Guilt Machine – On This Perfect Day – Review

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The album On This Perfect Day from Arjen Lucassen‘s Progressive Metal project Guilt Machine feels vaguely familiar. It constantly plays stuff we may have heard somewhere. Bits of sound that waft over here from the past, ideas that float by like long gone echoes of things that are not quite tangible. Yet, they never really manifest themselves and show their colors.

So, could it be that it is the concept and this retro coloring of technologies long out of fashion that gets us this impression?

Because this record is much more complex than just simple tunes strung together. In … [...] Click to raid more!

Ghost Avenue – Even Angels Fail (2020) – Review

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Let’s break a lance for Heavy Metal. Since NWoBHM left the building, this style kinda went out of fashion. Call me a snob, but I still relish the times when metal was easy. You didn’t have to worry about a gazillion of silly styles that the fucking purists of the movement dearly wish to imprint on ye.

So, the RMR deck crew really relishes every band that still navigates in the goodies the ’80s brought forward, when Hard Rock grew stale and the new metal was sexy. The Norwegians from Ghost Avenue are one of those … [...] Click to raid more!

Grim Ravine – It’s a long way down, To Where You Are (2020) – Review

Last updated on 2 October 2020

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Do you like diving? I do. Or at least, I did. Because Corona killed all the joys of life for the moment. Boy, you can’t even get no beer of that name no more. They just shut the factory down in Mexico, which is a bummer.

But when diving was still en vogue not so long ago, I did enjoy that peace and quiet down there in those blue waters. Corals, colorful fish – and the occasional dread when a shark eyes you too closely.

But the farther you go down, the murkier things … [...] Click to raid more!

Ghost – Live Review – Wembley Arena 2019

Last updated on 8 March 2021

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If you’re not familiar with Ghost, it is quite difficult to explain what they bring to the table. Even their musical style is questioned. Some call them a metal band, others scoff at the mention of such an idea and call them a rock band.

The right answer is somewhere in the middle of those two opinions.

Ghost are very much a rock band that dips their fingers in all sorts of pies. Metal, pop, and classical elements are wrapped around a solid hard rock foundation that is both … [...] Click to raid more!