Misteyes – Creeping Time (2016) – Review

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Well, gosh. RMR speaks to the seriously defunct. Our deckhands sometimes love to reach back into our vast collection of albums and pull out a record that didn’t make it onto the review pipe. And often, those old pieces belong – or belonged – to bands that gave up the ghost in the meantime. That’s quite sad because many of those outfits showed insane promise. But for some reason, this bunch of reviewers here didn’t pick up on it when there was still time.

So, Creeping Time from Misteyes somehow magically appeared out of the Void of Unkown Review Matter… [...] Click to raid more!

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 of 2016. … [...] Click to raid more!

Ashbringer – Yügen (2016) – Review

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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 their late teens is just another … [...] Click to raid more!

NordWitch – Mørk Profeti (2016) – Review

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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 of 2016, the band already got on the … [...] Click to raid more!