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...

Rotting Christ – Rituals (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Rotting Christ - Rituals - Album CoverThe Greek act Rotting Christ is one of the outfits most rooted into the Black and Extreme Metal genres. Their ascent to unholy glory really took off with the renowned Triarchy of the Lost Lovers back in 1996. Now, before you start throwing eggs at me: There will undoubtedly always be those who will argue that Non-Serviam came first. But I was never overly impressed by this specific record. And yes, there are other players in the black magick universe from that epoch, too. Especially the more gritty ones from the North that took a liking to burning churches and such.

Rotting Christ consistently evolved their scratchy, yet powerful down-in-the-gutter Black Metal style of the ’90s.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Deadspace bring us Gravity!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Deadspace - Gravity - Album CoverWhoever said all Australians are laid back and cool? Beer in hand and BBQ fired up chasing crocodiles? Because this here band is anything but that. Or so it seems when their monstrous sound hits your eardrums.

Hailing from Perth way out West in Australia, the Extreme Metal band Deadspace presents us with a seething hot chunk of metal. Their 2016 EP Gravity sloshes around a life-cycle or – should I say – a perpetual cycle theme of birth, life, death and re-birth. 

The record sounds like the magician’s apprentice musical experiment taken over by the forces of chaos. Extreme dissonance interchanges with crazily tilted atmospheric and ambient interludes.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Zornheym portray The Opposed!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Zornheym - The OpposedIt is not easy to secure the publication of a video around the RockmusicRaider office. But there are exceptions to the rule, as always. And one of those exceptions is the (kind of) new Swedish Symphonic Extreme Metal band Zornheym – signed to Non Serviam Records.

They created a somewhat gory and haunting video expression called The Opposed, telling a story of a possessed and violent inmate of a mental institution. This nicely follows their overall concept or storyline centering around the horrors of just such an establishment and its sorry occupants. 

Apart from a stellar mix of symphonic meets meaty metal, the video itself is of outstanding quality.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Riti Occulti – Tetragrammaton (2016) – Review

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TRockmusicRaider Review - Riti Occculti - Tetragrammaton - Album Coverhe Occvltists are loose again. Earlier in 2016, RockmusicRaider already covered ritual #metal – Black Metal style to be precise – with Darkend. But this one here is different, much different.

The Italian band Riti Occulti saddles you with a pretty sticky, ceremonial brand of Blackened Doom Metal in Tetragrammaton. The album is signed to Nordavind Records and Triton’s Orbit

As the title suggests, Riti Occulti dive deep into Kabbalistic lore. The record does follow a pretty sturdy theme and logical flow, backed by corny lyrics that are pure cult. But I leave it to the specialists of the occult to figure out where this is all heading.  Got hooked? Raid this some more...