Rotting Christ – Khronos (2000) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Rotting Christ - Khronos - Album CoverWe write the year 2000. This was the time when the world awoke to the Y2K disaster that did not happen, even if it was widely hyped. Christ did not return to this mortal coil neither, nor the devil for that matter. No earthquakes to speak of, the Earth did not break up and no major asteroids hit the blue planet. A non-event after all these predictions, Nostradamus be damned.

But the Black Metal universe in contrast spawned a felt gazillion of metal records. To cite just two of them: Immortal crab-walked themselves into Damned in Black and Gorgoroth hailed the beginnings of their master with Incipit Satan.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Saille – Gnosis (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Saille - Gnosis - Album CoverSometimes you just crave it. This blazing hot crunch, seemingly coming from the fiery depths of hell and trying to destroy your eardrums. The whiff of a ritual, all ready to be performed. All this sweet dissonance in the name of the Dark Lord just ignites this urge in me to slap some corpse paint on my face, put on my leaded boots and don the spikes.

And Gnosis, the latest and fourth release of the Belgian band Saille, does exactly that. You really feel like moving down the hallway, beyond yonder red door and down the dreaded stairs into the reeking darkness.

Many Black Metal gigs drone you to death with this abyssal sound, subdued drums and crabby rasps that really don’t raise any emotions.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Wormlight re-issue Bloodfields!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Wormlight - Bloodfields - Album CoverDo you feel anger today? And I don’t mean frustration. I mean white-hot, seething anger? Well, I do. Then what better thing than to find a lava-drenched chunk of Melodic Black Metal to soothe it. Fight fire with fire in a sense, the kind of anger management every metal head can buy into wholeheartedly, right? And I found just the right medication in the 2016 re-release of Bloodfields, the 2nd EP of the Swedish Black Metal outfit Wormlight.

And why on earth are we featuring a re-release from last year? Well, first this is great, crunchy Black Metal with just the right hint at melody to keep it interesting.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Rotting Christ – Triarchy of The Lost Lovers (1996) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Rotting Christ - Triarchy of the Lost Lovers - Album CoverThe new year is still fresh, so what better moment than this one to reflect on some old metal for a change. Old? ’90s are old? Well, yeah, if you look at the rapid-fire development all things metal took since then. We sure show a totally different landscape today, if compared to all these years ago. And for sure again if you look at the style changes Rotting Christ took over the years to the present day. Triarchy of the Lost Lovers really took a fresh look at things and delivered powerfully well.

In essence, 1996 was a year of turning points of sorts!

This was the year where the mad cow hit the UK.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Balfor invokes the Black Serpent!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Balfor - Black Serpent Rising - Album CoverIt must be the cold, cold wind from the East screaming about the lonely steppes and mountains. Because from their foggy abodes in Central European countries raise a lot of good Black and Death Metal bands. And specifically pretty much everything blackened grows very well there, as some of the reviews on RockmusicRaider can attest.

The Ukrainian band Balfor just released their newest music video Serpents of The Black Sun, unleashing a taste of their upcoming 3rd full length album Black Serpent Rising, signed to Drakkar Productions.

Now, the band calls their style Barbaric Black Metal and they have a point. Rough and epic, meaty and melodic.Got hooked? Raid this some more...