Scorpions – Blackout (1982) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Scorpions - Blackout - Album CoverThe avalanche of new music and – for sure – new styles that became available in the ’70s and ’80s to the early ’90s was absolutely tremendous. Metal found itself very strongly on the upswing from the early 80’s onwards. Whereas Hard Rock already started to lose a lot of its shiny luster by this time.

Many of today’s well-known metal genres were in full development mode back then. This led to this crazy and fragmented metal multiverse we (do not quite) enjoy today. The culprits? A number of major rock bands – some still fully in action today. Names like Iron MaidenBlack Sabbath, Judas Priest or again UFO heftily stirred this pot of wonders.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Infinitas – Civitas Interitus (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Infinitas - Civitas Interitus - Album CoverDo you like spelunking? Fancy mystical landscapes gorging with ancient lore and accounts of witches? Then you need to visit Muotathal somewhere in nowhere-land in Switzerland. The region is home of the famous Hölloch, a world-renowned cave system of a couple of hundred klicks in length.

Sometimes the goofy Swiss really knock themselves out. Wikipedia indicates the cave to be 200.4 kilometers in length, which should elevate whoever wrote that sentence to dork nirvana on a world stage of wannabe dorks. So, don’t you ever misstate that (supposed) fact by even one millimeter or the ghost of the last witch – the Kastenvögtin – will surely beat you senseless.

So, why am I not surprised that this location bred Infinitas – a metal band, no less.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Cradle of Filth – Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Cradle Of Filth - Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay - Album CoverAlready the corpse paint must have cost a fortune. Or was it only cheap Photoshop? Just look at the official pictures of the Cradle of Filth crew for their newest record Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay. Impressive, ain’t it? They really knocked themselves out. And the outcome of these darkly ominous paintings fit the theme perfectly.

But now – sadly or then perhaps not – the band left the dark path of Black Metal and went full tilt Gothic Metal. Yet the band still maintains a healthy dose of galloping Heavy Metal style riffs, mixed with some Speed Metal. With a smattering of pretty sturdy Black Metal-esque antics still present nonetheless.Got hooked? Raid this some more...