Plague Weaver – Ascendant Blasphemy (2021) – Review

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The RMR deck crew is always on the lookout for new, molten metal. And these materials quite often come from outfits so far underground that they’re largely unknown to the Extreme Metal community. Let alone by the vile mainstream, if ever there will be a spot there for this kind of tune.

Plague Weaver appeared on our radar way back in 2020 when their sole master – RM – started to take on steam. Their EP Through The Sulphur Eyes left quite an impact crater over here. And we had our antennae tuned in their direction for more ever … [...] Click to raid more!

Harakiri for the Sky – Maere (2021) – Review

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The time element is commonly used to move a storyline along. And often it is a ticking clock that serves this purpose well. Because music – by definition – moves along those ticks that transform it into some sort of mathematical equation.1) And that usually makes for a crisp and effective record overall.

The runtime of an album is another matter. Its length can easily turn into some sort of bloatware from hell. A gummy thing that is difficult to define because the term ‘too long’ is flexible. And it definitely is in the eyes of the beholder.… [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash – Goddess and The Withering!

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Sometimes things are simple. The tune needs to connect straight with yours truly once you start on a record. And – boom – it goes viral in your head. And this just happened with the band Goddess from Norway.

Their album The Withering will catch your attention like that. And it does that with a goofy style mix of ‘Stoner Rock dude meets Death Metal brute’.

The EP was first released in 2014 with a new version out in 2016.1) Now, the updated version released on guitarist/vocalist Alexander Mora‘s label Voidcaller Records with a full remix and remaster. As … [...] Click to raid more!

Alkerdeel – Slonk (2021) – Review

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I just finished writing a review that shall appear in the future. And I admit, it didn’t go well. Same as Alkerdeel‘s Slonk, this other record also advocates a mixture of sludge and doom, lost in ethereal wailings, muted riffs, and beastly drums. Only, it just doesn’t click, nor does it convey oomph or passion.

But Alkerdeel here truly deliver a ferocious brand of their very unique metal moonshine. And this on a bed of more or less authentic Black Metal vibes. A style that seems to fit the theme better than what others chose as their … [...] Click to raid more!