Anaal Nathrakh – In The Constellation of the Black Widow (2009) – Review

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So, you think that you can stomach trve Extreme Metal, right? Howling mad metal, worse than the amorphous horrors the Lovecraft wackos like to throw at you. Something so unhinged, yet still strangely refined that will make a Dodecahedron concert seem like a genteel night at the opera with civilized glasses of champagne and salmon canapés.

RMR here already had a go at Anaal Nathrakh‘s 2020 piece Endarkenment. You know, the one with the pigs and the cocks in their eyes1). And we were mighty impressed with this record. Yet, what always surpassed the … [...] Click to raid more!

Archspire – Bleed the Future (2021) – Review

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No more Technical Death Metal this year. That was the iron-clad directive from RMR management some months ago. And indeed, the RMR ‘zine suffered its fair share of this often overly nerdy genre in these first 10 months or so of a very long 2021.

Those findings ranged from pseudo-Nippon bloatware with benefits to what one could avidly describe as some totally savvy cosmic crossover, we got it all.1) So, the RMR pathfinders weren’t exactly keen on torturing our ear canals with more distorted sounds of that ilk.

But why did we immediately latch on to the … [...] Click to raid more!

Aexylium – The Fifth Season (2021) – Review

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Ah, here we have another outfit from Varese in Italy. It looks like this spot in the state of Lombardy hosts a wealth of metal bands. The styles seem to range from total extremes to the folksier realms of the metal multiverse. So, once good ol’ RMR heads South again, a stop will now definitely be in order to visit with people. So we can have it all, from the folk people to the devil’s lore.

Aexylium already appeared on these pages with their former full-length Tales from this Land. Now, whilst their earlier piece went blatantly … [...] Click to raid more!

Athemon – Athemon (2021) – Review

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Every once in a while, the RMR deckhands like to pluck a totally unknown band and their newest concoction out of the ether. Not that plowing the underground will saddle us with a gazillion of new followers, their marketing skills and/or market power are often conspicuously absent. But the fresh sounds and tunes, untainted by the evil mainstream, are often irresistible.

Now, Athemon‘s current crew Tom MacLean, Adriano Ribeiro, and their guesting drummer and percussionist Gledson Gonçalves seem to have been around the block a few times. MacLean – for instance – formed part of … [...] Click to raid more!