Moonspell – Hermitage (2021) – Review

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Do you know what I like about Moonspell? They always deliver something new on every record. I often think back to the quietly aggressive desperation on Extinct or the delicious menace on Night Eternal.1) 1755 was a bit more touchy, yet the idea to do an album in Portuguese without clear vocals was quite a feat. Because, earthquake centuries ago, you know.

Insinuations and rumors have it that the band may not continue for much longer. And that’s not necessarily something I fancy to hear. Because this band’s dark and melancholy ways have very much become … [...] Click to raid more!

Marche Funèbre – Einderlicht (2020) – Review

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Marche Funèbre. Ah, ’tis so decadently funeral, this Chopin thing.1) The name of the band brings classical heavy hitters to mind. Soaring melodies full of sorrow. And all that to bury one more lost soul.

So, did RMR suddenly cross those terrible waters of the river Styx and went full-bore classical? Never in life, or anywhere thereafter2).

Straight off the bat, Einderlicht‘s melancholy ways make themselves known. We were quite smitten by their knack to project doom. A sound not unlike Draconian, yet without the female touch.

The band – this time – … [...] Click to raid more!

My Silent Wake – Damnum Per Saeculorum (2020) – Review

Last updated on 2 May 2021

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RMR covered My Silent Wake before, in their incarnation as a Doom Death Metal band. Their very bare-bone yet rough and emotional style always made us listen up and home in for a closer look. Damnatio Memoriae and There Was Death come to mind.

But sometimes some of these bands have alter egos, yet another unplugged plane of existence. And this band is one of them.

True, 2020 is – so far – full of pretty excellent newly forged metal albums. And that kept us busy until the damp fogs of fall started … [...] Click to raid more!

Mercyless – The Mother of All Plagues (2020) – Review

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I heard rumors. Rumors that former works of Mercyless somehow didn’t quite convince. Records yingyanging wildly about the quality spectrum, new styles that didn’t fit the mood of the fan crowd. C.O.L.D. of 1996 that really lost them a lot of followers. Boy, that’s a ton of baggage right there.

And Max Otero even said as much during this long-gone interview with Tough Riffs Magazine back in 2015. But let’s not dwell too much on the past, no good will come out of it and this is not the History Channel. And – also – because the present can … [...] Click to raid more!