Paradise Lost – Obsidian (2020) – Review

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2020 turns out to be the year of doom in more ways than one. A year that feels more surreal than most.

But fear not.

It looks like many artists were clairvoyant and followed up with a literal deluge of well-crafted Doom Metal of all sorts. Steely, rock hard, and tearfully arranged sorrow and pain. For the avid metalhead to pass the year in comfort, weird as it may be.

And truly, a few very cool grief-laden surprises crossed our paths lately. Like Black Trillium or the late teary opus River of Souls just sent our … [...] Click to raid more!

River of Souls – Usurper (2020) – Review

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Some records that cross our review pipeline just give us a hard time. It’s metal alright, but boy, often they’re those hard-horse pieces with a flow like a block of concrete.

But then you got those visceral ones. Those that talk to your metallic instincts right away. Like a search radar locking on to your target. Snap, bang – and you’re hooked so bad, you can’t stop this disk from killing your turntable.

Well, River of Souls‘ sophomore album Usurper is one of them. Not a full-power lockdown thing. But right from the opening volley, … [...] Click to raid more!

Plague Weaver see Through The Sulphur Eyes!

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The devil’s speaking in tongues? Looks like it. And he comes from Canada of all places.

The RMR deck crew set out to find that taste of the underground. The place that thrives on real Black Metal, not those pseudo tinfoil outfits destined to scare little kids or something. Looking for these hidden things1), from entities that you don’t easily come by. And in truth, we had a lot of mainstream-ish stuff on the menu lately. So, it’s high time for some abject, blackened brutality.

So, luckily Plague Weaver‘s Through The Sulphur Eyes[...] Click to raid more!

Sojourner – Premonitions (2020) – Review

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I got a kick out of this. To hear Chloe Bray wail away on The Monolith like some weird mixture of Amalie Bruun and an early version of Sharon den Adel just made my day. Only, the RMR deck crew somehow feared that she would also do the dirty and scream away like Myrkur in her early days.

But never fear, this is indeed Sojourner. So, no mad screaming on this record to ruin the mighty atmospheric impression in one go. If anything you get Azathoth’s mad piping, which perfectly fits their lay of the … [...] Click to raid more!