Geisterfels – La Névrose de la Pierre (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Geisterfels - La Névrose de la Pierre - Album CoverI am mad today. Black, raging mad. Eyes turning dark and glowing, horns growing on my front kind of mad. A real cosmic rage of epic proportions is roaring through my dark veins.  

So, what better time to violate a few principles. Even if the mighty god of blogging sez that thou shalt not turn against his Sacred Rulez. Hoots! So, the first one stipulates that you should not review records older than a few months. And for sure not those of last year. Yep, right.

The second one is to kick some high level, festival-cognizant and big label savvy attendants out the door. And favor a little known band instead. Just this once, oh mighty forces of the blog police. Even if the CTR risks to move South because of that and the SEO rating will drown itself. But who cares about SEO anyway, right Yoast?  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Dimmu Borgir – Eonian (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dimmu Borgir - Eonian - Album CoverThere was a time when the purists and die-hard adepts would have burned them disks on heaps of flaming plastic. Like those churches they liked to torch in Norway. We talk about those records that emanated from bands that stepped away from pure path of flaming, spiked and red-hot Black Metal. Those that reduced themselves to screamy bombast and loads of make-up. Cradle of Filth comes to mind for instance. Even if Dani Filth and his merry warriors are adamant that they are no Black Metal band no more. But still, this is pure blasphemy to the goat!

Or theatrical maniacs like Carach Angren emerged from the depths of the pit. Those shamelessly abuse the unholy goodness of the Dark Lord to produce elaborate productions of swarthy cheese. Bound in wrappers reeking of Black Metal flavors, but not quite containing them.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Amorphis – Queen of Time (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Amorphis - Queen of Time - Album CoverAye! Guilty! The first listen of Queen of Time – Amorphis‘ 2018 concoction – originated from a relatively lo-fi streaming platform. And – unsurprisingly – this first glimpse left yours truly wondering where Amorphis was headed these days. Terrible visions of Amaranthe-esque disasters, misguided Power Metal et al. But the Finns usually have been a stable brand. At least until now. So, confusion reigned for a while at the RockmusicRaider offices.

Just think back to the outstanding ’96 album Elegy or the 2015 piece Under The Red Cloud, perhaps with the exception of Circle that earned less brownie points. In this sense, the puzzle did not fit at all. The supreme powers that be @ RMR thus decreed a forced waiting time until such time that a better copy would become available. And – lo and behold – the moment hi-fi amps started to flow from the music machine, things started to change.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!