Do you know why the 2017 Ensiferum record still did not get a review? It is not for lack of trying. The reason is the predictability of their product. This argument leading to ‘I told you so’ on style and execution. This almost divine anticipation that – most of the time – is right on target. And this drives everyone around the RMR officescape nuts.
And that’s the fault of these bands that grovel to the gods of the music industry and just say and do all the things the label will want to hear. So, whenever these records start turning, I am disgusted. And it is not that Power / Melodic / Gothic Metal cannot be entertaining. Or be outright great, as Gloryhammer demonstrated so aptly. It is this inability to step out of the comfort zone and try new things that really gets on the wrong side of me. [...]