Rotting Christ – Aealo (2010) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Rotting Christ - Aealo - Album CoverTwo things hit home right away once you commence on Aealo. First, the record is intense like dark, hotly spiced chocolate consumed with ruby red wine and – second – it is not Black Metal. At least not in a proper sense. Okay, nothing new there, as even the powers that be officially called Rotting Christ Dark or Extreme Metal back in 2010.

And in truth, the Black Metal thing only (kind of) came back with the 2016 album Rituals. Despite the fact that the band hastened to state that this newest record would encompass all kinds of rituals. Weird ones and weirder ones still.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Rotting Christ – Khronos (2000) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Rotting Christ - Khronos - Album CoverWe write the year 2000. This was the time when the world awoke to the Y2K disaster that did not happen, even if it was widely hyped. Christ did not return to this mortal coil neither, nor the devil for that matter. No earthquakes to speak of, the Earth did not break up and no major asteroids hit the blue planet. A non-event after all these predictions, Nostradamus be damned.

But the Black Metal universe in contrast spawned a felt gazillion of metal records. To cite just two of them: Immortal crab-walked themselves into Damned in Black and Gorgoroth hailed the beginnings of their master with Incipit Satan.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Valfreya – Promised Land (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Valfreya - Promised Land - Album CoverI am unsure where this somewhat morbid fascination with the past history of marauding Norsemen going Viking comes from. After all they invaded the homesteads of foreign populations, looted, killed and enslaved until there was no one left. And then settled the lands for whatever it was worth.

But here we are and Viking Metal bands are legion these days, thriving in an ever increasing genre. And let’s face it: Metal with all its dark facettes is just perfect to describe yonder sea adventures and battles alike. RockmusicRaider already covered a score of Viking Metal bands, if you can call them that. Amongst which you will find the famous ones like Amon Amarth or the Canadians from SIG:AR:TYR.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: The Revenge of the Goat, by Hellfire!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Hellfire - Goat Revenge - Album CoverUnholy Metal Crunch! What is this loudness torturing my eardrums? Something crude. In Nomine Dei Nostri Satanas Luciferi Excelsi? Well, almost, but blasphemously close enough. A juicy mix of a thrashy Heavy Metal beat, Death Metal and deep, dark Black Metal. And the EP Goat Revenge from the Ukrainian horde Hellfire really puts the pedal to the metal on this one in a way seldom heard these days.

Unleashing full-blooded, highly potent riffs together with throaty Death Metal growls and Black Metal rasps, their tune will awake your head-banging urges, make no mistake. At times Goat Revenge sounds like a meatier, more energized sibling of the late NordWitch record.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: A Lie Nation will Begin Hate!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - A Lie Nation - Begin Hate - Album CoverIf you fancy Extreme Metal, here is a piece for you. But no worries, this is not your usual metal outfit that, having lost their compass to confusion, call themselves Extreme Metal to be safe. And somewhat unsurprisingly, the record reaches us from the cold Scandinavian North, the cradle of much excellent metal.

The Finnish band A Lie Nation (read alienation – cute that…) is poised to unchain their newest EP Begin Hate, supported by Inverse Records. The record vacillates between Thrash Metal, Death Metal and a somewhat austere, but full-bodied brand of Black Metal. To be fair, the latter style predominates their tune to a large extent, expertly supported by typical Black Metal rasps.Got hooked? Raid this some more...