Apostolica – Haeretica Ecclesia (2021) – Review

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By the ugly mug of the Lightbringer, we got ourselves yet another Ghost in waiting. Apostolica is a new band, out to rearrange the Power Metal landscape. But a cloudy mystique surrounds the members’ identities, as it’s their devout wish to stay incognito. Yet the label assured us that we will find – and I quote – “…some of the finest musicians of the international heavy metal scene.” Alright, then. We always like a band with a swagger.

However, the age-old marketing plot of ‘the man in the iron mask’ is indeed a tad time-worn. The … [...] Click to raid more!

Saturnian Mist – Shamatanic (2021) – Review

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Sometimes the assault feels overwhelming. That’s when those Extreme Metal bands try to not only throw the kitchen sink at you but the whole friggin’ homestead. Suddenly, you got yourself a giant sonic Chinese Wall of Sound roaring mercilessly towards yer sorry ass. One that will threaten to swallow you whole. A noisy metal tsunami of sorts.

So, the only thing you really can do is take the proverbial elephant and cut it into pieces. That’s when the parts become edible and you’ll survive. Or you can just give up on them, which might not necessarily be a … [...] Click to raid more!

Argesh – Excommunica (2021) – Review

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By the unholy minions of the Lightbringer. RMR’s race towards bigger and darker Extreme Metal records continues. Already our short write-up of best finds up to August 2021 yielded some juicy records.

An abundance of disquieting tunes that bask in yonder frightful halo emerging from the abode of the fiend. Stories that speak of the goat and terrible tales whispering about perverting the Bible. About the downfall of mankind and the imminent reign of the beast.

That kind of thing.

Well, Argesh and their debut Excommunica for sure rocked to the forefront of the review pipe with lightning … [...] Click to raid more!

A Shadow of What Once Was, by Wolvencrown!

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Yeah, I know. We shouldn’t go back in time and work on bands that already released their wares. But here we are with Wolvencrown. Their short blurb talks about A Shadow of What Once Was. Frightening shades that are – and I quote – “…swift of foot and sharp of tooth.” From a time when their lonely island in the North Sea was still covered in primeval forests and filled with strange beasts.

Yet, it’s not the lore and mystique that drew us, but this penchant towards old-style Scandinavian Black Metal. Burzum and Gorgoroth be damned, they just … [...] Click to raid more!