Red Cain – Kindred: Act II (2020) – Review

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For a while, I was very worried. These bad quality sound tidbits of Red Cain‘s Kindred: Act II that I had the displeasure to find throughout 2020 sounded so Amaranthe, I almost hit a depression worse than Covid. I mean, I love the talented Elize Ryd, but the stuff this particular band struts often sounds like a hangover grown stale.

So, I was ready to sacrifice everything to the mighty Cthulhu1) only to avoid that yet another talented band would start to surf the sickeningly sweet wave of the Pop Metal mainstream. Because – you see – … [...] Click to raid more!

Sagenland – Oale Groond (2021) – Review

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Finally. Here is to a band that embarks on a journey back to the roots of darkness. Black Metal in its ’90s Scandinavian robe. A time when the genre was a serious and often seriously dangerous affair, with church burners and real psychos that bounced all over the soundscape. Burzum, early Ulver, Bathory, and others come to mind. So, what better time than a stormy winter’s day to really get going with this record.

These days, Extreme Metal bands with a taste for all sorts of elements from the large pool of overused blackened undercurrents often deploy sumptuously lush … [...] Click to raid more!

Marko Hietala leaves Nightwish!

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May we live in interesting times, right? The bad – or strange – news never stops, and we’re in for more in 2021.

Nightwish‘s Marko Hietala has decided to quit the band with immediate effect and to – in his words – “…leave public life.” It appears that during the terrible last year, he had second thoughts about his life as a musician and the music industry as a whole. Which – wisely – led him to take a time-out and leave one of the greatest Symphonic Metal bands of all time. And that is a pity.

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Need – Norchestrion: a song for the end (2021) – Review

Last updated on 21 January 2021

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In 2020 we bemoaned the fact that there weren’t enough prog outfits to come forward. That good players in this embattled genre had become a dying breed with folks like Steve Wilson opting for the pop highway.1)

Only to find that Haken made it to the top spot of our annual top 10 contest2). In other words, suddenly we had a choice where there was none at first. And a pretty difficult one at that, with Scardust following more or less directly on their heels.

Now, it looks like the … [...] Click to raid more!