Malacoda rerelease Ritualis Aeterna!

Last updated on 3 December 2020

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Malacoda flapped about the RMR office’s 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 Alighieri’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, [...] Click to raid more!

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

Last updated on 3 December 2020

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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 [...] Click to raid more!

Sorcerer – The Crowning of the Fire King (2017) – Review

Last updated on 4 October 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sorcerer - The Crowning of the Fire King - Album Cover I am transfixed by sounds pouring out of my earphones. Staunch, epic metal sounds. The culprit is the Swedish band Sorcerer and their newest album The Crowning of the Fire King. Their second full length studio album. 

You will surely remember their 2015 come-back epic In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross. This one got some serious acclaim for a band that over long stretches of their (almost non-existent) career produced nothing more than a few demos and compilations. But then – bang – came this first full-length record. A totally unexpected [...] Click to raid more!

Incursed – Amalur (2017) – Review

Last updated on 5 February 2021

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The blasted July 2017 EP The Slavic Covenant of Incursed did not impress the RMR deck crew. Too many oldies and not enough goodies, I can tell ya. Bands need to produce new, awesome material that is unique and people will want to hear. Not endlessly regurgitate old stuff or go for weird pop covers.

The mighty Symphonic Metal front chicks from Exit Eden recently tried to pull that pop cover stunt as well. The outcome was – well – bizarre to say the least. With tracks ranging from juvenile [...] Click to raid more!