Album Review: Guardian of the Fire – Raider – The Metal Wanderlust “Fancy a slab of ballsy Death/Thrash? Then check out “Guardian of The Fire,” the debut studio full length from Canadian Death Thrashers Raider, I promise, you won’t go far wrong with this release!” 5/5
Raider – Guardian of the Fire (Self-Released) | Dead Rhetoric.com “n the end, these eight tracks combine influences from their domestic Canadian roots as well as American finesse and aggression to illustrate the power, precision, and musicianship that keep Raider in league with acts like Annihilator, Exmortus, and Skeletonwitch as far as melodies, hooks, and darkened, savage attacking mechanisms.”
Raider have kicked in the door with their debut full-length, Guardian of the Fire. Intense, ceaseless, and wholeheartedly rollicking, Guarding of the Fire contains eight romping cuts that leave the listener absolutely spent by the finish. With death-style vocals over the thrashing riffs and rhythms, Raider have shown that while the usual combo of “deathrash” is great and all, still nothing compares to sick thrash stylings as the backbone to death metal overlays. Nothing. At least not when it comes to how Raider does it, anyway. Honestly, get this preposterously good shit in your earholes, NOW! Rating: 10 / 10
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Montreal, QC – March 18, 2020
For fans of Exmortus, Annihilator, Skeletonwitch, Deicide, Carcass
RAIDER Streaming New Album “Guardian of The Fire”
L – R: Ira Lehtovaara (Guitar) | Kevin Withers (Drums) | Brandon Sanders (Bass) | Gabe Rosa (Guitar) | Angelo Bonaccorso (Vocals)
Photo Credit – Wesley Raffan
Death/thrash outfit RAIDER, hailing from Waterloo, Canada will be releasing their album “Guardian of The Fire” on March 20th. The eight-track LP is a rush of E-standard mayhem, thrash overtones, and blackened vocals. Before it officially drops, the band is streaming the album in full via its premiere on NoCleansinging HERE.
With a writing process that flows collectively and organically, RAIDER cites that these eight tracks are thematically related and the first single, the title track of the recording, is the apex of the album’s theme regarding overcoming lies and hatred that stand between all of us and the truth.
The band explains:
“This album is about conquering everything that stands between you and the truth. It’s about not settling for the predetermined life that would have you playing puppet in someone else’s show. ‘Guardian of The Fire’ is an affirmation that we should forge our own way in this world – in spite of the overwhelming odds against us.”
In the veins of Sepultura, Annihilator, and Skeletonwitch, RAIDER is one of the underground death/thrash bands to keep an eye on in 2020.
Lyric Video ‘Guardian of The Fire’ HERE.
Music Video ‘Bound By No Fate’ HERE.
1. Bound By No Fate (5:00)
2. No Sign On The Dawn (6:04)
3. Endless Vengeance (6:16)
4. Guardian of The Fire (6:48)
5. Infernal Justice (6:03)
6. Ravenous Hydra (5:28)
7. Offering of Souls (6:15)
8. Destroyer (5:51)
Album Length: 47:49
In 2017, Raider naturally came together; maniacs playing death thrash in the unconventional E standard. Stating that they are fans of the inherent tightness they combine it with blackened death metal vocals and lay waste to audiences.
The quintessential Raider song starts with collaborative jamming filled in with grit and blasts of harmony and riffs, resulting in a refined final product. Lyrics stem from experiences, history, literature, our world today, and what our world could be tomorrow. At times they are a reflection of evil and at others, conquering it.
It wasn’t until 2020 that a full lineup was finally realized for Raider. Up until then, the second guitarist had been a fill-in for live shows, but with the addition of Ira Lehtovaara the lineup was complete and carving the path for their next move, the release of LP “Guardian of Fire” set to be unleashed on March 20, 2020.
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“”Bound By No Fate” itself is an unrelenting and chaotic blast of thrash. Even someone who’s not primarily a fan of the harsher vocal style prevalent within death metal should be able to appreciate and get into the new Raider track and upcoming album.” – Metal Injection
“Raider pillage the best of death and thrash for their own blazing (yet fun) fury on debut LP Guardian of the Fire, out March 20. Despite only forming in 2017, the Waterloo quintet sound export-ready, and not just to nearby markets but even to the far reaches of Europe, from which many of their influences hail.” – Exclaim! 8 Emerging Canadian Artists You Should Hear in March 2020
“Raise your horns and headbang so hard you might just crack your skull, with “Guardian of the Fire” Raider have joined the elite [8/10]” – Metal Noise
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Skull Fracturing Metal – Raider – Guardian of The Fire “Anyone who prefers death metal that is thrashy beyond belief will naturally gravitate towards this album. There are more than enough riffs to keep you coming back time and time again, so each listen will bring something new. There’s also no doubt that this material will rule in a live setting, so be sure to pick up “Guardian Of The Fire” and start stretching out your neck!”
Raider is on the list! \m/\m/ Exclaim! 8 Emerging Canadian Artists You Should Hear in March 2020 “Raider pillage the best of death and thrash for their own blazing (yet fun) fury on debut LP Guardian of the Fire, out March 20. Despite only forming in 2017, the Waterloo quintet sound export-ready, and not just to nearby markets but even to the far reaches of Europe, from which many of their influences hail.”