My Silent Wake – Damnum Per Saeculorum (2020) – Review

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RMR covered My Silent Wake before, in their incarnation as a Doom Death Metal band. Their very bare-bone yet rough and emotional style always made us listen up and home in for a closer look. Damnatio Memoriae and There Was Death come to mind.

But sometimes some of these bands have alter egos, yet another unplugged plane of existence. And this band is one of them.

True, 2020 is – so far – full of pretty excellent newly forged metal albums. And that kept us busy until the damp fogs of fall started to cover the moist landscape. It … [...] Click to raid more!

Arrayan Path – The Marble Gates of Apeiron (2020) – Review

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Surprise reigned supreme at the RMR office suite when we discovered all those pretty sturdy bands that roam the limited reaches of the island of Cyprus. Lots of Power Metal, Thrash, and some genuine Punk Rock already crossed our hawse over the years. And that’s pretty wild. All that makes me wanna go visit there and mingle with the metal crowd a bit. But – alas – I can’t these days.

Arrayan Path1) suffered our scrutiny for some time now. The band, led by the Leptos brothers, that churns out these spiffy refrains just fascinates us. And … [...] Click to raid more!

Surma – The Light Within (2020) – Review

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RMR just got hijacked by yet another unknown record. All leaves cancelled, and no refreshments until the review is live on the website.

You see, there is this guy from TÝR who – apparently – latched on to this young female Czech vocalist back in 20181). Yet another one with classical training, serious metal urges, and loads of promise.

So, they met and produced this band between themselves. Somewhat of a mix of Island Metal from the North, Dutch symphonics, and slightly Slavik accents.

Surma‘s The Light Within was indeed not really on the menu for … [...] Click to raid more!

Herbstschatten – Abschaum (2020) – Review

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Gaia good, humanity bad. So bad.

That’s how one could generalize the new record Abschaum (scum) of the German band Herbstschatten (autumn shadow). This seems to be a recurring theme often found in Germany and – indeed – further North, especially around Norway. Pun intended.

An expression of an apparent feeling of doom with more terrors still to come is pretty prevalent over there. With humanity being the scum that must be purged from the pristine swathes of earthy splendor. Or – at worst – everyone should start to live in huts in the forest all over again. … [...] Click to raid more!