Totenheer – Die Schwarze Spinne (2020) – Review

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Will 2020 be the year of the storytellers?

We just covered Porta Nigra and their godly blackened airs early this year. Now, this time we came across Totenheer, literary specialists from Switzerland, it appears. But the theme they chose is one of those tales that I learned to appreciate over time.

Jeremias Gotthelf’s Die Schwarze Spinne (the black spider) practically lends itself for an Extreme Metal epic. Because it is a dark and evil story, seemingly written by the devil himself. One that ominously tells of a deal with Lucifer gone wrong. Complete with … [...] Click to raid more!

Krokus – Metal Rendez-Vous (1980) – Review

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Damn, nostalgia hits ye like a ton of bricks sometimes, doesn’t it? Sounds and smells of long bygone times return once a certain piece plays on rock radio.

This just so happened a few days ago when I cruised along the country highway with my snazzy carriage. And – suddenly – Tokyo Nights blazed out of my sound system. You know, the piece Krokus did back in 1980 on their fourth album Metal Rendez-Vous.

This also made me realize that Krokus‘ story is far from being told on RockmusicRaider and that a new review … [...] Click to raid more!

Blame Zeus – Seethe (2019) – Review

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Blame Zeus‘ newest record Seethe has total aggression splashed right over it. That overheated rage which just boils dangerously close underneath that very thin surface.

So, the RMR deck crew fired up the disk and let ‘er rip. Strapped into our chairs and ready for that atomic blast that surely would come our way.

But it looks like Blame Zeus won’t give us the volcano treatment. With violent and epic rock eruptions that would cover us all in burning ashes, like a rocky Pompei number two.

Or will they?

Well, at least not right away. … [...] Click to raid more!

Faun – Märchen & Mythen (2019) – Review

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Katja Moslehner left the Medieval and Pagan Folk masters Faun in 2017. If you remember, the lady joined in 2013, just in time for the release of the much-contested record Von den Elben.

Her era led trough those turbulent times that spawned the follow-on records Luna and Midgard. Albums that – together with the aforementioned Von den Elben – enjoyed (and still enjoy) an undeniable and pretty fulminant success. And this at a time where Faun faced significant attacks from an increasingly virulent fan base.

The band found a replacement vocalist in Laura Fella[...] Click to raid more!