Ironflame – Blood Red Victory (2020) – Review

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Summer finally arrived. And the Heavy Metal heatwave is on as well, methinks. We just covered Ghost Avenue and now need to return to Ironflame with Blood Red Victory. This is one record that the RMR deck crew over here criminally neglected for long, endless months. But hey, never say die, right?

So, let’s step right in, and brutally so. The team over here has been bruised by those dime-a-dozen soundalikes. Heavy Metal served on a mighty platter of wannabes with a taste for forgery. Those that copy the masters of the genre with wanton abandon and … [...] Click to raid more!

Ghost Avenue – Even Angels Fail (2020) – Review

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Let’s break a lance for Heavy Metal. Since NWoBHM left the building, this style kinda went out of fashion. Call me a snob, but I still relish the times when metal was easy. You didn’t have to worry about a gazillion of silly styles that the fucking purists of the movement dearly wish to imprint on ye.

So, the RMR deck crew really relishes every band that still navigates in the goodies the ’80s brought forward, when Hard Rock grew stale and the new metal was sexy. The Norwegians from Ghost Avenue are one of those … [...] Click to raid more!

Nirvana – Bleach (1989) – Review

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In a way, this is the review I never wanted to do. Bleach, Nirvana‘s starter kit, has no great allure and was never able to really convince me. Too bare bone in structure1), totally scratchy and with a somewhat unfinished varnish.

You see, Nirvana and me, we go way back and this anti-fanboy opinion of that first record is well-founded in all sorts of empirics. Or in other words, this has not always been a relationship of love and understanding. We can of course also find excuses why this album should exist … [...] Click to raid more!

Haken – Virus (2020) – Review

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Why is it we’re never learning from all the mistakes we ever made?

Invasion | Haken, Virus – 2020

Wow, Haken must have the mother of all crystal balls. Ever since we learned of the inception of their new record, the chosen name Virus was slightly disturbing to us. But this took on a whole new meaning once the Coronavirus pandemic wrecked our lives, a very dark and ominous one. A story studded with lyrics that are way too prophetic than they ever should be. But eerie as this may be, there’s no connection to the … [...] Click to raid more!