Grim Ravine – It’s a long way down, To Where You Are (2020) – Review

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Do you like diving? I do. Or at least, I did. Because Corona killed all the joys of life for the moment. Boy, you can’t even get no beer of that name no more. They just shut the factory down in Mexico, which is a bummer.

But when diving was still en vogue not so long ago, I did enjoy that peace and quiet down there in those blue waters. Corals, colorful fish – and the occasional dread when a shark eyes you too closely.

But the farther you go down, the murkier things become. Darkness prevails, and soon you … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Treasure Chest Party Quest by Alestorm!

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Ouch. “500 years ago when I was born, I crawled from the womb with a drinking horn…”. Oh my, Christopher Bowes giving birth to himself just takes things to the next level.

Treasure Chest Party Quest from their upcoming album Curse of the Crystal Coconut is about the silliest piece that whizzed across my earphones in 2020. But I admit, Alestorm in pseudo-Balkan tracksuit attire singing that getting drunk will make you stinking rich just reduced me to helpless mirth. This thing is so full of epic clichés, I almost had a heart attack. Not that this band’s former [...] Click to raid more!

Fer de Lance release Colossus!

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You’ve got those rare metal pieces that just talk to you. Those that project this visceral connection to your metallic inner self if you get my drift. And this is the way it should be. Metal that docks onto your brain receptors like there’s no tomorrow. Whoever needs vitamins, when you can have all sorts of metal, right?

The debut EP Colossus of Fer de Lance is one of those. A truly epic mix of Heavy, Doom and – yes – some pretty slow-motion, crazily tilted Power Metal that took the RMR office suite by storm.

True, the band is … [...] Click to raid more!

Dawn of Ouroboros – The Art of Morphology (2020) – Review

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The RMR deck crew fancies bands gallivanting across styles and genres. Those with little regard to the proverbial little boxes the purists like so much. Because they are the ones that bring that fresh wind into stale soundscapes that often border on the morose.

The appetites for charting new courses vary of course. You get the politically correct ones that carefully navigate about their metal.

And then you get the carefree bands. Those that happily throw the compass overboard and just head out into that wide-open metal sea. Never mind cliffs, storms, and maneuvers.

And Dawn [...] Click to raid more!