Stargenesis – Distress Call From Earth (2023) – Review

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In early 2023 a big splash was recorded out of the swampy depths of our review pipe. Stargenesis just crashlanded in the midst of all those slithering creatures covered with age-old muck. As a good earth-bound galactic starship must, in a way.

And to our very own distress, 83 minutes of airtime just revealed themselves. Will those bands ever learn or don’t they just care? You see, it’s awfully difficult to forge some decent record out of so much material and NOT lose the audience in the process. So, what will we find? Total overload of ever-returning tedious tropes or … [...] Click to raid more!

Dismal – Via Entis (2023) – Review

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One of the major stepping stones to a great record is a pristine production. No friggin’ doubt about it. But methinks that a number of bands didn’t quite catch that one yet. And when this juicy little detail is overlooked, then lackluster things like this one and this one happen. And that’s often a pity. Because all the good ideas are usually right behind the curtain, only they won’t quite come out and shine.

And these records often feel like a confused circus hiding its very own performers. So, what’s it gonna be with the folks over at Dismal? … [...] Click to raid more!

Dust Prophet – One Last Look Upon the Sky (2023) – Review

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Why is it that pretty much all deserts on album covers are orange? The mighty influence of the sands of Arizona or virtual visits to the worms of Dune, perhaps. Or again, a subconscious submission to all those Hollywoodian fantasy shenanigans that happened to crawl across our screens over the years. Or is orange the color of the grim reaper? We got three of them right here on the artwork after all. I guess we’ll never know for sure.

What we do know, however, is that Dust Prophet not only chose their dystopian album cover well, but also their style … [...] Click to raid more!

Katatonia – Sky Void of Stars (2023) – Review

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It’s interesting, isn’t it? Many bands of renown never made it onto the famed RMR review pipe. One reason might be that we tend to favor the underground. Those vile creatures of the mucky metal Middle Earth, slithering around in the oily dark corners of our crusty pipeline. Just to be pulled out screaming into the light to sometimes spectacular effects.

In other words, the RMR Review Committee usually shuns the mainstream. And many of those big outfits kinda placed themselves in their most commercially viable channels. And there’s – after all – nothing wrong with this approach. Gotta buy … [...] Click to raid more!