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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Xael – The Last Arbiter beckons you!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Xael 2017 - SinglesI really got a kick out of these guys. Firing up our mighty music machine with Apathy of the Immortal, I got them folks from the Canadian band Xael lustily chanting away like good ‘ol boys from Main Street Parish Church Sunday School. I kid you not: I had visions of them in pristine, white robes with little, golden song booklets in their hands performing in front of the congregation.

But – luckily – just at the moment I started to seriously frown at the loudspeakers and got ready to switch channels, the metal kicked in with a vengeance. The band sports a refreshing, kind of melodically challenged and epic brand of Extreme Metal. And – lo and behold – in search of this endeavor, Xael went a-hunting on the grounds of our Italian friends of Fleshgod Apocalypse.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Forteresse – Thèmes pour la Rébellion (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Forteresse - Thèmes pour la Rébellion - Album CoverI am usually not all too impressed by the scratchy, noisy, lo-fi Black Metal concoctions most of the underground bands liked to throw at us back in time. Their light has gradually waned over time, but you still find a considerable community still today: The hidden-in-the-woods outfits, only allowing a handful of copies to reach the world of us unworthy earthlings.

And some of them delivering on ancient cassette tape sound support only, still today. Forsooth! Kind of eclectic, these days, when you gotta hunt around the attic to find a player. If you own one still at all, that is. Most of these outfits still live by their old code and modus operandi. Bands like Darkend actually perform a ritual – black mass – more than offering music to the informed metal public.Got hooked? Raid this some more...