Moonspell – Hermitage (2021) – Review

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Do you know what I like about Moonspell? They always deliver something new on every record. I often think back to the quietly aggressive desperation on Extinct or the delicious menace on Night Eternal.1) 1755 was a bit more touchy, yet the idea to do an album in Portuguese without clear vocals was quite a feat. Because, earthquake centuries ago, you know.

Insinuations and rumors have it that the band may not continue for much longer. And that’s not necessarily something I fancy to hear. Because this band’s dark and melancholy ways have very much become … [...] Click to raid more!

Therion – Leviathan (2021) – Review

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Therion has been bouncing about our metal detection radar for years. This is a band with an august discography spanning back to 1987. But somehow, their wares never really quite hit paydirt with the RMR deck crew.

Until their pretty impressive selection of covers finally stuck with us, that is. But this cover thing is more of a sideline than any serious endeavor in terms of a full-length album. And it works well for a band that has a penchant for refreshing other bands’ material, of course.

The crew here – indeed – gave the band a try with … [...] Click to raid more!

Cult of Lilith – Mara (2020) – Review

Last updated on 12 February 2021

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I don’t like tech death very much, I don’t like the mayhem it creates, and I don’t like the lack of coherence it usually engenders. Good dissonance is distinctly different and just screaming your way through a complicated mush of styles often leaves many of these bands on the road to perdition. A desolate place where only an imbibed few will utter the praise they crave.

Because their style – like it or not – will never hit those large fan crowds. And besides, just showing your wares as a tech master will … [...] Click to raid more!

Alestorm – Curse of the Crystal Coconut (2020) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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Aw, Njord have merci on my blackened cold metal soul. I just listened a few times to the Curse of the Crystal Coconut, Alestorm‘s latest bag of goodies. And now my head is spinning.

Well, our famous Scottish pirates are at it again, ever questing about the wide-open seas as swiftly as the fair winds allow. Albeit that a few signs of aging become all but too apparent throughout the record.

Now, Sunset on The Golden Age and No Grave but the Sea were true steam machines. They … [...] Click to raid more!