Silver Dust – House 21 (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Silver Dust - House 21 - Album Cover First you get the purists out there. The ones with a good tune, but absolutely no willingness or know-how to market themselves. This is sometimes borne from the need to bury themselves deep underground, idealistic purposes or straight lackadaisical laziness.

Then you often hear: ‘I entered the mainstream’. Proudly pronounced by folks happy to be with everybody else. The ones that will hit all the levers the music industry has to offer. And go with the motions to be visible and sell their fares. Which is great, but usually boring.

But there’s this tiny slice of bands, not only [...] Click to raid more!

Nevermore – This Godless Endeavor (2005) – Review

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Here’s to an album that was described to me as the epitome of metal wizardry. The cream of the cream of all things you can expect from anything metal. The steel-clad mountain any metalhead must vanquish before they can claim to be adepts of trve metal. Well, there you go. That’s a standard to die for.

Or is it, now?

And let me tell you some truth to go with that. I am not a die-hard fan of thrash metal. Much of it goes along with mindless screaming and jerking about the stage. Never mind the lyrics or [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Malacoda fancy Ritualis Aeterna!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Malacoda - Ritualis Aeterna - Album Cover Malacoda flapped about the RMR offices mutual conscience for a long while already, like one of them big fat vampire bats. The ones from places where the moon reigns supreme with its big, shiny fangs. Their EP Ritualis Aeterna initially released in December 2016 and now got on global distribution by this January 2018.

Named after a character in Dante Alghieri’s Inferno, Malacoda takes the idea of Gothic Metal to a next level. The band paints this vivid, slightly decadent debauchery of soundscapes in bold baroque and Victorian strokes. Some sort of a delicious, epic pandemonium, slightly reminiscent of Kamelot[...] Click to raid more!

Deathless Legacy – Rituals of Black Magic (2018) – Review

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Unholy chanting in the dark, invocations of the daemon, bodily fluids freely streaming down the altar. Oh, lusty Black Mass, where art thou? Well, we got Black Metal outfits like Riti Occulti or – again – Darkend that cover this kind of topic. And it has been covered before and will be the subject of future records, I am sure.

Then, you got those pretenders with the pig heads on stakes, pigs blood, and chicks on crosses. Gorgoroth comes to mind with their 2004 performance in Krakow that almost got them in touch with the Polish [...] Click to raid more!