Forteresse – Thèmes pour la Rébellion (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Forteresse - Thèmes pour la Rébellion - Album CoverI am usually not all too impressed by the scratchy, noisy, lo-fi Black Metal concoctions most of the underground bands liked to throw at us back in time. Their light has gradually been waning over time, but you still got a considerable community still today: The hidden-in-the-woods outfits, only allowing a handful of copies to reach the world of us unworthy earthlings.

And some of them delivering on ancient cassette tape sound support only still today. Forsooth! Kind of eclectic, these days, when you gotta hunt around the attic to find a player. If you own one still at all, that is. Most of these outfits still live by their old code and modus operandi, actually performing a ritual – black mass – more than offering music to the informed #metal public.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Darkend – The Canticle of Shadows (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Darkend - The Canticle of Shadows - Album CoverAh, the devil communicates in Italian. How very fitting: Black Metal moving closer to Rome, spiked fists and all. But then Darkend are speaking in tongues on The Canticle of Shadows – many tongues. Mixing English with Italian, French, Latin into the fray. A real tower of Babylon, but what else would you expect from the devil? Right? 

Dissonance at every corner, monologues and a weird Lovecraft-esque type of nightmare Black Metal of the melodic kind. Some of that stuff is very reminiscent of the liturgical Batushka, keeping you unhinged like Myrkur at every turn of this stony path with a mighty splash of Cradle of Filth, Rotten Christ and Dimmu BorgirGot hooked? Raid this some more...

Intermittent Digest – Tome III

Howdy, fans and friends! Months have passed again way too fast since the last point of the situation (as we say in French) and already it is time to halt the horses again and take stock. The first full year @ RockmusicRaider – 2015 – has passed and we start to approach mid-year 2016. By Loki, things are moving fast and I am not getting younger. So, what happened since Tome II. I can say one thing: Dark, dark is the going, when the going gets tough.

Felt waves of Black or blackened Metal are coming our way. I am amazed – seems to be a sign of the times.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Rorcal – κρέων (Creon) (2016) – Review

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Rorcal Creon Album coverI just covered Éohum in a newsflash, writing that these guys really take you far down to the abyss where Black Metal dwells. Now, it can be worse, much worse. Let me warn ye: If you look for warm and cozy melodies to carry you along, whilst you enjoy your crackling fire, then DO NOT open that door (open this door instead). If you are just a fan of lighter versions of all things Black and Doom Metal, DO NOT open that door. If you are ready to face the dark, howling abyss of one of the better Black Metal concoctions I had the pleasure to hear until now, then come in.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

2015 Top 10 Records

RockmusicRaider Review - Amalie Bruun - GuitarThe first full year for RockmusicRaider went by and a great many records were reviewed. A wild ride it was and still is, with challenges galore, some overcome and some still lurking nearby. This list covers records that got released in 2015. And who would have thought that the black section of #metal would be getting such attention during this year. Certainly not me. I am looking forward to a even more eventful 2016 and the pipeline does look pretty much filled already – but this is only the beginning.

So, let’s step right in:

RockmusicRaider Review - Finsterforst - Mach dich Frei - Album Cover#10 – Finsterforst – Mach Dich Frei

Talk about crunch, this is very powerful stuff.Got hooked? Raid this some more...