Dawn of Ouroboros – The Art of Morphology (2020) – Review

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The RMR deck crew fancies bands gallivanting across styles and genres. Those with little regard to the proverbial little boxes the purists like so much. Because they are the ones that bring that fresh wind into stale soundscapes that often border on the morose.

The appetites for charting new courses vary of course. You get the politically correct ones that carefully navigate about their metal.

And then you get the carefree bands. Those that happily throw the compass overboard and just head out into that wide-open metal sea. Never mind cliffs, storms, and maneuvers.

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Deathless Legacy celebrate Saturnalia!

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It is true. I had my reservations about Rituals of Black Magic, Deathless Legacy‘s last full-length album. Somehow things did not quite fit. The record tried to be a live performance on stage. And the band is known for its pretty lavish productions on stage if nothing else. Yet, this was obviously impossible if soundbites are the only thing that you have to offer.

So, this time, the deathless ones just returned with an interesting concept EP called Saturnalia. One that plays much better to their strengths than its predecessor ever could. To do so, they chose … [...] Click to raid more!

Diabulus in Musica – Euphonic Entropy (2020) – Review

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Over their decade in existence, Diabulus in Musica carved out a pretty lofty place for themselves with the top players of the Symphonic Metal universe. Albeit always with a slightly overdone classical component. A fact that we bemoaned already in our reviews of The Wanderer and Argia.

But still, Zuberoa Aznarez‘ siren’s song and her impressive classically trained vocal powers really hooked us petty much every time. Her contribution, together with Gorka Elso‘s growls, really made for the perfect team.

For quite a while the duo created an almost flawless Beauty and the … [...] Click to raid more!

Darkend – Spiritual Resonance (2019) – Review

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I knew it. We will need to return to last year’s offerings. Because, lo and behold, Darkend‘s latest record Spiritual Resonance hereafter, somewhere fell by the wayside. And disappeared into the blackened yonder of RMR’s vast archives.

Their last record The Canticle of Shadows already garnered a pretty sturdy following on RMR, and – finally – appeared on three of our listings. First, the 2016 Top 10, the 10 Most Popular Posts and – lastly – on the Intermittent Digest IV. A feat not many bands mastered so far, ever.

This pretty stellar … [...] Click to raid more!