Epica explore the Abyss of Time!

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You have to give it to them. Epica are hugely popular and – in a way – have become the embodiment of the Symphonic Metal mainstream. And that might not necessarily be a good thing. Just sayin’.

Yet here, their newest clip Abyss of Time netted over a million views on YouTube with the piece only a few days out of the box. That’s called stellar and global reach. You may like their wares or you may not, but they do hit a nerve with the soft metal folks out there.

And indeed, the hunger for more epic bombast from … [...] Click to raid more!

Ensiferum – Thalassic (2020) – Review

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Whenever I fired up Two Paths, Ensiferum‘s 2017 offering, my mind literally switched off after the third track. All about this album had this moldy taste of a run-of-the-mill, cheesily bombastic and epically challenged junk piece. Filled with stuff we already heard before, and which grew on ye after a few beers too many. Only to find out that this thing pretty much felt like the hangover you just experienced the next morning.

So, in a sense, Ensiferum became that universal bad example whenever the RMR deck crew needed one. Something filled with so … [...] Click to raid more!

Eternal Storm – Come the Tide (2019) – Review

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Spain’s Eternal Storm are one of these bands that excel in this game of the protracted flow. Their offering somehow feels like a river of metal and not-so metal sounds that coasts by majestically on its mid-tempo currents. Like so much metal flotsam in the remnants of a dreaded hurricane.

The band’s new record also is one of these mysteries. Multiple times I started their debut record Come The Tide for a thorough listen. And boom, the record just ended.

This made me wonder what part of this infamous reality of the matrix really failed me. … [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Empty Trail are Lost!

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Ah, Rick Lambert and his band Empty Trail are on the prowl again. And this is interesting, in a geeky and telepathic kind of way. Just a few short weeks ago I wondered whatever happened to this band I used to cover.

Yet here we are.

After the pretty sturdy Hollow Hearted of 2014 and the less juicy 2016 full-length Bare, they are now back in business. With their newest, yet decidedly very short EP Lost. And we all hope that the title is not meant literally.

True, the RMR deck crew wasn’t too thrilled with the last … [...] Click to raid more!