Echelon – Secret Power (2022) – Review

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The Trad and Heavy Metal wave is rolling again. The RMR crew discovered a few pretty cool bands – new and old – with the NWoBHM genes in their blood. That said, many of them reach far into the Power Metal realm. And that’s fine, boundaries are fluent and even the maidens sometimes have trouble deciding which side they want to be on.

So, already the album art of Echelon‘s debut record Secret Power positively screams Power Metal. Complete with strange towers, UFOs, and the Lord of the Ages or something at the controls of the world. All of … [...] Click to raid more!

Enragement – Atrocities (2022) – Review

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Ah, we are having a distinct Death Metal fest this year, methinks. Azaab just visited these pages with a novel concept not very long ago. Yet, it wasn’t quite brutal enough to make it onto the malevolent 2022 series.1) For that we don’t need avant-garde, we need Atrocities so bad that the covers of Cannibal Corpse will seem like a kids’ cartoon. Break out yer paintbrushes.


But first, a public service announcement. If you’re looking for the intricate beauty in Enragement‘s newest record, its connection to the mysterious forces of Gaia, or its contribution to peace and love, … [...] Click to raid more!

Saturnian Mist – Shamatanic (2021) – Review

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Sometimes the assault feels overwhelming. That’s when those Extreme Metal bands try to not only throw the kitchen sink at you but the whole friggin’ homestead. Suddenly, you got yourself a giant sonic Chinese Wall of Sound roaring mercilessly towards yer sorry ass. One that will threaten to swallow you whole. A noisy metal tsunami of sorts.

So, the only thing you really can do is take the proverbial elephant and cut it into pieces. That’s when the parts become edible and you’ll survive. Or you can just give up on them, which might not necessarily be a good option. … [...] Click to raid more!

Fragmentum – Masters of Perplexity (2021) – Review

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There are times when an album doesn’t click right away. So, upper echelon management at RMR lets it sit there in the review pipe for a while to see if – somehow – it matures. As in, improves with age. Or else, rots and worsens to the point of no return. It’s pretty much these two possibilities that are on the menu. For those who wonder, it didn’t improve. This ain’t no wine that somehow changes. So, let’s call it reviewer’s delusion for all it’s worth.

This so happened with the folks of Fragmentum and their sophomore album Masters of [...] Click to raid more!