Godiva – Hubris (2023) – Review

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I have a confession to make. RMR is a chocolativore. Sweet-flavored mana from the gods, aphrodisiac, and a divine vessel for rituals, this stuff has been consumed in liquid or solid form for ages. So, how could we resist the siren call of a band calling itself Godiva?

Now, we have two choices, either the name relates to the famous lady and her nude ride or the chocolate brand of the same name. The crew here just blatantly voted for the brand. I wonder why.

Yet, when we look at the album cover, a Victorian gory tableau sporting an … [...] Click to raid more!

…And Oceans – As in Gardens, So In Tombs (2023) – Review

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Gardens, tombs, strange eerie galactic soundscapes. Disturbing visions come to mind once you read the title of this here new record of …And Oceans. The album art doesn’t really alleviate that feeling of impending doom either with dead souls seemingly trying to avoid the dark embrace of Old Nick1) and escape into the light. Some cosmically-challenged mysticized Christian theme on an album cover in greys, blues, and gold. Or is it?

I guess we’ll never know. Because the lyrics on As in Gardens, So in Tombs are undecipherable. And I am sure they’re very elaborate, as is paradoxically … [...] Click to raid more!

Stargenesis – Distress Call From Earth (2023) – Review

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In early 2023 a big splash was recorded out of the swampy depths of our review pipe. Stargenesis just crashlanded in the midst of all those slithering creatures covered with age-old muck. As a good earth-bound galactic starship must, in a way.

And to our very own distress, 83 minutes of airtime just revealed themselves. Will those bands ever learn or don’t they just care? You see, it’s awfully difficult to forge some decent record out of so much material and NOT lose the audience in the process. So, what will we find? Total overload of ever-returning tedious tropes or … [...] Click to raid more!

Dismal – Via Entis (2023) – Review

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One of the major stepping stones to a great record is a pristine production. No friggin’ doubt about it. But methinks that a number of bands didn’t quite catch that one yet. And when this juicy little detail is overlooked, then lackluster things like this one and this one happen. And that’s often a pity. Because all the good ideas are usually right behind the curtain, only they won’t quite come out and shine.

And these records often feel like a confused circus hiding its very own performers. So, what’s it gonna be with the folks over at Dismal? … [...] Click to raid more!