Dimmu Borgir – Eonian (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dimmu Borgir - Eonian - Album CoverThere was a time when the purists and die-hard adepts would have burned them disks on heaps of flaming plastic. Like those churches they liked to torch in Norway. We talk about those records that emanated from bands that stepped away from pure path of flaming, spiked and red-hot Black Metal. Those that reduced themselves to screamy bombast and loads of make-up. Cradle of Filth comes to mind for instance. Even if Dani Filth and his merry warriors are adamant that they are no Black Metal band no more. But still, this is pure blasphemy to the goat!

Or theatrical maniacs like Carach Angren emerged from the depths of the pit. Those shamelessly abuse the unholy goodness of the Dark Lord to produce elaborate productions of swarthy cheese. Bound in wrappers reeking of Black Metal flavors, but not quite containing them.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Carach Angren – Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten (2017) – Review

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Carach Angren Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten Album CoverSometimes theatrics are just part of the show, there’s nothing else to it. Or they can be part of a band’s DNA, out of which their style and lifeblood emerges. Just look at bands like Cradle of Filth, whose works would be rated much differently, were you to judge them by the music only. Yet – as it turns out – their on-stage and on-clip performance plays an almost equally important role in their fans’ perception. And by that same token for the reviewers and critics as well.

This is something we will see more of, as the music industry evolves further, by the way. I detect this tendency towards more and better integrated multi-media productions. And here we have metal bands already playing that game, at a somewhat nerdy level of mastery. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Xaon – The Drift (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Xaon - The Drift - Album CoverThe RockmusicRaider officescape likes drama. Especially a loud drama with a lot of boom and bang. And we have remarkable drama queens around the Gothic and Symphonic Metal universe, blackened and death-oriented ones included. Just think about Dimmu Borgir or Fleshgod Apocalypse to name just two of them.

Now, here we can add another one: The Swiss outfit Xaon rumbles onto the scene like Mad Max on a bad day. They already gave us a first broadside of what they can do in 2016 with their EP Face of Balaam. And they are back with a hammer blow of a record disguised beneath a simple and almost nihilistic art cover in blue and gray shades. How misleading things can be. Because their newest full length album The Drift is anything but simple, weak or – Loki forgive – nihilistic.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!