Ellende – Ellenbogengesellschaft (2022) – Review

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Behold. The RMR crew finds itself back with that vibrant pool of excellent metal bands found around Germany and Austria. And we – of course – already drank deeply from that dark well of vile Extreme Metal that seems to spring forth from the tortured souls in those lands.

Now, some of the most exciting specimens originate from the Black Forest and – specifically – in the area around Bavaria and the greater swathes of the Austrian heartland. So, it seems like those dark valleys, somber forests, wild streams, and often magic sights inspire the doomy, atmospheric folks most.

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Evermore – Court of the Tyrant King (2021 / 2022) – Review

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Is it a good idea to review a reissue of an older record and Power Metal to boot? Probably not. Many a metalhead will cringe in (often imaginary) pain and leave this ‘zine screaming. After all, the cheesy flavor of those power folks is no better than the horrific terrors of glam. Right?

Well, 2022 has yielded some pretty neat to truly excellent material in the PM arena. It’s not all gold and shiny diamonds, though. Some of that metal of the light didn’t quite sync with the unfathomable hardline opinions of the RMR review board.1) But for this … [...] Click to raid more!

Faun – Pagan (2022) – Review

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It’s a pity, in a geeky kind of way. Faun now is a different animal than it was once Von den Elben hit the fan crowd. 2013 was a time of change, a refreshing reminder that Medieval Folk can be fun and games without the burden of having to recreate history. True, some of that fare was a tad light-minded, but the RMR crew here did enjoy that new refreshing wind blowing down from the German heartland. By the time Midgard released, a motley selection of style directions appeared. A somewhat uneasy mix of old-time ethereal tracks and the lighter … [...] Click to raid more!

Science of Disorder – Apoptose (2022) – Review

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Science of Disorder is one of those bands. The ones that lurch into action with some promise, and then take their sweet time to produce more material. They actually started activities back in 1989 as Soulless and then changed identities in 2011 to the current moniker. Heart, Blood & Tears followed that same year with mixed reviews. In 2018, some seven years later, the more thoughtful Private Hell finally found a market spot.1)

Now, in the unholy year of the Dark Lord 2022, Apoptose2) reached the swampy depths of our review pipe. In other words, SoD ain’t in … [...] Click to raid more!