Dismal – Via Entis (2023) – Review

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One of the major stepping stones to a great record is a pristine production. No friggin’ doubt about it. But methinks that a number of bands didn’t quite catch that one yet. And when this juicy little detail is overlooked, then lackluster things like this one and this one happen. And that’s often a pity. Because all the good ideas are usually right behind the curtain, only they won’t quite come out and shine.

And these records often feel like a confused circus hiding its very own performers. So, what’s it gonna be with the folks over at Dismal? … [...] Click to raid more!

Katatonia – Sky Void of Stars (2023) – Review

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It’s interesting, isn’t it? Many bands of renown never made it onto the famed RMR review pipe. One reason might be that we tend to favor the underground. Those vile creatures of the mucky metal Middle Earth, slithering around in the oily dark corners of our crusty pipeline. Just to be pulled out screaming into the light to sometimes spectacular effects.

In other words, the RMR Review Committee usually shuns the mainstream. And many of those big outfits kinda placed themselves in their most commercially viable channels. And there’s – after all – nothing wrong with this approach. Gotta buy … [...] Click to raid more!

Deathless Legacy – Mater Larvarum (2022) – Review

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Steva Deathless with her powerful and smoky pipes always make us return to that particular well called Deathless Legacy. The band’s an absolute beast on stage with pretty elaborate productions. But this quality of the band – unfortunately – doesn’t always translate correctly once sound only plays. A fact that we painfully discovered on their 2018 piece Rituals of Black Magic, apart from the last track on this record that turned out to be top-notch indeed.

Yet again, Saturnalia finally added some much-needed spice to their portfolio a bit later. And – in truth – this encouraged the … [...] Click to raid more!

Celestial Season – Mysterium II (2022) – Review

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Okay, Celestial Season announced it. Once Mysterium I released, the band promised more records to come in 2022 and 2023. And that may very well mean two records in one given year. So, sure enough, here they are with Mysterium II, a mere few months after their last marketing event in April of this year. The RMR crew may be damaged by experience, but it also tells us that releasing too much material in one year is dicey at best. Unless you have an abundance of creative energy and stamina to pull this off. After all, many of today’s … [...] Click to raid more!