Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy – The Lord Ov Shadows (2019) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider - Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy - The Lord Ov Shadows - Album Cover Why is it that these Extreme Metal outfits always have that need to wear out their drummer? Overly elaborate drum patterns will just work them into a heart attack.

Just watch some of the videos that start with the stick wielder and their pained expression. So far I have seen none really with a heavenly smile on their faces. And to add insult to injury, I openly heard some bands joking about that, by the way.

You’ll mostly find that situation in these epically charged and overly bombastic works of operatic Symphonic Metal. And [...] Click to raid more!

Dimmu Borgir – Eonian (2018) – Review

Last updated on 2 October 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dimmu Borgir - Eonian - Album Cover There was a time when the purists and die-hard adepts would have burned them disks on heaps of flaming plastic. Like those churches they liked to torch in Norway. We talk about those records that emanated from bands that stepped away from pure path of flaming, spiked and red-hot Black Metal.

Those that reduced themselves to screamy bombast and loads of make-up. Cradle of Filth comes to mind for instance. Even if Dani Filth and his merry warriors are adamant that they are no Black Metal band no more. But still, this is pure [...] Click to raid more!

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

Last updated on 3 December 2020

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Carach Angren Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten Album Cover Sometimes 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.

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Forteresse – Thèmes pour la Rébellion (2016) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

RockmusicRaider Review - Forteresse - Thèmes pour la Rébellion - Album Cover I 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 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 still deliver 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 [...] Click to raid more!