NordWitch – Mørk Profeti – Review

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To stand out from this vast Extreme Metal populace is hard. Real hard. I usually find an endless procession of coequal black-clad outfits of all flavors on my promo list. Some are a bit clownish, others real ritual seekers. As in invoking a daemon, that kind of thing.

All of them try to sell the same bland ol’ soup all over again. Jockeying for position in a genre that somehow lost a lot of its luster over time. And then there are those bands that can just give you this trifle added spice.

NordWitch is one of them. Back in January of 2016, the band already got on the … [...] Click to raid more!

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.

Hietala always … [...] Click to raid more!

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.

Now, it looks like the [...] Click to raid more!

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!