Gehenna or Paradise? Illumenium’s pathway to fame.

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From time to time, the RMR crew stumbled across tall tales told about the Estonian band Illumenium. An outfit chiefly famous for hawking their wares aggressively on windy street corners and in malls all around Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. But less so for outstanding musicianship and top-notch performance.

Their sales strategy admittedly stems from a desire to beat that vile capitalist commercialization through big corporations. And, as the lore goes, they’ll continue with their business strategy, regardless of legality and from the underground if necessary. It’s all about that time-worn stereotype that promoters, managers, producers, and their minions are … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Solar Gift Live, sent by Jupiter Hollow!

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I am fascinated by Jupiter Hollow‘s video clip called Solar Gift that somehow strayed off their 2020 record Bereavement and found its way onto our huge video screen. But we weren’t dazzled by outstanding cinematographic craftsmanship, far from it.

The video itself feels like one of those Covid live sessions, shot in a studio on a ubiquitous band action setting. So, nothing really to write home about from that angle. Not that those videos are bad, we enjoyed a few cool ones over the last year or so. And perhaps too many.

Yet here, Solar Gift comes in a … [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Mist of Misery plow The Fields of Isolation!

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The RockmusicRaider talent scout is on the prowl again. Always looking for new, slightly different undercurrents in the rock and metal multiverse, we came across the Swedish band Mist of Misery and their newest mini-album Fields of Isolation. What do they have on offer? A tasty mix of Atmospheric Black Metal and Post Black Metal with a doomy, melancholic twist. And all of that comes at a pretty cosmic scale.

In a way, their tune sounds like a mix of Ashbringer, Palus Somni, and Eschatos. Then add some early Dimmu Borgir, Burzum, and a trifle … [...] Click to raid more!

Crown On The Head of a King of Mud, by Human Failure!

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Anarchy, a theme often misused for a bunch of theories and doctrines. But it can also serve to vent your anger or to generate totally fucked soundscapes. And Human Failure here seem to be angry to the boiling point, at humanity in particular. To the point that – apparently – our only hope is a noose.

And sometimes it behooves us adepts of Extreme Metal to remember how truly disjointed real raw and archaic extreme metal music feels like. Stuff that goes way beyond conventions and styles. A place where non-melody rules and noize will make the daemonic Black Metal … [...] Click to raid more!