Video: Gotland and the Call from the Grave!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Gotland - Bathory Cover Call From the Grave - ArtworkYou surely remember one Tomas Börje Forsberg. This is at least how he called himself back in time. Forsberg was more famously known by the moniker Quorthon, and as the founder of the Black Metal turned Viking Metal band Bathory. This band released some truly mysterious and electrifying stuff back in their time. Until their leader’s demise in 2004 at the age of 39 years put a brutal stop to things.

I am not a big fan of covers, and usually they won’t get published on the RMR webzine. Yet the Italian Black Metallers Gotland just released a a pretty juicy version of one of the most iconic of Bathory‘s tracks Call from the Grave scavenged from the album Under the Sign of the Black Mark.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: The Maere riding Eschatos!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Eschatos - Maere - Album CoverA few weeks ago RockmusicRaider covered Parodos, a New Age Black Metal outfit from Italy. Their unusual offering to the Dark Lord was already way off the beaten path as Black Metal goes. This is pretty good, they said. And it might not get much better, they said. Yet, they were wrong, so wrong.

Because for today’s dose of daily metal, I will propose a juicy mix between the earlier concoctions of Myrkur and a mad-scientist version of the German Todtgelichter. The Latvian outfit Eschatos and their newest EP Maere will fit that description. And indeed they boast a style much more experimental than their Italian brethren ever demonstrated so far. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Dodecahedron – Kwintessens (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Dodecahedron - Kwintessens - Album CoverSomething creates dark, foreboding atmospheres. Cold empty spaces filled with noisy dissonance to chill your soul with frozen hydrogen. And no doubt you need this type of a wall of sound if a record takes off with something called The Culling of the Unwanted of the Earth. Equally if the main actor goes by the name of ‘The Entity’. By Loki!

Dark and grey, a landscape of bleak winds howling through the low-lying mists. The mists that just about hide the sharp-toothed monsters within. Well, hells bells, quite a piece of work, now ain’t it? In truth Kwintessens of Dodecahedron got dissed swiftly and banned to a far corner of the RMR offices for a few months.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Rotting Christ – Aealo (2010) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Rotting Christ - Aealo - Album CoverTwo things hit home right away once you commence on Aealo. First, the record is intense like dark, hotly spiced chocolate consumed with ruby red wine and – second – it is not Black Metal. At least not in a proper sense. Okay, nothing new there, as even the powers that be officially called Rotting Christ Dark or Extreme Metal back in 2010.

And in truth, the Black Metal thing only (kind of) came back with the 2016 album Rituals. Despite the fact that the band hastened to state that this newest record would encompass all kinds of rituals. Weird ones and weirder ones still.Got hooked? Raid this some more...