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...!

UFO – No Heavy Petting (1976) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review UFO No Heavy Petting - Album CoverI do not know what it is with UFO (the band, not the friggin’ aliens…). On one hand they are brilliant, but on the other it is like – mediocre what they produce. And this very specific thread – at least – leads right through their early records. Their 5th studio record No Heavy Petting released in 1976 is no exception.

Now imagine 1976 for a minute: These were the times where you saw vehicles like the ‘Stutz Blackhawk’ come into fashion. No kidding: Big, gas guzzling monsters were all the rage at that time. Of course, you could also get sleeker machines they – the car makers – gave us in the ’70s – Corvette, Mustang, Firebird. Oil crisis of the early ’70s already forgotten. These were also the times of almost 15% inflation in the UK, earthquakes and tsunamis everywhere, Fidel Castro becoming president (he is still there at the time this review is written – well almost).  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!