Belphegor – The Devils (2022) – Review

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I thought long and hard if Belphegor should become part of our long list of Extreme metal bands on the ‘zine. After all, they sold their blackened souls for the better part of some 30 years of unholy service. And they kept true to their credo pretty much throughout their impressive career. “Gloriam Satanas”, anyone? And we had our share of trve black metallers on the RMR beat. So, where would all those doubts suddenly emerge from?

First, there is the age-old discussion about Belphegor and right-wing involvement. And I know, that argument is a bit hypocritical at best … [...] Click to raid more!

StormbounD – December (2022) – Review

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Do you know what’s unfair? Any Israeli band with sympathies for the metal genres of the light on their flag will have the bar to success set at an impossible height.

Let’s face it, there’s real excellence in the Levant, a true hotspot for Gothic, Progressive, Melodic, and Symphonic Metal. And Israel fared extremely well in this realm so far. All a bit underrated still, but the European powerhouses of those genres got serious competition. And StormbounD here just threw themselves into the fray as an eager contender.

Moving goalposts or just highest standards? Take a seat at the judges’ … [...] Click to raid more!

Moonshade – As We Set The Skies Ablaze (2022) – Review

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We did it yet again. It was time to just go ahead, reach into the boggy depths of the RMR review pipe, and pull a random record out of the muck. This practice already netted us a score or so of exciting new pieces that – otherwise – would not have appeared here.

AND – drumroll – the lucky winner of the RMR Global Pipe Prize Of The Moment is Moonshade. A Portuguese Death Metal outfit from the beautiful port city of Oporto.

An insane fool’s errand or simply a winner of the RMR Metal Music Lottery? All bets … [...] Click to raid more!

Lucid Grave – Cosmic Mountain (2022) – Review

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The RMR crew is a weird bunch. Instead of going for the easy, high-rolling stars of the rock and metal world that would net us gazillions of clicks and wild riches, we often pick bands with no name and even weirder styles.

That trait saddles us with pretty pig-headed adepts of the underground and no social recognition to speak of. Yet again, these records often contain that fresh material, still untainted by the greedy little hands of big labels. And that’s often more alluring at the RMR office tower than honey is to bees.

Gently humming bumblebees on colorful flowers … [...] Click to raid more!