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.

Despite its shortness, Ritualis Aeterna conveys a sense of symphonic, darkly melodic complexity that may repel you with its tendency to gripe electronically at first.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Intermittent Digest – Tome V

RockmusicRaider Editorial - Tome VIt is high time for a new update of the latest state of affairs and exciting findings on the RMR website. Many months have elapsed since Tome IV came aboard and the 2016 Top 10 saw the light of day. The mighty post count now is way beyond the three hundred mark and a new logo was unleashed. RMR has just a few days ago gone fully secure on this virus infested internet, too. That is something the IT security officer was nagging us about for some time – and rightly so. 

Last year however the RockmusicRaider deck crew experienced a massive slowdown of output to the trusted readers.  Well – for now – the reasons for this outrageous gaffe shall remain mysterious and foggy for ye fans of the blog.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Xandria – Theater of Dimensions (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Xandria - Theater of Dimensions - Album CoverThey did it. They finally dit it. Xandria managed to keep one of their female fronts a bit longer than for a felt stretch of one album only. So, here they again feature the classically trained Dutch singer Dianne Van Giersbergen on their second album in a row. And rightly so. Talented girl that she is, she can easily match a range from Tarja Turunen, over Floor Jansen and back to Simone Simons. And that means something.

As the band’s progression goes, already their last contribution Sacrificium was a step up the star-studded ladder of operatic glory. This makes you wonder where their latest and seventh full length record Theater of Dimensions will take us.Got hooked? Raid this some more...