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...

Newsflash: Hallucinating with Creinium!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Creinium - Hallucinosis - Album CoverThe hell did I just listen to? If you would shoot bands like Moonspell up with a super-vitamin and then add five gallons of power drinks, this would about get you an idea of the relentless energy and multi-flavored style of the Finnish band Creinium. And all of that bundled-up power contained in their newest offering Hallucinosis, signed to Inverse Records

Creinium navigate at the very dark edge of the #metal abyss. And literally throw a very mixed bag of tracks at the audience. Definitely #metal, but presented in a raggle-taggle selection of styles, all torn asunder. You’ll find metal bits and pieces going Progressive, Symphonic, Death and for sure Dark Metal.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Van Halst – World of Make Believe (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Van Halst - World of Make Believe - Album CoverI can tell you what they are not: Van Halst are not some sort of an Evanescence clone, as was suggested by some. Their début World of Make Believe features some pretty strong similarities for sure. But they don’t imitate the typical sound of the latter, nor should they. If there has been a typical style left, that is, after the unhappy departure of the old band around Ben Moody.

Van Halst deploy a much fresher and – I daresay – a more thoughtful brand of their own music. Too tough and more varied than the one of their alleged idols. And this is a good thing.Got hooked? Raid this some more...