Dimmu Borgir – Eonian (2018) – Review

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There 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 the 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!

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

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Unholy 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.

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RMR’s 2017 Top 10 Records

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I have the feeling that the 2016 Top 10 just about released. 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 avant-garde pieces 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Intermittent Digest – Tome VI

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Well, before the back office overflows with material, we better launch a new edition of the RockmusicRaider world-famous (ahem…) Intermittent Digest series. This will let off some steam and things will improve – hopefully. 

The Tome V Edition was already substantial, but 2017 has been on the fast-track ever since with an enormous amount of material released to date. This includes many big bands that churned out their newest records right around fall of this year with a lot more still to come. On top of that the end of the year looms already with the inevitable top ten coming [...] Click to raid more!