Elf Queen – Requiem (2022) – Review

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The RMR crew gets a ton of well-crafted records delivered to its virtual doorsteps. Excellent material that we need to sift through and make painful decisions about what to cover and what not. And sometimes they’re not the right choices. But what can you do, right?

Now, to complicate matters, in this day and age, you can start making music and market it to large audiences with virtually no equipment, skill, or outside assistance. And nobody’s here to vet the material or to – at least – try to correct the worst sins and instincts on stark display. But believe … [...] Click to raid more!

Whiskey Ritual – Kings (2022) – Review

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Let’s explore your punkish side for a change. Away from this vile metal thing that usurps yer senses to no end. You know, back to a fiery brand of rock that comes in short blurbs of hellish brutality. With lyrics that are yelled straight in your faces like one of those addle-brained drill instructors over in the US. And all of that wild clamor and brouhaha will make you call the Anger Management Hotline for assistance. But fear naught, this time it’s not true punk like this one or this one.

But first, a caveat. Whiskey Ritual‘s album … [...] Click to raid more!

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!