Corpus Diavolis – Atra Lumen (2017) – Review

Last updated on 28 June 2021

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Sometimes the vast RMR music database coughs up some gem that we didn’t quite cover when the time was right. You see, we get boatloads of material every day. So, the RMR deck crew may easily just sail past a stellar piece, and only rediscover it much later. And that is why we sometimes reach back in time and cover records that were released a considerable time ago.

So, this week we get it from both sides. First, we just enjoyed the musings of some Heavy Metal raiders who surf the shiny surface … [...] Click to raid more!

Darkend – Spiritual Resonance (2019) – Review

Last updated on 21 April 2021

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I knew it. We will need to return to last year’s offerings. Because, lo and behold, Darkend‘s latest record Spiritual Resonance hereafter, somewhere fell by the wayside. And disappeared into the blackened yonder of RMR’s vast archives.

Their last record The Canticle of Shadows already garnered a pretty sturdy following on RMR, and – finally – appeared on three of our listings. First, the 2016 Top 10, the 10 Most Popular Posts and – lastly – on the Intermittent Digest IV. A feat not many bands mastered … [...] Click to raid more!

Riti Occulti – Tetragrammaton (2016) – Review

Last updated on 21 April 2021

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The Occvltists are on the loose again. Earlier in 2016, RockmusicRaider already covered ritual metal, Black Metal style to be precise – with Darkend. But Riti Occulti dance to a different tune. Exceedingly different.

The Italian band saddles you with a pretty sticky ceremonial brand of Blackened Doom Metal in Tetragrammaton. Stuff that sounds genuine and aughentic. But hey, if you don’t believe me, check out the video below.

As the title suggests, Riti Occulti dive deep into Kabbalistic lore. The record does follow a pretty sturdy theme and logical … [...] Click to raid more!

Darkend – The Canticle of Shadows (2016) – Review

Last updated on 21 April 2021

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Ah, the devil communicates in Italian. How very fitting. Black Metal moving closer to Rome, spiked fists and all. But then Darkend are speaking in tongues on The Canticle of Shadows – many tongues. 

Mixing English with Italian, French, and Latin into the fray. A real tower of Babylon, but what else would you expect from the devil? Right? 

Dissonance at every corner, monologues and a weird Lovecraft-esque type of nightmare Black Metal of the melodic kind. Some of that stuff is very reminiscent of the liturgical Batushka, keeping you unhinged like Myrkur or Saille at every [...] Click to raid more!