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 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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Darkend – The Canticle of Shadows (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Darkend - The Canticle of Shadows - Album CoverAh, the devil communicates in Italian. How very fitting: Black Metal moving closer to Rome, spiked fists and all. But then Darkend are speaking in tongues on The Canticle of Shadows – many tongues. Mixing English with Italian, French, Latin into the fray. A real tower of Babylon, but what else would you expect from the devil? Right? 

Dissonance at every corner, monologues and a weird Lovecraft-esque type of nightmare Black Metal of the melodic kind. Some of that stuff is very reminiscent of the liturgical Batushka, keeping you unhinged like Myrkur at every turn of this stony path with a mighty splash of Cradle of Filth, Rotten Christ and Dimmu BorgirGot hooked? Raid this some more...

Necronomicon – Advent of the Human God (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Necronomicon - Advent of the Human God - Album CoverDon’t I just love everything involving Lovecraft. A brilliant horror fiction writer in his own way back at the beginning of the last century, releasing materials that still find a large fan base to this day. Unfortunately, #metal was not born yet at this time and we had to wait some time until some bands took notice and started to write music on this subject. So, already the band name – Necronomicon – gets these guys a few brownie points to go. Also, the title of their new and fifth full length album called Advent of the Human God may be somewhat and juicily blasphemous for Cthulhu and his brethren; coming from the adepts of Great Old Ones to boot. Got hooked? Raid this some more...