Newsflash: Malacoda fancy Ritualis Aeterna!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Malacoda - Ritualis Aeterna - Album CoverMalacoda flapped about the RMR offices mutual conscience for a long while already, like one of them big fat vampire bats. The ones from places where the moon reigns supreme with its big, shiny fangs. Their EP Ritualis Aeterna initially released in December 2016 and now got on global distribution by this January 2018.

Named after a character in Dante Alghieri’s Inferno, Malacoda takes the idea of Gothic Metal to a next level. The band paints this vivid, slightly decadent debauchery of soundscapes in bold baroque and Victorian strokes. Some sort of a delicious, epic pandemonium, slightly reminiscent of Kamelot with a hint of Fleshgod Apocalypse and early Xandria at times.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Video: Karkaos unleashes the Tyrants!

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RockmusicRaider Review - Karkaos - Children of the Void - Album CoverIn 2017 the Canadian metal adepts Karkaos unleashed Children of the Void, their sophomore full length record. I really liked their somewhat peppery brand of metal, this mix between Arch Enemy infused Melodic Death Metal and loads of elements of Power Metal that always kept yer juices flowing. The band already released a pretty powerful video for Kolossos, the 3rd track of the album. 

Karkaos now doubled down with a new video called Tyrants. This is the grittiest of all tracks on this album, displaying a dark and sepulchral, yet speedy brand of powerful Melodic Death Metal. Some real crunch with a pretty staunch solo to boot.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Ossian Smith unleashes Sleepless Town!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Ossian Smith - Sleepless Town - Album CoverSometimes it just takes simple rock to put a smile on your face. And one would think that we have seen it all when it comes to rock’n’roll. But you still find them out there; the artists that manage to squeeze their trade a bit more and get something original and tasty out to their fan base.

Built on a cheekily hinted foundation of good ol’ rock tunes from the ’70s and ’80s, Finnish artist Ossian Smith happily mixes Punk, alt-Country, Southern, Folk Rock and more into a somewhat headstrong concoction. In a short 17 minutes, the EP Sleepless Town is a pretty impressive piece of work.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Video: Holy Diver Unplugged on Deep Dark River!

RockmusicRaider Video - Deep Dark River 2018Who remembers the priest in chains flung into the roaring sea by the daemon? I do for sure. These were the times when Heavy Metal got an uplift and Holy Diver emerged. A record that – incidentally – also appeared on our first installment of the Old’n’Tasty series. Delivered by a crystal clear voice and ending up as a classic after so many years. Dio really took off with that record and the track that went with it.

Deep Dark River run by Morgan Rider (SIG:AR:TYR, Vesperia) just released this tasty cover of the track Holy Diver. As an acoustic, unplugged version, no less. And delivered in a somewhat solemn, wayward fashion by Rider and in a way that has been quite unheard of to this date.Got hooked? Raid this some more...