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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Ghost of Mary – Oblivaeon (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ghost of Mary - Oblivaeon - Album CoverAh, the Italian #metal scene just never ceases to amaze me. From the mountainous foothills of the upper North to the very bottom of the heel you will find a plethora of #metal bands. Their styles are as diverse as the geographical spread they cover. From deep, dark Black Metal over airy Symphonic to Pagan Metal – you have them all. To top it, many of them are of international renown, I would like to add. Then you got the new and upcoming bands like Ghost of Mary with their début Oblivaeon.

In many ways the style of Ghost of Mary reminds me of Fleshgod Apocalypse. But if anything, they come across as a more melodic sibling with their own set of colors and coat of arms.Got hooked? Raid this some more...