Intermittent Digest – Tome VI

RockmusicRaider - Intermittent Digest - Tome VIWell, 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 up fast, following the 2016 edition. So let’s get going with Tome VI without further ado.

One of the first surprises after the last edition was Morass of Molasses and their RockmusicRaider Review - Morass of Molasses - These Paths We Tread - Album Coveralbum These Paths We Tread. A somewhat bizarre, but historically solid band name hides a pretty savvy slice of Stoner Rock and Metal. Right out of the South of the good ‘ol US of A. Zep-infused fuzziness dripping down on us in a slow march of hardly viscous groove. You really need to take that one slow and savor every sugary drop of juice that emanates from this disk. The record sludges its way down this weavy path to a pretty cool mix of modern-day rock’n’roll and age-old stoner offerings that we all loved back in time. You should try some too.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Cradle of Filth – Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Cradle Of Filth - Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay - Album CoverAlready the corpse paint must have cost a fortune. Or was it only cheap Photoshop? Just look at the official pictures of the Cradle of Filth crew for their newest record Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay. Impressive, ain’t it? They really knocked themselves out. And the outcome of these darkly ominous paintings fit the theme perfectly.

But now – sadly or then perhaps not – the band left the dark path of Black Metal and went full tilt Gothic Metal. Yet the band still maintains a healthy dose of galloping Heavy Metal style riffs, mixed with some Speed Metal. With a smattering of pretty sturdy Black Metal-esque antics still present nonetheless. This change of direction already raised its ugly head in Hammer of the Witches by the way. So, for those who would like to step away now from such blasphemy and enjoy the true black art, try some Gort, Narbeleth or Isolert. Or turn to Gorgoroth and their brethren. 

Yet the product fits. It is comfort in known values of sorts, ain’t it? Cradle of Filth dutifully unleashes records, one after the other. So you kind of know what to expect. However, by doing this the band increases in maturity. And this shows in a pretty impressive self-confidence this band projects.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!