Moonspell – Hermitage (2021) – Review

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Do you know what I like about Moonspell? They always deliver something new on every record. I often think back to the quietly aggressive desperation on Extinct or the delicious menace on Night Eternal.1) 1755 was a bit more touchy, yet the idea to do an album in Portuguese without clear vocals was quite a feat. Because, earthquake centuries ago, you know.

Insinuations and rumors have it that the band may not continue for much longer. And that’s not necessarily something I fancy to hear. Because this band’s dark and melancholy ways have very much become part … [...] Click to raid more!

INK – Loom (2016) – Review

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The RMR deck crew loves the extraordinary. The tunes that sit outside of the vile mainstream. Those bands that push the boundaries towards galaxies unknown. And it doesn’t always need to be the smelly underbelly of the metal multiverse necessarily.

RockmusicRaider often also fancy relatively unknown bands and not only those with a gazillion records under their belts already. That is contrary to many reviewers, whose claim to fame resides solely with known bands. 

The Greek horde INK has been sailing about the outskirts of our musical consciousness for quite a while. Not only have they just released Whispers of [...] Click to raid more!

Video: SAATE unleash The Conjuring!

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The 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 with 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, yet the recipe to success is right on. I also relish the slight menace emanating from [...] Click to raid more!

Moonspell – 1755 (2017) – Review

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Do you know what I really had to get used to? A Moonspell record all in Portuguese – with some Latin thrown in for good measure. But then, it fits the theme, doesn’t it?

The record tells the 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 at any time of the day. Because – usually – those get us the juiciest metal dishes to taste from. … [...] Click to raid more!