Somnambulant II, tales of sleepwalking by Final Coil!

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At first, this sounded like the background music at my local sushi restaurant. It really did, and it made me hungry just listening to that stuff. In other words, Final Coil‘s Somnambulant II took us a moment or two to get into. But we are glad, we took the time.

This band has been lurking in the background of our review pipe for a number of years. Their eclectic and somewhat funky style never quite made it to the forefront, though. Unfortunately, time constraints, seasonal woes, and staff issues1) often prevent us from covering everything. And for such … [...] Click to raid more!

Death of a Dryad – Hameln (2021) – Review

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Sometimes you encounter records that just stop you dead in your tracks. A jumble of sounds that somehow interacts with your blackened metal soul just hit ye. And spooked, you turn around to check who’s knocking. But nobody’s there.

That’s the somewhat haunting atmosphere Death of a Dryad‘s newest record Hameln immediately generates. With the powerful legend of the Pied Piper as your guide, courtesy of Robert Browning.

You know, the infamous tale of this multi-colored dude who marched all of them rats out of town in 1284 and sent them to drown. And when the misers … [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: INK offer Whispers of Calliope!

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You know, the RMR crew is always looking for the bands looming outside of the mainstream. Those that lurk in the murky depths of gloom by the side of the road. The bands looking for the unusual. Those who don’t give a damn where today’s undercurrents flow.

INK has been a consistent blip on our review radar in that department, for sure. Their Avantgarde-infused style prompted already a few listens of their 2016 album Loom. And for sure the RockmusicRaider deck crew wasted a few grams of black ink on that specific delight. But here and now we will [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Words that Burn launch Mirror Perfect Mannequin!

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Judging by their former video work, this is the Irish band Words That Burn‘s most elaborate project yet. And indeed: Mirror Perfect Mannequin from their late album Regret is for the Dead dazzles with a stunning choreography.

Hints of threats lurking in the shadows somewhere around you. Colors ranging only from white over a gazillion shades of grey to black, the story exudes an expertly orchestrated sense of menace that will not leave you throughout the length of the clip.

You won’t see any frenzied drummer hitting their kit like The Animal from the muppets. Nor do we have [...] Click to raid more!