Newsflash: Blood of the Dragon – by and for Therion!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Therion - Blood of the Dragon - Album CoverBlood of the Dragon, Therion‘s limited edition collection of covers that just released this March 2018 is an eclectic piece of work not seen to date in the illustrious career of the metallers from Sweden. In cooperation with Stygian Crypt Productions and Possession Productions, the band compiled a savvy selection of covers on two CDs. One in tribute to Therion by a number of bands and the second disk with covers recorded by Therion along all these years the band has been active. 

As the Therion covers go, I took an insane liking to the super-dense, full-throated and meaty interpretation of Asgard (Secret of the Runes – 2001) of Antyra, the German metal storytellers from Leipzig.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Leaves’ Eyes – Sign of the Dragonhead (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Leaves' Eyes - Sign of the Dragonhead - Album CoverI am sitting in a bar with some friends. Nice, dark and cool it is in here, some chicks lounging not far away at a table. Fatty finger food and caloric drinks galore that will wreak havoc with my jelly-belly. But hey, the brain likes fat and sugar, so here we go. Downright comfy, right?

If only there wasn’t just that annoying background music. Like a cold drizzle out in the boonies, always there, but never quite present. Soulless soundbites without effect, created in the cold embrace of robots and synthesizers with some dude tweaking some buttons. I guess to give these heartless electronics some groove, yet it never gets there. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Malacoda fancy Ritualis Aeterna!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Malacoda - Ritualis Aeterna - Album CoverMalacoda flapped about the RMR offices mutual conscience for a long while already, like one of them big fat vampire bats. The ones from places where the moon reigns supreme with its big, shiny fangs. Their EP Ritualis Aeterna initially released in December 2016 and now got on global distribution by this January 2018.

Named after a character in Dante Alghieri’s Inferno, Malacoda takes the idea of Gothic Metal to a next level. The band paints this vivid, slightly decadent debauchery of soundscapes in bold baroque and Victorian strokes. Some sort of a delicious, epic pandemonium, slightly reminiscent of Kamelot with a hint of Fleshgod Apocalypse and early Xandria at times.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Deathless Legacy – Rituals of Black Magic (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Deathless Legacy - Rituals of Black Magic - Album CoverUnholy chanting in the dark, invocations of the daemon, bodily fluids freely streaming down the altar. Oh, lusty Black Mass, where art thou? Well, we got Black Metal outfits like Riti Occulti or – again – Darkend that cover this kind of topic. And it has been covered before and will be the subject of future records, I am sure. Then, you got those pretenders with the pig heads on stakes, pigs blood and chicks on crosses. Gorgoroth comes to mind with their 2004 performance in Krakow that almost got them in touch with the Polish jailhouse rock.

Yet, from time to time we find some others, adding a dramatic Borgia flavor to the these shenanigans straight from the crypt.Got hooked? Raid this some more...