Incursed – Baskavígin (2021) – Review

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Baskavígin, or the killing of the Basque Whalers in 1615. That’s the theme Incursed chose for their newest full-length album of that same name. A sordid tale of over 400 years ago that lead to the death of a score or two of Basque sailors at the hands of Icelandic peasantry.

And indeed, whilst not pretty, the story is perfect to support the band’s Folk Metal urges that mix Death Metal with thrashy faux Viking bouts of Power Metal. To the point that I found yet another beer song on the tracklist. Something that already did not sit … [...] Click to raid more!

Ironflame – Blood Red Victory (2020) – Review

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Summer finally arrived. And the Heavy Metal heatwave is on as well, methinks. We just covered Ghost Avenue and now need to return to Ironflame with Blood Red Victory. This is one record that the RMR deck crew over here criminally neglected for long, endless months. But hey, never say die, right?

So, let’s step right in, and brutally so. The team over here has been bruised by those dime-a-dozen soundalikes. Heavy Metal served on a mighty platter of wannabes with a taste for forgery. Those that copy the masters of the genre with wanton abandon and … [...] Click to raid more!

Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind (1983) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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Let’s face it. The ’80s were Iron Maiden‘s heyday. Alongside others, like the mighty Dio, this band truly wrote metal history. A decade that delighted us with records like The Number of the Beast, Powerslave, or again the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. All of them friggin’ heavy hitters in their own right. Talk about the creativity of a band totally unchained and in full creative vigor.

Fast forward to modern times, it is now some five years since The Book of Souls hit … [...] Click to raid more!

Insomnium – Heart Like a Grave (2019) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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At first, Heart Like a Grave sounds like one of them Amon Amarth records. It is this straight-in-your-face, rumbling Death Metal that compares so well to the yonder icy tracks from the muscular and bearded ones. The only missing part is the dragonhead and the inevitable Viking longship.

So nope, this cannot be it. Instead, we – indeed – get a hefty dose of pretty stellar Insomnium. The type of Melodeath, which does not take prisoners.

If you remember, Winter’s Gate already went Viking in 2016, much to … [...] Click to raid more!