Gone in April – Shards of Light (2019) – Review

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Will the metal fan crowd still find Gothic Metal bands out there worth their salt? A difficult proposition at best. Because we have heard and seen it all.

Or have we?

And – more importantly – there is no such thing as typical Gothic Metal. The genre more describes a trend and serves as a recipient for a hodgepodge of different styles and variations. Much like other genres.

For example Pagan Metal, which is always driven by historical beliefs that go beyond the lore of the nailed god. And one that – for sure – … [...] Click to raid more!

Crypt Sermon – The Ruins of Fading Light (2019) – Review

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I have an almost sentimental connection to Crypt Sermon. The review for their first full-length record Out of the Garden came to this blog when I seriously started to contemplate continuing with this endeavor. And their album really did get me on this road of loads of work – and little reward.

Now this – at that time – little known band did show a lot of promise. An outfit that we thought would really start to shine further down the road with a little more action under their belt.

Supposedly.

So, here we are, … [...] Click to raid more!

Batushka – Panihida (2019) – Review

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Panihida

2019 is the year of the Batushka controversy, one that will write Black Metal history. The genre is not devoid of its past troubles, and this one here just sounds like a fitting continuation. Albeit a bit less fiery, or deadly – come to think of it.

Yet we still got ourselves one major metallic earthquake that hit our metal shores like a steely tsunami at the beginning of the year. And which never ceased with its aftershocks since.

But it is also true enough that without all that drama, we would never find ourselves with two brand-new … [...] Click to raid more!