Echelon – Secret Power (2022) – Review

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The Trad and Heavy Metal wave is rolling again. The RMR crew discovered a few pretty cool bands – new and old – with the NWoBHM genes in their blood. That said, many of them reach far into the Power Metal realm. And that’s fine, boundaries are fluent and even the maidens sometimes have trouble deciding which side they want to be on.

So, already the album art of Echelon‘s debut record Secret Power positively screams Power Metal. Complete with strange towers, UFOs, and the Lord of the Ages or something at the controls of the world. All of … [...] Click to raid more!

Darzamat – A Philosopher At The End Of The Universe (2020) – Review

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There are records that kinda follow you around. But you’re never quite sure what to make of them. They’re intriguing, but you need that right moment to jolt your lazy reviewer’s ass into writing mode.

On one hand, the undeniable groove always pulls you towards them. On the other hand – however – there are always those inconsistencies that make you sit down all over again.

Darzamat and their new record A Philosopher At The End Of The Universe is such a case. And this time, it is this change in style that kind of took us aback.

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Rotting Christ – Sanctus Diavolos (2004) – Review

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Rotting Christ. Some already hate their admittedly contentious band name. Others continually take issue with their ever-evolving metal style. On top, they’re often labeled Satanists, and shunned by fellow musicians and states alike.

Fancy an example or two?

In 2005 Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine forced Rotting Christ off a gig in Athens, stating personal religious beliefs. Or more recently, in 2018, Sakis and Themis Tolis were arrested in Georgia after stepping off a plane. On grounds of satanism and – hold on to something – terrorism.

Yep, you heard that right. But then, it is also true that Sakis Tolis[...] Click to raid more!

Kaledon – Carnagus: Emperor of the Darkness (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Kaledon - Carnagus: Emperor of the Darkness - Album Cover Sometimes you get this sense of déjà-vu. Like that prickly feeling down your spine, when you sense something unknown. And it started straight from the beginning of Kaledon‘s newest album Carnagus: Emperor of the Darkness. 

‘Tis the flavor of Overtures, a known entity belting away at a Power Metal event. And – lo and behold – it is indeed Michele Guaitoli (Overtures, Temperance), who got hired to advance the glory of Kaledon‘s 9th full length album.

The band started to spin their tale many years ago already, in 1997 to be precise. A medieval-fantastic story, [...] Click to raid more!