Amorphis – Skyforger (2009) – Review

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RMR just covered Amorphis‘ 2022 piece Halo. And contrary to a few croaks of imminent defeat out there, the band still shines as strongly as it did some 13 years earlier. They must be doing something right in this outfit. Or – perhaps – it is the Finnish fresh air, the pristine water, and frequent trips to the sauna. This band churns out one great record after the other. Consistently, reliably, and with minute attention to detail and quality.

So, as we are on a roll with this band, the time has finally come to reach way into … [...] Click to raid more!

Anaal Nathrakh – In The Constellation of the Black Widow (2009) – Review

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So, you think that you can stomach trve Extreme Metal, right? Howling mad metal, worse than the amorphous horrors the Lovecraft wackos like to throw at you. Something so unhinged, yet still strangely refined that will make a Dodecahedron concert seem like a genteel night at the opera with civilized glasses of champagne and salmon canapés.

RMR here already had a go at Anaal Nathrakh‘s 2020 piece Endarkenment. You know, the one with the pigs and the cocks in their eyes1). And we were mighty impressed with this record. Yet, what always surpassed the levels of … [...] Click to raid more!

Guilt Machine – On This Perfect Day (2009) – Review

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The album On This Perfect Day from Arjen Lucassen‘s Progressive Metal project Guilt Machine feels vaguely familiar. It constantly plays stuff we may have heard somewhere. Bits of sound that waft over here from the past, ideas that float by like long gone echoes of things that are not quite tangible. Yet, they never really manifest themselves and show their colors.

So, could it be that it is the concept and this retro coloring of technologies long out of fashion that gets us this impression?

Because this record is much more complex than just simple tunes strung together. In fact, … [...] Click to raid more!

Halestorm – Halestorm (2009) – Review

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I had never heard of Lzzy Hale before and for sure nothing of a US band called Halestorm. Wassatt? A spelling mistake? Well, folks, joking stopped right away when I started to listen to their first track on their album named after themselves. Where did this rock-hard bundle of energy come from, roaring out of my headphones with this take-no-prisoners attitude? Holy. Shit.

Since then, they have my undivided attention and I have Lzzy Hale and her band in highest esteem. Halestorm produce high-quality rock of a kind that you will have trouble finding across the music industry these [...] Click to raid more!