Xael – Bloodtide Rising (2021) – Review

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There is such a thing as the sophomore cliff for record releases. A blackened metallic rock that any new band somehow must navigate around with their second full-length record. Because failing that, they may not reach those stellar future hunting grounds that will make them stinking rich1). Yet sadly, many a band inexplicably shipwrecks on those accursed submerged reefs.

The RMR crew followed Xael around pretty much since its inception. But somehow the band never quite made it to a full review. Their debut full-length record The Last Arbiter only netted them a short article. A … [...] Click to raid more!

Seth – La Morsure du Christ (2021) – Review

Last updated on 27 August 2021

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I always wondered just how long it would take for some Black Metal outfit to turn the mother of all church burnings into a record. And no, this is not about the likes of Varg Vikernes1) who – between other atrocities – garnered some questionable fame by torching a number of spacious abodes of the nailed god.

Instead, it’s French Black Metal that – yet again – caught our attention. RMR here already covered that particular scene a number of times. Corpus Diavolis, Geisterfels, and a few others come … [...] Click to raid more!

Suncraft – Flat Earth Rider (2021) – Review

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Woe, it’s a long time that the RMR crew didn’t come across a memorable Stoner record. One that makes you want to break out that weed and have at it. Or simply fire up yer blazing red Corvette and cruise down South along the Malibu coast. Until you turn left on Sunset to finally reach the Rainbow Bar & Grill for a bout of debauchery and – perhaps – some meet ‘n’ greet with some grizzled old rock singer.1)

Well, it ain’t the ’80s anymore for sure, and the originals are getting scarce out there. So, it’s … [...] Click to raid more!

Marisa and The Moths – Marisa and the Moths (2019) – Review

Last updated on 18 September 2021

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We need more rock!

The good ol’ warcry again rang out after too much metal ravaged our ears somewhat fierce lately. That devout wish combined itself with an urge to clean up our database with reviews we might have missed over time. And that’s how Marisa and the Moths (re)appeared on our radar with their self-titled 2019 piece.

There’s a ton of Grunge Rock outfits out there. Most of them wanting a slice of the long-gone masters of all time. The band that somehow became the stick by which everything with … [...] Click to raid more!