Winter’s Verge – The Ballad of James Tig (2020) – Review

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Sometimes these metal-coated ears of the RMR deck crew need a reprieve. A more melodic approach to things will be in order. And if there is some cheese to go with that, then so be it. It will be like some sort of a gooey bandaid, a bit sticky but part of the soundscape.

So, we were glad that Winter’s Verge just sailed by with their new concept album The Ballad of James Tig.

Usually, any band name that starts with Winter tends to emerge from the reaches of the upper North. But here, these folks hail from … [...] Click to raid more!

Pyrrhic prescribe their fans Vile Slumber!

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Technical Metal. This excuse to go wild on any lick, hook, and element you might think of. True, RockmusicRaider already covered a few pretty good Tech Death bands out there. But it remains a troubled and hectic approach to your metal. A tendency of haste and untamed arrangements that often are counterproductive, to say the least.

Now imagine you go ahead and heap anything blackened that seems to fit on top of all the death elements you can think of. Now that would be what? Technical Black Metal on deathly meth? Well, whatever.

Because the outcome will be something … [...] Click to raid more!

Noumena – Anima (2020) – Review

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I still remember the enraged and menacing bear-like creature on Myrrys‘ front cover. It exudes this mystical and inhuman furor, as it should. And by doing so, the beast really gives you a hint of the type of metal heading your way.

And truly, Noumena, right off the bat, surged forward with those oddly comfortable growls on a rock-solid and totally cohesive piece of Melodic Death Metal. This whole record oozed that sense of purpose, a march forward to some sort of a final goal.

So, with cozy anticipation, we set our sights on Anima, … [...] Click to raid more!

Cloudflare, speed – and the canvas thing!

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I sometimes like to think back to those awesome sailing ships. You know, these 1st Rates1) that majestically traversed the oceans at snail pace. State of the Art technology back in their day and death to many forests in Europe.

They all had one inherent vice, though. The whole navy was at the whim of the winds as its sole means of locomotion. And when the wind blew lustily, crews sometimes set way too much sail.

If that happens, the ship becomes over-pressed or over-canvassed.

In other words, the power of the wind presses the bow down into the … [...] Click to raid more!