Stygian Crown – Stygian Crown (2020) – Review

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Aye. Proto-doom is yet again on the menu. And Pale Divine just set the pace with their kinda weirdly mystical piece – like it or not.

The RMR deck crew is quite pleased that we finally get some sturdier fare in all things doom metal. One that reaches back to the earlier facets of this hugely grown genre. It’s just about time that things move away from the Peaceville Three, back to the roots where this all came from.

True, we got excellent fare in the Doom Death Metal universe, but real clear voice doom of the olden days is … [...] Click to raid more!

Sorcerer – Lamenting of the Innocent (2020) – Review

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“In Nomine Dei Nostri Satanas Luciferi Excelsi”?

Not quite. But I was just looking at that superb album art with the demonic clergy on full display. So what do you want me to conclude?

But this is Sorcerer of course, and they do prefer to navigate in the lit soundscapes of the metal multiverse. The murky and smoky depths of the pit where their ritualistic brethren dwell are – not quite their thing, methinks. In this light, “Ave Voluptatis Carnis” might be more to the mark. In conjunction with the Malleus Maleficarum if you get … [...] Click to raid more!

Sojourner – Premonitions (2020) – Review

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I got a kick out of this. To hear Chloe Bray wail away on The Monolith like some weird mixture of Amalie Bruun and an early version of Sharon den Adel just made my day. Only, the RMR deck crew somehow feared that she would also do the dirty and scream away like Myrkur in her early days.

But never fear, this is indeed Sojourner. So, no mad screaming on this record to ruin the mighty atmospheric impression in one go. If anything you get Azathoth’s mad piping, which perfectly fits their lay of the … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: The Deluge, by Sojourner!

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The 2016 record Empires of Ash trained our corporate Atmospheric Black Metal spotlight squarely on Sojourner. A promising, multi-national band operating out of the UK with a somewhat unique style to boot. We were equally impressed, if not more, with the delights of The Shadowed Road in 2018.

So, ways to go for the future, right?

And indeed, like clockwork, Sojourner now appeared on our radar with their teaser video The Deluge. The one made to promote their upcoming album Premonitions that will be out later in May 2020.

Now in the meantime, the band switched to Napalm … [...] Click to raid more!