For My Demons – Close to the Shade (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - For My Demons - Close To The Shade - Album CoverIs it fall yet? No, not quite. We are are about to reach summertime. When the weather is high, y’know, that kind of thing. Yet, when I leafed through the review pipe I found a dark, melancholy type of album. Not made for happy, sunny and airy times. And it is from last year to boot. One that patiently sat in the RMR review pipe for an extremely long time.

So, why the wait? Ye see, the time just needs to be right for this kind of music. If you are in the mood for trve metal, then a review of such a genre will only end in disaster. And this record – for sure – is nowhere near any metal. The band crafted a tune clad in the earthy colors of a rainy day in the mountains instead. When the snow finally approaches, but is not quite there yet. Just the mist shows in the morning above the treetops and a promise of colder weather in the air awaits discovery. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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...!

Carach Angren – Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten (2017) – Review

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Carach Angren Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten Album CoverSometimes theatrics are just part of the show, there’s nothing else to it. Or they can be part of a band’s DNA, out of which their style and lifeblood emerges. Just look at bands like Cradle of Filth, whose works would be rated much differently, were you to judge them by the music only. Yet – as it turns out – their on-stage and on-clip performance plays an almost equally important role in their fans’ perception. And by that same token for the reviewers and critics as well.

This is something we will see more of, as the music industry evolves further, by the way. I detect this tendency towards more and better integrated multi-media productions. And here we have metal bands already playing that game, at a somewhat nerdy level of mastery. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!