Nightwish – HVMAN. :||: NATVRE. (2020) – Review

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Nightwish can proudly look back on a massive discography with an astonishing number of successes. All of their studio releases either ended up at Gold or Platinum levels. Or both combined. They were and – in a way – still are one of the leading bands in all things Symphonic Metal.

At least until recently.

Same as any long-standing outfit, Nightwish went through a few eras. But over the last decade or so they slowly drifted towards a more cinematic style. One filled with loads of epic bombast and plagued with somewhat of a cookie-cutter approach … [...] Click to raid more!

Mighty Oaks – Dreamers (2017) – Review

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The crew populating the vast office spaces at the RMR Tower sometimes says the damnedest things. Like this promise we made a long time ago after the Howl review released. The statement was that we would be back shortly with this review that – today – finally gets a taste of our writing prowess.

So, here we are back with Mighty Oaks‘s sophomore full-length album Dreamers. And a long wait it was indeed.

But, you see, there’s a reason for everything.

The time the second record comes around is a turning point for any … [...] Click to raid more!

Porta Nigra – Schöpfungswut (2020) – Review

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Germany has a special place in my cold metallic heart as it comes to unique, strange and strangely extreme metal bands. Those that disregard guidelines and reject expectations.

And this is paradoxical in a way, because – well – these folks usually and by definition should follow ze rulez, as is their wont. Always. This is Germany after all.

Right?

Well, not for all of them, it seems. True, you’ll find excellent metal bands there that do toe that proverbial line. But that excludes this fair chunk of pretty funky renegade outfits there. Those who don’t … [...] Click to raid more!

Lindsay Schoolcraft – Martyr (2019) – Review

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The success of a band defines itself by the fan engagement it gets, on live events and any support medium currently available. It basically represents the sum of the actions of all its member musicians – and their hopefully outstanding contributions.

And many times you will find band members in these bands that seem to shine. And kinda stand out from the others, in the bright light the band and its brand disperses overall.

Then – suddenly – the shining ones decide to leave and tempt to go their own way. Either totally separate or as … [...] Click to raid more!