Video: SAATE unleash The Conjuring!

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RockmusicRaider Video - SAATE - The Conjuring - Video CoverThe RockmusicRaider officescape is usually not too keen on publishing videos. More often than not you get them YouTube clips working exaggerated theatrics on a bed of low-fi MP3. And in tandem frequently hacked to death like a killing by Freddy on a full moon night through atrocious camera work.

But hey, sometimes the mix just works. So happened with SAATE, a Swedish Metal band. Their newly released offering The Conjuring mixes sturdy metal musicianship with a tasty storyline. Nothing overdone or overwrought, though, the recipe to success is right on. I like the slight menace emanating from the clip, and rightly so. After all, they conjure up the demon and it is here to stay.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Moonspell – 1755 (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Moonspell - Album CoverDo you know what I really had to get used to? A Moonspell disk all in Portuguese – with some Latin thrown in for good measure. But then, it fits the theme, doesn’t it? The record tells a story of the massive 1755 earthquake that ravaged Lisbon that same year. And – believe it or not – this still resonates with parts of the Portuguese population to this day. As to the RockmusicRaider sprawling officescape, we do like a theme-based album any time of the day. Because – usually – those get us the juiciest metal dishes to taste from. 

You need to give the band credit too: Each new Moonspell album comes with a different flavor to feed on their Dark and Gothic Metal urges. Just take the ghoulish, quiet menace in the excellent Night Eternal. Or the more lukewarm and less stellar approach to Darwinian machinations in Extinct. If anything, 1755 resembles the work done in earlier eons by the metal masters from Portugal. Yet the album does feel a trifle more experimental perhaps, with less of the vile mainstream to please the crowd. If mainstream is a word we can (or should) actually use with Fernando Ribeiro‘s crew. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Rotting Christ – Aealo (2010) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Rotting Christ - Aealo - Album CoverTwo things hit home right away once you commence on Aealo. First, the record is intense like dark, hotly spiced chocolate consumed with ruby red wine and – second – it is not Black Metal. At least not in a proper sense. Okay, nothing new there, as even the powers that be officially called Rotting Christ Dark or Extreme Metal back in 2010.

And in truth, the Black Metal thing only (kind of) came back with the 2016 album Rituals. Despite the fact that the band hastened to state that this newest record would encompass all kinds of rituals. Weird ones and weirder ones still. That is not to say that Aealo does not include Black Metal elements, it does – extensively so. But you will find many more elements of other styles exist on this record. In addition, the band added some archaic instruments and a bunch of guest musicians to spice things up some.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!