Author Archives: RiffRaff

Tales from Bandcamp: Aura by Saor


a1739750011_10Rolling hills, mystical lakes, breathtaking valleys, etc.  All those wonderful things you think of when you think of the Hinterlands of Scotland are magnificently personified through the music of one man band Saor.  Heavy on the awe and wonder of nature this atmospheric blend of folk and black metal simply awes.  The folksy layers build a shamanistic sense of wonder while the flurries of the black metal make you feel as if you are a fallen leaf being carried along gusts of wind down and out of the majestic Scottish landscapes.

To say Saor’s recently released album Aura is anything less than a masterpiece would be a gross understatement.  With production that sounds both sharp yet maintains that warm tone I look for in my ‘nature metal’ and songs that are as engaging as they are epic this is one record that you can not miss this year.  If bands like Moonsorrow, Panopticon, Vintersorg, or Wolves in the Throne Room do wonders to your ear drums, I implore you to click the play button of the Bandcamp stream below.  And, as always if you like what you hear, which I’m sure you will, click that buy button.  Let us know how much you loved the album in the comments!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

For more Saor give ‘em a ‘like’ on Facebook, check out the equally awesome debut record Roots on Bandcamp, and get tons of other info on the official site.

No Longer Housebroken


Heya readers, just to update y’all on something non-pertinent, Atleastimhousebroken is still me, I just changed my nickname to RiffRaff because it makes my life ever so slightly easier.  That’s all.  Now,

LEEEEETTTTTSSSSS DOOOOOO THEEEE TIIIIIIIMMMME WAAAAAAAARRRRRRRP AGAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIINNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Roundtable Review: Adaptation by Noctooa


a0233950795_10Label: Pesanta Urfolk

Release Date: 15 May 2014

Songs: 10

Length: 51 minutes

Genre: Dark Neoclassical Folk

Studio Albums: This is their debut album

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Roundtable Review: Emanations by Serpentine Path


a0252471896_10Label: Relapse Records

Release Date: 27 May 2014

Songs: 7

Length: 45 minutes

Genre: Doom/Death Metal

Studio Albums: Serpentine Path (EP), 2012

Location: USA

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Roundtable Review: The Beast of Left and Right by Lazer/Wulf


PromoImageLabel: Retro Futurist Records

Release Date: 15 July 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 50 minutes

Genre: Experimental Prog Metal

Studio Albums: There was a hole here. It’s gone now (EP), 2012; The Void That Isn’t (2009)

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Retro Roundtable Review: Adrenaline by Deftones


Adrenaline-Cover-300x300Label: Maverick

Release Date: October 1995

Songs: 11

Length: 48 minutes

Genre: Nu Metal

Studio Albums: This was their first of seven studio albums

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Album Review: Savage Gold by Tombs


12 Jacket (Gatefold - Two Pocket) [GD30OB2-N]When I first heard Tombs a couple of years ago I was instantly in awe of how intense, claustrophobic, and dense their music was.  Even to this day, when I’m feeling in the mood for a thick aural bludgeoning of post-blackened sludge I pop their album The Path to Totality on here and there and it instantly brightens up my day.  Needless to say, I was quite looking forward to their follow-up, but was concerned because I couldn’t imagine their sound getting any more crushing without turning into a hot mess or just a rehash of their previous masterwork.  Well, like any great band, Tombs were able to craft a follow-up that is just as crushing, twice as deep, and a tad less claustrophobic.

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