Saturnian Mist – Shamatanic (2021) – Review

Last updated on 15 October 2021

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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 … [...] Click to raid more!

Fragmentum – Masters of Perplexity (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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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 … [...] Click to raid more!

Nirvana – Bleach (1989) – Review

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In a way, this is the review I never wanted to do. Bleach, Nirvana‘s starter kit, has no great allure and was never able to really convince me. Too bare bone in structure1), totally scratchy and with a somewhat unfinished varnish.

You see, Nirvana and me, we go way back and this anti-fanboy opinion of that first record is well-founded in all sorts of empirics. Or in other words, this has not always been a relationship of love and understanding. We can of course also find excuses why this album should exist … [...] Click to raid more!

Stygian Crown – Stygian Crown (2020) – Review

Last updated on 17 January 2021

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Aye. Proto-doom is yet again on the menu. And Pale Divine just set the pace with their kinda weirdly mystical piece – like it or not.

The RMR deck crew is quite pleased that we finally get some sturdier fare in all things doom metal. One that reaches back to the earlier facets of this hugely grown genre. It’s just about time that things move away from the Peaceville Three, back to the roots where this all came from.

True, we got excellent fare in the Doom Death Metal universe, but … [...] Click to raid more!