Eli van Pike – Welcome to my Dark Side (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Eli Van Pike - Welcome To My Dark Side - Album CoverHa! RockmusicRaider is on the experimental war path again. This time with slightly new flavors that were not really present on the blog yet until now. And – in truth – those were undercurrents the local staff office did not fancy to walk into for fear of ending up in an Amaranthe-esque type of swamp. But never fret, oh fearsome one, things look a bit more juicy here than in Pop Metal nirvana.

Welcome to the realm of Oomph! and Rammstein, burning dicks and all. Plus the wide wastes of electronically tainted metal the movement Neue Deutsche Härte (NDH) likes to inhabit. 

Eli Van Pike with their brand of electronically laden Industrial Metal decided to plow those very fields many other big bands already occupied for a while. Yet, their style darkly – and sometimes starkly – stands out from these same established outfits. Even if some of that stuff really is very near to what that same competition served the public before. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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 [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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. Throw in some Industrial Metal and a heavy Gothic tinge and you should about get the drift.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!