Nevermore – This Godless Endeavor (2005) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor - Album CoverHere’s to an album that was described to me as the epitome of metal wizardry. The cream of the cream of all things you can expect from anything metal. The steel-clad mountain any metalhead must vanquish before they can claim to be adepts of trve metal. Well, there you go. That’s a standard to die for. Or is it, now?

And let me tell you some truth to go with that. I am not a die-hard fan of thrash metal. Much of it goes along with mindless screaming and jerking about the stage. Never mind the lyrics or any story that would fuel the tune. Or something deep that drives your shit; anything actually. Only fast, furious and loud – the nirvana of the gods of thrash. Right, Hetfield? [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: Blood of the Dragon – by and for Therion!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Therion - Blood of the Dragon - Album CoverBlood of the Dragon, Therion‘s limited edition collection of covers that just released this March 2018 is an eclectic piece of work not seen to date in the illustrious career of the metallers from Sweden. In cooperation with Stygian Crypt Productions and Possession Productions, the band compiled a savvy selection of covers on two CDs. One in tribute to Therion by a number of bands and the second disk with covers recorded by Therion along all these years the band has been active. 

As the Therion covers go, I took an insane liking to the super-dense, full-throated and meaty interpretation of Asgard (Secret of the Runes – 2001) of Antyra, the German metal storytellers from Leipzig. The track puts the multifaceted talents of this particular band on full display. Then again, An Arrow from the Sun by Ghost Warfare got on my hit list pretty quickly too. That said, none of the Therion covers are bad, mind you. But it would go too far to list them all here. 

Therion themselves are of course well known for their covers of other bands that they quite frequently play. And this makes this assemblage of tracks a difficult one to establish, there is a lot of outstanding material. As the track list goes, Iron Maiden‘s Revelations or again Iron Fist of Motörhead really got on my shortlist. As to Iron Maiden, I wonder why Children of the Damned (A’arab Zaraq – Lucid Dreaming – 1997) did not make it. But hey, who am I?  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Moonspell – 1755 (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Moonspell - Album CoverDo you know what I really had to get used to? A Moonspell disk all in Portuguese – with some Latin thrown in for good measure. But then, it fits the theme, doesn’t it? The record tells a story of the massive 1755 earthquake that ravaged Lisbon that same year. And – believe it or not – this still resonates with parts of the Portuguese population to this day. As to the RockmusicRaider sprawling officescape, we do like a theme-based album any time of the day. Because – usually – those get us the juiciest metal dishes to taste from. 

You need to give the band credit too: Each new Moonspell album comes with a different flavor to feed on their Dark and Gothic Metal urges. Just take the ghoulish, quiet menace in the excellent Night Eternal. Or the more lukewarm and less stellar approach to Darwinian machinations in Extinct. If anything, 1755 resembles the work done in earlier eons by the metal masters from Portugal. Yet the album does feel a trifle more experimental perhaps, with less of the vile mainstream to please the crowd. If mainstream is a word we can (or should) actually use with Fernando Ribeiro‘s crew. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!