Marko Hietala leaves Nightwish!

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May we live in interesting times, right? The bad – or strange – news never stops, and we’re in for more in 2021.

Nightwish‘s Marko Hietala has decided to quit the band with immediate effect and to – in his words – “…leave public life.” It appears that during the terrible last year, he had second thoughts about his life as a musician and the music industry as a whole. Which – wisely – led him to take a time-out and leave one of the greatest Symphonic Metal bands of all time. And that is a pity.

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Need – Norchestrion: a song for the end (2021) – Review

Last updated on 28 January 2021

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In 2020 we bemoaned the fact that there weren’t enough prog outfits to come forward. That good players in this embattled genre had become a dying breed with folks like Steve Wilson opting for the pop highway.1)

Only to find that Haken made it to the top spot of our annual top 10 contest2). In other words, suddenly we had a choice where there was none at first. And a pretty difficult one at that, with Scardust following more or less directly on their heels.

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Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy (2010) – Review

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It’s true. The RMR deck crew has a weakness for the sinister and the deep frightening darkness. The brutal and ritualistic metal soundscapes that Rock never touches. A sweet spot for the underground at large and for bands that show a ton of character.

In other words, the mainstream hunters, hustlers, copycats, and other chart-hungry, swampy creatures of the light1) almost run no chance to appear on this blog.

Nevermore, however, directly emerges from those murky depths of the juiciest records the somber subsurface of the metal industry could muster. So, we couldn’t resist taking another … [...] Click to raid more!

Noumena – Anima (2020) – Review

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I still remember the enraged and menacing bear-like creature on Myrrys‘ front cover. It exudes this mystical and inhuman furor, as it should. And by doing so, the beast really gives you a hint of the type of metal heading your way.

And truly, Noumena, right off the bat, surged forward with those oddly comfortable growls on a rock-solid and totally cohesive piece of Melodic Death Metal. This whole record oozed that sense of purpose, a march forward to some sort of a final goal.

So, with cozy anticipation, we set our sights on Anima, … [...] Click to raid more!