Cradle Of Filth – Dusk… and Her Embrace (1996) – Review

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There are records that you gotta be in the mood for. And all of Cradle of Filth‘s pieces kinda qualify for that sentiment. The level of crazy intensity, the ceaseless high-pitched screams, the endless gallivanting in between the world of gothic moodiness and speedy blackened Extreme Metal tend to wear out even the sturdiest of metalheads. But in turn, CoF would not be itself if that ferocity would suddenly evaporate and be replaced with something that – I don’t know – Amaranthe would do, for instance. What a blasphemous thought, though, right?

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Online Presence in Music Marketing. Crucial – or not?

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Underground bands are somewhat of a staple of the RMR ‘zine. Many are insanely talented but – for some reason – some of them decided to stay invisible. Or they chose to be more kvlt than trve kvlt allows. As in, only offer plastic cassettes on a frugal Bandcamp page, for instance. That usually goes hand-in-hand with an anemic presence on Social Media, or none at all. To add insult to injury, they usually won’t bother with a proper website. Because – you know – there already is that Bandcamp page.

And that’s quite enough to ensure that coveted online … [...] Click to raid more!

Jones Street – Out of the Gutter (2022) – Review

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Why am I suddenly looking at a picture of a weirdly young Guns N’ Roses clone? Well, there’s Axl friggin’ Rose, or – at least – a look-alike. Oh, and a young ersatz Slash is also present. All of that in the midst of all those shampooed beings. RMR in full glam mode.1)

Hair Metal on a trve metal blog? That’s heresy, or is it, now? Because, y’know, girls gotta have fun sometimes. And Jones Street here sported a lusty tune back in time. So, let’s unpack some of those shiny objects. No influencers with body hair and no … [...] Click to raid more!

Fortis Ventus – Vertalia (2022) – Review

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Symphonic Metal. A genre that many pronounced dead and gone, yet you’ll still find tons of bands tilling these very same fields. In truth, the genre’s heyday was in the early ’00s, up to the early ’10s. After that, too many clones and soundalikes appeared on that limited territory. So much so, that today even the biggies of the genre experience identity crises that make some of them increasingly reluctant to go for innovation. And so, some cling to their past successes instead.

This – in return – leads to brutally bland material. Reheated all over again, with huge loads … [...] Click to raid more!