Cradle of Filth – Existence is Futile (2021) – Review

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‘Thou shalt not hunt the dreaded mainstream‘. That’s one of our iron rules here over at the RMR office buildings. Well, to be truthful, you will find it mostly poured in lead than forged into cold, hard steel. Because sometimes, just sometimes, management here will make exceptions.

Because there are some Extreme Metal bands out there that we have taken a truly unholy liking to. And one of those is Cradle of Filth.

I am frankly unsure what drives us back to Dani Filth‘s often annoying screams that after a while sound like a caffeine … [...] Click to raid more!

Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy – The Lord Ov Shadows (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy - The Lord Ov Shadows - Album Cover Why is it that these Extreme Metal outfits always have that need to wear out their drummer? Overly elaborate drum patterns will just work them into a heart attack.

Just watch some of the videos that start with the stick wielder and their pained expression. So far I have seen none really with a heavenly smile on their faces. And to add insult to injury, I openly heard some bands joking about that, by the way.

You’ll mostly find that situation in these epically charged and overly bombastic works of operatic Symphonic Metal. And with those bands living in pseudo [...] Click to raid more!

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

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Already 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?

But the outcome of these darkly ominous paintings fit the theme perfectly.

But now – sadly or then perhaps not – CoF 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 decent speed. With a smattering … [...] Click to raid more!

RockmusicRaider’s Intermittent Best of… – Tome II

Caladan Brood - RockmusicRaider Music Reviews It for sure feels like a gazillion of months since I first wrote the Tome I Best of earlier in 2015. But we are only a few months down the road and already a new one is due.

Eventful was the time: From flamers attacking us with comments displaying a level of stupidity I never thought possible, to full-blown hacker attacks on the site, one total breakdown of the site with subsequent reloading and salvaging the server contents. This last one was quite heavy, barely avoiding losing months of writing.

Wondrous things were happening, too!

For example Anneke van [...] Click to raid more!