Gojira – Magma (2016) – Review

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RMR just covered the 2021 Gojira edition, and – in truth – we felt a bit underwhelmed by one of the most overhyped records of this year. And yes, we know that a friggin’ gazillion of fans paid that band money to fuel life and projects. But this crew here likes to be that lone screamer from the proverbial mountaintop, whilst all others follow da master like them famed lemmings of bygone times.

But unimpressed as we were, the piece gave us an appetite for moar of those Frenchmens’ fare. And the logical choice fell on Magma[...] Click to raid more!

Ashbringer – Yügen (2016) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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First, add a part of Wilderun. Then take a measure of Caladan Brood, mix in a trifle of Summoning. Next, forget about the drum machine of the latter two and replace their ever-present synthesizer with a real band.

Not that the sophomore album Yügen from Ashbringer is devoid of synthesized elements, far from it. But compared to the high-powered art of blackened electronica of some Black Metal acts, this is music made by real people – if you get my drift. The fact that the band members are mostly still in … [...] Click to raid more!

NordWitch – Mørk Profeti (2016) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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To stand out from this vast Extreme Metal populace is hard. Real hard. I usually find an endless procession of coequal black-clad outfits of all flavors on my promo list. Some are a bit clownish, others real ritual seekers. As in invoking a daemon, that kind of thing.

All of them try to sell the same bland ol’ soup all over again. Jockeying for position in a genre that somehow lost a lot of its luster over time. And then there are those bands that can just give you this trifle added spice.

NordWitch is one of them. Back in January … [...] Click to raid more!

Blunderbuss crunch out Resurrection!

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Who said that Nu-Metal was dead outside Limp fucking Bizkit and Korn? Well, the genre is kind of a holdall. Boy, even Evanescence was accused to be nu, just because there was some pseudo rap in their first piece. You know, the one with the Moody man still in charge. So, I guess that many metallists got fed up and used other genres to describe things better. Like Gothic Metal for the aforementioned band.

Yet, I reckon that these people never heard of Blunderbuss and their 2016 piece Resurrection. Even if this outfit sports a style that is bemoaned by many to be all bad, playing towards the somewhat … [...] Click to raid more!