Carach Angren – Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten (2017) – Review

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Carach Angren Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten Album CoverSometimes theatrics are just part of the show, there’s nothing else to it. Or they can be part of a band’s DNA, out of which their style and lifeblood emerges. Just look at bands like Cradle of Filth, whose works would be rated much differently, were you to judge them by the music only. Yet – as it turns out – their on-stage and on-clip performance plays an almost equally important role in their fans’ perception. And by that same token for the reviewers and critics as well.

This is something we will see more of, as the music industry evolves further, by the way. I detect this tendency towards more and better integrated multi-media productions. And here we have metal bands already playing that game, at a somewhat nerdy level of mastery. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Dodecahedron – Kwintessens (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Dodecahedron - Kwintessens - Album CoverSomething creates dark, foreboding atmospheres. Cold empty spaces filled with noisy dissonance to chill your soul with frozen hydrogen. And no doubt you need this type of a wall of sound if a record takes off with something called The Culling of the Unwanted of the Earth. Equally if the main actor goes by the name of ‘The Entity’. By Loki!

Dark and grey, a landscape of bleak winds howling through the low-lying mists. The mists that just about hide the sharp-toothed monsters within. Well, hells bells, quite a piece of work, now ain’t it? In truth Kwintessens of Dodecahedron got dissed swiftly and banned to a far corner of the RMR offices for a few months. The crime? Exaggerated dissonance at an unknown scale. Only to come back to haunt us these dark days of the unholy year of 2017. Because it finally dawned on the RMR crew that this record is indeed worth the waste of a few drops of (very) black ink. And fuck you, band, now you made RMR listen to sick shit like Deathspell Omega and Akhlys all over again. Only yours is so much better. Well, go figure – I thought the latter were good already. 

Kwintessens – the band’s sophomore album – will try to drive you insane straight from note numba one. The record displays this type of geekery that usually will get the band and their unholy production thrown out of the room and swiftly deleted from any and all sound devices. But then again, this is a visceral record. The THING that talks to the darkest abode of your dying soul. And it is this dark thing in all of its terror-laden splendor that lets you plod on with the record. The story those lyrics tell fits with the music perfectly too – and it is equally dark and foreboding.  [...]  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...!