Vermilia – Ruska (2022) – Review

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The Pagan World of Metallics is vast. You get all sorts of street performers with scant knowledge of the good ol’ times when Gaia’s forces were – supposedly – in charge. Often they wear strange rags, holler incomprehensive screechy monologues, and stomp weirdly around the stage.

In their defense, there’s little scientific wisdom available to back things up. And even that is often clouded by the mists of time to boot. Modern-day sages just don’t have enough data to go by, even if considerable progress has been made over the last few years. So, much is open to sometimes wild … [...] Click to raid more!

And Now The Owls Are Smiling – Epitaph (2022) – Review

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I won’t hide it from you. The RMR crew had severe issues with some parts of atmospheric doom, blackened or not. Specifically with bands that wasted our time with useless shenanigans that add zero value to the overall offering. And these still get our mutual blood boiling all over again – even after all that time.1) So, we kept our ears out of that particularly odd corner of the extreme metal multiverse for a while. Because somehow, this ‘thing’ almost always collided with good metal craftsmanship so far.

So, should we poke this particular bear all over again? I … [...] Click to raid more!

Ensanguinate – Eldritch Anatomy (2022) – Review

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Sometimes I yearn for that basic, barebone sound. Rough-hewn, deathly rhythms unspoiled by modern tropes. Downturned, scratchy guitar riffs, drum work to beat you senseless, and growls that seem to emanate from one of the special corners of the Lightbringer’s abode. Olden times revived through metal-fused nostalgia? Yeah, kind of.

It’s during one of those discovery sessions, rummaging through the vilest dregs of that blackened soul, that Ensanguinate plunged into the review pipe. But it’s not only the intriguing band name that kinda stopped us in our tracks but also Eldritch Anatomy‘s album cover. Made by none other than … [...] Click to raid more!

Carrion Vael – Abhorrent Obsessions (2022) – Review

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Can Technical Death Metal put a smile on your face? It depends, as always. And that means in practice, only when Melodic Death Metal gets its juicy cut as well. Otherwise, this whole chebang risks becoming that runaway car crash of metal technocrats’ wet dreams. A ton of roborative sleep or wild somnanbulant gyrations in the bedroom. Turn on the mic.


The unholy year of the Lord 2022 has been a pretty proliferating affair in all matters tech. But this year’s also part and parcel of a tendency that bleeds over from previous years already. RMR fondly remembers the speedomaniacs … [...] Click to raid more!