Dimmu Borgir – Eonian (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dimmu Borgir - Eonian - Album CoverThere was a time when the purists and die-hard adepts would have burned them disks on heaps of flaming plastic. Like those churches they liked to torch in Norway. We talk about those records that emanated from bands that stepped away from pure path of flaming, spiked and red-hot Black Metal. Those that reduced themselves to screamy bombast and loads of make-up. Cradle of Filth comes to mind for instance. Even if Dani Filth and his merry warriors are adamant that they are no Black Metal band no more. But still, this is pure blasphemy to the goat!

Or theatrical maniacs like Carach Angren emerged from the depths of the pit. Those shamelessly abuse the unholy goodness of the Dark Lord to produce elaborate productions of swarthy cheese. Bound in wrappers reeking of Black Metal flavors, but not quite containing them.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Deathless Legacy – Rituals of Black Magic (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Deathless Legacy - Rituals of Black Magic - Album CoverUnholy chanting in the dark, invocations of the daemon, bodily fluids freely streaming down the altar. Oh, lusty Black Mass, where art thou? Well, we got Black Metal outfits like Riti Occulti or – again – Darkend that cover this kind of topic. And it has been covered before and will be the subject of future records, I am sure. Then, you got those pretenders with the pig heads on stakes, pigs blood and chicks on crosses. Gorgoroth comes to mind with their 2004 performance in Krakow that almost got them in touch with the Polish jailhouse rock.

Yet, from time to time we find some others, adding a dramatic Borgia flavor to the these shenanigans straight from the crypt. Machiavellian vibes drifting over into my earphones like so much mist from a moonless winter night. A little spice for fun, because all that smoke, inverted crosses and blood risks to bore you after a while. So here we have Deathless Legacy with their newest finding Rituals of Black Magic. Just one short year after their last album Dance with Devils. I remember looking at the promo of the latter, but their 2017 edition just did not quite cut it.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

2017 Top 10 Records

I have the feeling that the 2016 Top 10 just about came out. But time does move fast when you are having fun. And we now need to attack the 2017 Top 10 quickly, lest another few months go by. 

Methinks that the records retained in 2017 were not as blackened as in former years. Instead, we found a fair share of interesting progressive and avantgarde records that bubbled to the surface. Many bands also engaged in all flavors of ‘post rock or metal’, and those – I admit – delivered the best quality stuff, in general. In other words, those outfits striding across the mighty genre list without sticking to one were the most successful. And we got them from unexpected places sometimes.

So, let’s see what juicy record really cut deep and made it onto the 2017 Top 10 Records. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!