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

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RockmusicRaider Review - Deathless Legacy - Rituals of Black Magic - Album CoverUnholy 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 jailhouse rock.

Yet, from time to time we find some others, adding a dramatic Borgia flavor to the these shenanigans straight from the crypt. Machiavellian vibes drifting over into my earphones like so much mist from a moonless winter night. A little spice for fun, because all that smoke, inverted crosses and blood risks to bore you after a while. So here we have Deathless Legacy with their newest finding Rituals of Black Magic. Just one short year after their last album Dance with Devils. I remember looking at the promo of the latter, but their 2017 edition just did not quite cut it.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: Project Renegade unchain Cerebra!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Project Renegade - Cerebra - Album CoverThis strangely subdued combination of Evanescence, Lacuna Coil and a strong dose of Stream of Passion really got my attention at first. Just at the moment when the RMR office police was about to action the terrible delete button. Then some industrial grade ambients and juicy hooks got added to the fray and the RMR robocops took their leaves.

Cerebra is an intriguing tittle of an EP of some three short tracks. The Greek female-fronted foursome Project Renegade run a cunning mix of juicy metal. The record features alternative, ambient, electronic elements intertwined with dark metal riddled riffs and a pretty heavy, but never overwhelming drum work. The dual-voice vocals just add this much desired coat of paint to a style that might otherwise come across as overly rusty. That said, their delivery is still a bit rough around the edges, but I guess this will iron itself out once they evolve further. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Intermittent Digest – Tome IV

RockmusicRaider Reviews - Tome IVHowdy Fans and Friends! Yep! It is (already) time again for an update on what has been cooking at RockmusicRaider since Tome III. And there has been a lot of action, I can tell ya. It looks like Tome IV shows less influence of Black Metal and everything blackened. Even if this particular genre has whelped a few very good specimens worth mentioning. And I expect this to continue for the remainder of the year. But enough of this and let’s get down to what we got.

But first we take to the sea. The wild, cold sea. Rain drenched shores, ready to be invaded. Proud dragon-headed longships crawling with crazed, screaming RockmusicRaider Review - Amon Amarth - Jomsviking - Album Covervikings on the prowl. That is the blood-soaked fare the latest offering Jomsviking from Amon Amarth is saddling us with. The band clearly kept up the standard for themselves for this newest offering. But not only that: A rock solid theme – the saga of the Jomsviking – lent further spice to an already juicy soundscape. So, reviewing this record has been a real pleasure. And the album was good for football too (soccer, for you folks in the US). The RockmusicRaider household blasted Jomsviking during the European Championship in support of the viking team from Iceland. Very fitting – and they got far.

Then we moved and actually stayed in Italy for a while. Nice and sunny there and full of #metal. Fleshgod Apocalypse gave their corpse-like and – for sure – Machiavellian appearance for our pleasure with King.RockmusicRaider Review - Fleshgod Apocalypse - King - Album Cover I almost heard Lucrezia traipsing around in the background, when listening to their tune. And it is a mighty cauldron of stuff being thrown at us. So much so, that it almost veers off into the unmanageable. But they just about strung this together, managing to get a very complex, but also very decent record out to the fan crowd. The album is pretty hefty fare and you will need some time to get used to it. But – hey – this is really good stuff. You should try it one day.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!