Traveler – Termination Shock (2020) – Review

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Ah, yes. Finally, I have that warm, cozy glow back in my chest. It kinda went cold with this confinement muckfest and all its implications for the music industry. So, what else can you do than hitting the turntable and search for that chunk of metal that’ll do your inner spirit good?

And why not reach back into the distant past when metal was easy, fast, and blazing hot. Back into the bosom of NWoBHM where superchargers like Cirith Ungol made that mighty impression. One that just revived itself lately, much to our delight. A … [...] Click to raid more!

The Black Dahlia Murder – Verminous (2020) – Review

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Alright. This is one of these days where this confinement thing demands some real metal. Down, dirty, and speedy it needs to be. So, back down into RMR’s vast music collection we reached to find that perfect record for the cause. And the winner is Verminous from The Black Dahlia Murder.

The record really boasts all of the above attributes. It also sounds insanely like Dani Filth on a rampage. Now, before you cry foul, let me tell ya that Cradle of Filth navigates way outside of Black Metal for a long time already.

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Tethra – Empire of the Void (2020) – Review

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Metal music is where many proponents dearly love a constant. Genres nicely stowed into neat little boxes and progressing along rulez that someone once decreed.

Someone.

Because we have no idea who that may have been. It’s a bit like the unwritten book of laws turned terrible grimoire. Because everyone can establish a style and then declare it the law of metal.

And some of those freewheelers paid a pretty hefty price. Like the astounding amounts of hate Myrkur had to endure. Because the band around Amalie Bruun dared to challenge the guardians of the genre’s … [...] Click to raid more!

Totenheer – Die Schwarze Spinne (2020) – Review

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Will 2020 be the year of the storytellers?

We just covered Porta Nigra and their godly blackened airs early this year. Now, this time we came across Totenheer, literary specialists from Switzerland, it appears. But the theme they chose is one of those tales that I learned to appreciate over time.

Jeremias Gotthelf’s Die Schwarze Spinne (the black spider) practically lends itself for an Extreme Metal epic. Because it is a dark and evil story, seemingly written by the devil himself. One that ominously tells of a deal with Lucifer gone wrong. Complete with … [...] Click to raid more!