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...!

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. This is the one track that always gets me that kick when the stylized funeral march takes off. And it is exceedingly well done by Gotland, with some added spice to boot. So, in this case, the exception will confirm the rule.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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. The band’s approach is not only Post or New Age Black Metal. They throw all sorts of flavors into their toxic potion. From Folk Metal to Pagan, Industrial over Death to Atmospheric Metal. This decidedly short blurb sports some disturbingly tight ice-cold metal. Of an exquisite intensity that few know how to create.

But first and foremost, the EP conveys an atmosphere of desolation and despair. Exactly the way a good Maere is supposed to act riding your chest at night. So, if you are into Extreme Metal, I guarantee that this spicy jambalaya of soundbites will make you go for more.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!