Epica explore the Abyss of Time!

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You have to give it to them. Epica are hugely popular and – in a way – have become the embodiment of the Symphonic Metal mainstream. And that might not necessarily be a good thing. Just sayin’.

Yet here, their newest clip Abyss of Time netted over a million views on YouTube with the piece only a few days out of the box. That’s called stellar and global reach. You may like their wares or you may not, but they do hit a nerve with the soft metal folks out there.

And indeed, the hunger for more epic bombast from … [...] Click to raid more!

Aphonic Threnody – The Great Hatred (2020) – Review

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What marches majestically across this stony, desert-dry Doom Death Metal soundscape? A thing that loudly creeps about its darkened realm at almost funeral speed.

And as our inner eye watched it and listened to its drone, the RMR deck crew here waited for that good ol’ bell to toll. And indeed, we later heard its terrible voice emerging from those depths of distress and sadness.

Well, that’s the first and somewhat murky impression we had once Aphonic Threnody led off with their newest record The Great Hatred. All flags set to half-mast, and straight down those darkly ominous … [...] Click to raid more!

Anaal Nathrakh – Endarkenment (2020) – Review

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I am using the word dense a lot lately. And that’s not meant in a bad way. The RMR deck crew recently took a liking to high-intensity, super-octane Extreme Metal records that will just blow you away by sheer force. Or at least try to. And – second – we have it with duos this year. Bands that only consist of two members. I have no explanation why 2020 turns out this way, but it does.

So, this time it is Anaal Nathrakh‘s time to shine. And before you grow yourself any silly ideas, the name means … [...] Click to raid more!

Svederna – Härd (2020) – Review

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He that seeketh findeth“, right? We have our almighty TGIF1) day, today. And I was looking for some real sturdy Extreme Metal. A sharply pointed something to soothe my soul with. To fight fire with lava hot metal heat, that kind of thing. It burns pressure and depression off your back in one go, like one of those massages. But let’s not go there. This is a music blog.

Well, Sweden turned out to be the destination, and Svederna the target. A band that, in late August 2020, somewhat carelessly threw their newest Black Metal piece Härd onto … [...] Click to raid more!