Atmospheric Black Metal • Finland
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Raate was formed by two individuals in the greater Helsinki area in Finland in the Spring of 2004. Later the same year, "Demo I" was released. After an enthusiastic response by the BM underground - including several highly favourable unsolicited reviews - the same recording was released by W.T.C. in 2006 as the 12" album "Halki kuolleen maan".

2007 brought the first release of new material by the band since 2004: a full-length album, "Sielu, linna". A new MCD was planned for Summer 2008, mainly consisting of material written for certain planned compilation projects that failed to see the light of day in 2007.
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RAATE Sielu, linna album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Sielu, linna
Atmospheric Black Metal 2007
RAATE Menetyksen Tie album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Menetyksen Tie
Atmospheric Black Metal 2011

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Demo I
Atmospheric Black Metal 2004

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RAATE Menetyksen Tie

Album · 2011 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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Genre: post-black metal

Definitely an interesting release, albeit on the monotonous side every now and then (which, I am sure, is intended), "Menetyksen Tie" is bleak and depressive and incredibly expressive. Drawing on the shoegazing attitude of alternative rock and taking their time, Raate are perhaps comparable to the likes of Alcest, Old Silver Key and Drudkh, although operating with a perhaps slightly simpler sound universe.

Despite the monotony, this album definitely has its moments - in fact, it has many of them. First of, there many instrumental sections and entire tracks are mesmerizing and haunting (with the 'Ajan Tempelli' as a good example). Also, the shoegazing approach to repetition has the effect that, whenever changes appear or riffage appears, which breaks with the repeated patterns, then it is really noticable, as is the case of the doomy and more straight black metal parts in 'Tulen laulu' and the slightly power-thrashy riffs in 'Taival').

This album will probably not appeal to everyone on this planet, but if you are into post-black metal with a touch of shoegazing, then you should check it out.

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