Evermore – Court of the Tyrant King (2021 / 2022) – Review

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Is it a good idea to review a reissue of an older record and Power Metal to boot? Probably not. Many a metalhead will cringe in (often imaginary) pain and leave this ‘zine screaming. After all, the cheesy flavor of those power folks is no better than the horrific terrors of glam. Right?

Well, 2022 has yielded some pretty neat to truly excellent material in the PM arena. It’s not all gold and shiny diamonds, though. Some of that metal of the light didn’t quite sync with the unfathomable hardline opinions of the RMR review board.1) But for this … [...] Click to raid more!

And Now The Owls Are Smiling – Epitaph (2022) – Review

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I won’t hide it from you. The RMR crew had severe issues with some parts of atmospheric doom, blackened or not. Specifically with bands that wasted our time with useless shenanigans that add zero value to the overall offering. And these still get our mutual blood boiling all over again – even after all that time.1) So, we kept our ears out of that particularly odd corner of the extreme metal multiverse for a while. Because somehow, this ‘thing’ almost always collided with good metal craftsmanship so far.

So, should we poke this particular bear all over again? I … [...] Click to raid more!

Belphegor – The Devils (2022) – Review

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I thought long and hard if Belphegor should become part of our long list of Extreme metal bands on the ‘zine. After all, they sold their blackened souls for the better part of some 30 years of unholy service. And they kept true to their credo pretty much throughout their impressive career. “Gloriam Satanas”, anyone? And we had our share of trve black metallers on the RMR beat. So, where would all those doubts suddenly emerge from?

First, there is the age-old discussion about Belphegor and right-wing involvement. And I know, that argument is a bit hypocritical at best … [...] Click to raid more!

Instigate – Unheeded Warnings of Decay (2022) – Review

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Oh boy. Sometimes I’m glad that a band cheated, only delivered some 35 minutes of airtime, AND had the gall to call that a full-length album. This happens when the levels of metal intensity levels shoot straight through the roof. And we had attacks like that of bands with a serious speed problem in the past.

It’s for felt ages that the RMR crew tried to find more reasonably grinding Death Metal with an itch for outrageous tech and brutality. Instigate here pushed themselves to the forefront. But can they beat established Tech Death bands that made an appearance on … [...] Click to raid more!