Totenheer – Die Schwarze Spinne (2020) – Review

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Will 2020 be the year of the storytellers?

We just covered Porta Nigra and their godly blackened airs early this year. Now, this time we came across Totenheer, literary specialists from Switzerland, it appears. But the theme they chose is one of those tales that I learned to appreciate over time.

Jeremias Gotthelf’s Die Schwarze Spinne (the black spider) practically lends itself for an Extreme Metal epic. Because it is a dark and evil story, seemingly written by the devil himself. One that ominously tells of a deal with Lucifer gone wrong. Complete with … [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Allone go it Alone!

RockmusicRaider - Allone - Alone.... - Album Cover People like to give advice about blogging. And one of them said to never, ever cover these underground bands. The ones with scathingly bad marketing skills, who never really released any ‘trve’ record. Those that think a Bandcamp account or some Facebook page are worthy substitute websites that will take them to the next level. Somewhere, near to stardom nirvana.

The bands that are either ideologically charged, or want to live the dream of the famed underground band, condemned to obscurity. Those that only play at illegal events, held in dark cellars and haunted by folk not usually seen on [...] Click to raid more!

Hanzel Und Gretyl – Satanik Germanik (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Hanzel und Gretyl - Satanik Germanik - Album Cover “Hänsel und Gretel verliefen sich im Wald. Es war so dunkel und auch so bitterkalt.”

Sounds familiar? Kind of does, doesn’t it?

Echoes from your childhood days that somehow followed you around through the years. Stories told by the fire that were supposed to teach, but always left a sense of slight unease. If not a feeling of outright queasiness.

It is always ironic, when parents try to keep their kids away from violent movies, but then turn to fairy tales that talk about drowning your enemies, poisoning your foes or again fattening up children. Not to do well – [...] Click to raid more!

Nevermore – This Godless Endeavor (2005) – Review

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Here’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 [...] Click to raid more!