Pale Divine – Consequence of Time (2020) – Review

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Why does Pale Divine make me think of moonshine whiskey and the Appalachian mountains? Of rough, down-n-dirty bars somewhere on a lonely highway in a godforsaken valley. A place where the bearded ones dwell and downturned music plays on an old jukebox, fueled on a few dimes apiece. Only here we’re looking for that live gig on a tired wooden stage that has seen its best day already.

Well, I guess, because this is a band that plays their music like the lay of the land that surrounds them. This fuzzy, stoner-esque Doom Metal that really … [...] Click to raid more!

Queensrÿche – Condition Hüman (2015) – Review

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Ever since I did the review on the excellent Operation: Mindcrime, I was itching to go ahead and continue reviewing Queensrÿche. They sport a rich heritage of some 40 years of service in rock and metal. Another bunch of seasoned veterans that truly made a mark on the metal scene. Only they were present all over this life-long timespan, unlike others that recently emerged again.

A true career of a rock band, filled with successes, failures (in the eyes of some), and its share of pretty sturdy drama. Just think about the bitter divorce from Geoff Tate[...] Click to raid more!

Paradise Lost – Obsidian (2020) – Review

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2020 turns out to be the year of doom in more ways than one. A year that feels more surreal than most.

But fear not.

It looks like many artists were clairvoyant and followed up with a literal deluge of well-crafted Doom Metal of all sorts. Steely, rock hard, and tearfully arranged sorrow and pain. For the avid metalhead to pass the year in comfort, weird as it may be.

And truly, a few very cool grief-laden surprises crossed our paths lately. Like Black Trillium or the late teary opus River of Souls just sent our … [...] Click to raid more!

Porta Nigra – Schöpfungswut (2020) – Review

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Germany has a special place in my cold metallic heart as it comes to unique, strange and strangely extreme metal bands. Those that disregard guidelines and reject expectations.

And this is paradoxical in a way, because – well – these folks usually and by definition should follow ze rulez, as is their wont. Always. This is Germany after all.

Right?

Well, not for all of them, it seems. True, you’ll find excellent metal bands there that do toe that proverbial line. But that excludes this fair chunk of pretty funky renegade outfits there. Those who don’t … [...] Click to raid more!