reduced me to helpless mirth. This thing is so full of epic clichés, I almost had a heart attack. Not that this band’s former [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Nightwish just released Noise!

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Dark and ominous is the glimpse Nightwish grant us into their upcoming new record HVMAN. :||: NATVRE. Noise offers a nightmarish view of a world straight out of an Orwellian universe, a cut eerily similar to The Matrix and its dark story.

As is custom for clips out of Nuclear Blast’s kitchen, the execution is top-notch and worthy of its theme. And I did fancy the pretty cool artistic contributions of some of the band members.

As to the tune, I enjoyed the Power Metal prevalent on that track with Floor Jansen trying some Gloryhammer-esque metal screams, short … [...] Click to raid more!