Godhead Machinery – Ouroboros (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Godhead Machinery - Ouroboros - Album CoverIs this a case of Yet Another Extreme Metal Band? An ubiquitous metal offering of the garden-variety in approach and execution? This often comes to mind when a new jewel case of an Extreme Metal band is cracked open and the metal starts to spill out. Seen it, heard it, got the black t-shirt with the unintelligible darkly magic scripture emblazoned on the front. A record with much of the same brand of metal all over again. With almost no difference from the usual and commonplace delivery of their brethren.

Along with genres like Symphonic Metal, Extreme Metal has become somewhat of a household brand. And many fans blatantly expect to get the same or – at least – similar slices of their metal. All cut of the same cloth, delivered in an annoyingly uniform cookie-cutter fashion. And boy do some fans sport acid reactions, if bands trespass and step out of the vile, yet comfortable mainstream. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: A Morte Ad Mortem by Gort!

Rockmusicraider Newsflash - Gort - A Morte Ad Mortem - Album CoverLooks like Italy is going to be on the forefront these days of early fall 2017 when it comes to Black Metal. RMR just covered the New Age Black Metal outfit Parodos. A band that does not fit the Norwegian definition of this genre at all. Yet still gets you an interesting mix of styles that includes at least some spiked fisting. And they managed to keep enough of our deck crew’s interest to get them a review.

But sometimes you still need the real thing. The Black Metal played in the dungeon with THE GOAT watching you from the wall. Way down there, where the mainstream never looks and others don’t venture. To understand where this is going, take Darkend. You know, the ritual specialists. And then head down them dark stairs for another two stories. Down into the abyss where the heat grows stronger.

And this is where you will meet Gort and their newest EP A Morte Ad Mortem. The record serves a mighty slice of traditional Black Metal. Yet, spiced up with some really impressive riffs and a kind of subdued melodic twist. And we got progression. As you move down the very short track list, things improve in quality. With The Last Flight of the Crow getting the prize.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Zeit – Konvergenz (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Zeit - Konvergenz - Album CoverThe old provinces of Eastern Germany seem to be a hotbed for interesting bands of all kinds. Indeed of all things cultural – and beyond. And this goes for theatrical endeavours as well as music of all flavors.  The RockmusicRaider crew had the pleasure to cover special underground bands like Antyra from Leipzig already. You know, these guys with their rough and eerily weird, yet fascinating story-telling techniques. With an extremely epic, but very down-to-earth metal taste. I love them, but they are so out of the mainstream that not many of the RMR fans will follow. It is a special kind of geekery, I admit.

And – indeed – underground breeds more underground.

The German Black Metallers Zeit (time) not only hail from the same location. But they sport an inherent rebel streak and we like that at RMR. In other words, the radar blip on our search-and-review screen just got bigger once we learned about that little detail.

Zeit became conscious of this mortal coil in the unholy year of the lord 2010. Konvergenz is their first full length album after one demo and a smattering of EPs. And I daresay their style and delivery matured compared to former concoctions. Yet they still insist on delivering their very own style and not be confined by others into boxes. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!