Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy (2010) – Review

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It’s true. The RMR deck crew has a weakness for the sinister and the deep frightening darkness. The brutal and ritualistic metal soundscapes that Rock never touches. A sweet spot for the underground at large and for bands that show a ton of character.

In other words, the mainstream hunters, hustlers, copycats, and other chart-hungry, swampy creatures of the light1) almost run no chance to appear on this blog.

Nevermore, however, directly emerges from those murky depths of the juiciest records the somber subsurface of the metal industry could muster. So, we couldn’t resist taking another … [...] Click to raid more!

Winter’s Verge – The Ballad of James Tig (2020) – Review

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Sometimes these metal-coated ears of the RMR deck crew need a reprieve. A more melodic approach to things will be in order. And if there is some cheese to go with that, then so be it. It will be like some sort of a gooey bandaid, a bit sticky but part of the soundscape.

So, we were glad that Winter’s Verge just sailed by with their new concept album The Ballad of James Tig.

Usually, any band name that starts with Winter tends to emerge from the reaches of the upper North. But here, these folks hail from … [...] Click to raid more!

Noumena – Anima (2020) – Review

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I still remember the enraged and menacing bear-like creature on Myrrys‘ front cover. It exudes this mystical and inhuman furor, as it should. And by doing so, the beast really gives you a hint of the type of metal heading your way.

And truly, Noumena, right off the bat, surged forward with those oddly comfortable growls on a rock-solid and totally cohesive piece of Melodic Death Metal. This whole record oozed that sense of purpose, a march forward to some sort of a final goal.

So, with cozy anticipation, we set our sights on Anima, … [...] Click to raid more!

Mercyless – The Mother of All Plagues (2020) – Review

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I heard rumors. Rumors that former works of Mercyless somehow didn’t quite convince. Records yingyanging wildly about the quality spectrum, new styles that didn’t fit the mood of the fan crowd. C.O.L.D. of 1996 that really lost them a lot of followers. Boy, that’s a ton of baggage right there.

And Max Otero even said as much during this long-gone interview with Tough Riffs Magazine back in 2015. But let’s not dwell too much on the past, no good will come out of it and this is not the History Channel. And – also – because the present can … [...] Click to raid more!