Evanescence – Fallen (2003) – Review

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The first studio album Fallen of the US band Evanescence hit the charts like a bomb. The piece already displayed that unique sound that the band under Ben Moody‘s and Amy Lee‘s leadership created. And these were the times when the relationship still kinda worked between these two.

This, combined with the ethereal voice of Amy Lee, created the true potential this band possessed back then. And the success speaks by itself. Once the album released in Europe in 2004 (the US release was – incidentally – in 2003), it took off like a rocket. And … [...] Click to raid more!

Epica – Omega (2021) – Review

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So, is Epica the last Symphonic Metal outfit standing? Apart from the newly coined Surma, perhaps. Nightwish has gone all wobbly on us with Marko Hietala now firmly away from the band.1) And now, this February 2021, Delain imploded and reverted into a solo project again. For all the good that this will do them.2) And what about Within Temptation? Well, let’s not go there.

So, with much trepidation we had our eyes turned towards Omega, Epica‘s newest album. Yet, the first thing that we see is this 70-minute runtime. Yet another specter of … [...] Click to raid more!

Steven Wilson – The Future Bites (2021) – Review

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I am feeling like a ghost these days. It is as if I’d absolutely need to go haunting something, find closure of an unknown cause. And it will not let me move on until I had my fill. Now, don’t worry, good ol’ RMR did not suddenly turn into a zombie looking for brains.

But I need to get one thing off my chest.1) And this is Steven Wilson‘s newest pop addiction piece The Future Bites.

To tell you the truth, I kinda wondered how long this resistance to supply a review would last in the … [...] Click to raid more!

Plague Weaver – Ascendant Blasphemy (2021) – Review

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The RMR deck crew is always on the lookout for new, molten metal. And these materials quite often come from outfits so far underground that they’re largely unknown to the Extreme Metal community. Let alone by the vile mainstream, if ever there will be a spot there for this kind of tune.

Plague Weaver appeared on our radar way back in 2020 when their sole master – RM – started to take on steam. Their EP Through The Sulphur Eyes left quite an impact crater over here. And we had our antennae tuned in their direction for more ever … [...] Click to raid more!