Dimman – Songs and Tales of Grievance (2021) – Review

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The RMR music search radar always combs the vast reaches of the metal multiverse for the funky and the extraordinary. For bands that don’t quite care about styles and conventions – and, in turn, don’t make a mess out of it. And sometimes we indeed stumble upon some promising vibes that talk to those grouchy deckhands stuck in the RMR office suite. Bands that can morph the many distractions the metal multiverse offers into something focused and innovative.

So, we’re glad that we came across the Finnish band Dimman with their first single some time ago. Not too … [...] Click to raid more!

Vandor – On A Moonlit Night (2021) – Review

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The vast universe of Power Metal is populated by all sorts of strange folk. And sometimes I wonder why that is. Okay, I get their penchant for fantasy tales, but – boy – sometimes things move way too far into Lalaland. You get the unicorns in space, the beer guzzlers, them screamo dudettes on a mission1), or – again – the sweetish fondue makers.

And don’t get me wrong, all those performers are high-end professionals and they know the stuff they strut. Also, the RMR deckhands had a ton of fun already with some … [...] Click to raid more!

Hexenklad – Heathenheart (2021) – Review

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Archaeology says they were in Canada eons ago. We’re talking about the Norse explorers that (apparently) invaded modern-day Canada some 500 years before Columbus struck down South. Those are captivating stories about Vikings trying to settle what is today North America. Only to get in trouble with the Skraelings of a millennium ago and to finally abandon their quest.

This inspired several Canadian bands like SIG:AR:TYR to hop onto that very specific bandwagon (or Viking ship) and start riffing about it. And not only that. The mystical lands of the Canadian outback and its fascinating history motivated a … [...] Click to raid more!

Desolation Angels – King (2017/2018) – Review

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Did you know that travel back in time is possible? It is. And this despite all those snazzy theories to the contrary that them scientists like to throw at us measly earthlings. Don’t believe me? Well, forget about all those wildly spinning time machines and fire up your disc player.1) Then, feel that nostalgia and pop in the 2018 piece King from Desolation Angels, and – wham – you’re back in the late ’80s where NWoBHM reigned supreme.

But why now? After all, heard it all before, headbanged it, got a lot of t-shirts, right? Well, … [...] Click to raid more!