Ildra – Eðelland (2011 / 2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ildra - Eðelland - Album CoverSome bands bury themselves so far underground, it is amazing that we can actually find them. You need to be a tunnel rat for Norad to unearth them, though. And still, you will be able to find them only with some sort of nuclear powered detection device. Or else they will just dig down further, like some giant metal mole in a cosmic rage.

A myriad of Black Metal outfits have already tried this hide-and-seek approach, wearing masks and threatening everybody and sundry with the Dark Lord, should they try to uncover their identity. But seldom have we come across a band like Ildra and their first-born Eðelland. This particular band is so invisible that they probably don’t even show in mirrors. Mystery history painted in dreary colors of the cold wastes of Kadath or something. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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 waned over time, but you still find 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. Bands like Darkend actually perform a ritual – black mass – more than offering music to the informed metal public.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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, Rotting Christ and Dimmu Borgir [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!