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!

Opeth – In Cauda Venenum (2019) – Review

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If there was one 2019 album that kinda lurked in the back of my mind, it is Opeth‘s In Cauda Venenum. The piece generated a constant and considerable background chatter, one that we found difficult to ignore. To the point that the crew here finally decided to give it a go.

The band graced the fan crowd with their 13th installment late last year. If this will be their lucky number remains to be seen. But they sure tried their best with an English and a Swedish version on that very same … [...] Click to raid more!

Officium Triste – The Death of Gaia (2019) – Review

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We had our share of pretty cool Doom Death Metal pieces on the blog in 2019 already. Outfits with depression-inducing names like The Drowning or – again – Esogenesi come to mind.

These are bands that take the notion of doom on its deathly bed of anxiety to the absolute next level. And we are not quite sure that those can really be beaten. At the very least, any new contender will be up against this formidable bulwark of sorrow and pain. One that can hardly be vanquished.

Or can it?

Now, here we have the … [...] Click to raid more!

Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime (1988) – Review

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At first, we got confused with Operation: Mindcrime of Queensrÿche. How come a record sounds so ’80s when the label says that it is made in 2003?

Okay, our bad, the researcher somehow did not connect the dots correctly. This was when the remaster happened. But the original record indeed dates back to 1988. So, all’s well in metal universe again.

Yet confusion does suit this band well. It snugly goes together with the hullabaloo around Geoff Tate in 2012, a time when the band fired him along with his wife and others of family … [...] Click to raid more!