Firelink – Firelink (2020) – Review

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Black Metal and its bigger brother Extreme Metal are fertile grounds. Somehow everything that sounds wild or arcane kinda lands in the playground of Folk’s cousin. Because both till these fields of the mystical and often pagan wisdom. And the lore they choose can be both, imagined or rooted in history somewhere.

Now, here we move to fantasy land all over again. In other words, those bands that dabble in pseudo-history and wild imagination will be on the menu. Stories garnished with everything the creative and sometimes delirious mind can cook up is game. And often … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Monnalisa haunts Fleshgod Apocalypse!

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I am not surprised that Nuclear Blast finally sponsored Monnalisa to appear on moving pictures. After all, it is one of the most publicly palatable tracks on Fleshgod Apocalypse‘s Veleno. One for the masses, if you will. If that can be said about this record at all.

But by the holy metal cow, this video took me by storm. Flawless execution on display with a storyline that holds its water from beginning to end. A Victorian tableau of hinted gruesomeness.

Monnalisa paints itself in lively pictures that whisper of forbidden fruits and deliciously gory endings. Those that can … [...] Click to raid more!

Fvneral Fvkk – Carnal Confessions (2019) – Review

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The devil is in the detail. And in the name, too. Because, Nomen est Omen, as the saying goes.

So, when Fvneral Fvkk released their newest album Carnal Confessions in September 2019, it got that proverbial cold shoulder. Because – let’s face it – the name the band chose for themselves really does not incite any fervor to write that review.

In other words, whenever a moniker speaks of juvenile bad taste to say the least, the crew over here puts those records on the backburner. There is only so much marketing and legal can … [...] Click to raid more!

Opinion: Faun – and the Pop Culture!

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When working on Faun‘s latest record Märchen & Mythen, I came across an undercurrent or two worth mentioning about this band. But those – understandably – steadfastly refused to integrate too well into the review. So here we are with yet another piece on this decidedly talented German Pagan Folk band.

And on the menu are – you probably guessed it – the birthing pains the band went through after the last major change of direction and its current and future implications.

The Change Game!

Starting with the refreshing 2013 record Von den Elben, the German Medieval … [...] Click to raid more!