Waldgeflüster – Dahoam (2021) – Review

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In the past, the RMR crew leaned way out of its comfort zone to cover pieces that should never even appear on this ‘zine. But we are glad this happened, even if pushing boundaries is always a pretty wild gamble. But sometimes you just need to widen the horizon a bit and see what happens.

A lot of that happened in one of the most reviled but – at the same time – most interesting genres of the smelly metal underbelly. Black Metal sports many unholy facets. From total satanic virulence, to church burners, over moderates and … [...] Click to raid more!

Aeons – Consequences (2021) – Review

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Do you remember the ‘I love you / I love you not’ game? You know, the one also played with an unsuspecting flower that thus brutally meets its unseemly demise. Remember that? Good.

Because sometimes we encounter records that do exactly that. At the outset already, and we haven’t even tortured the flower yet, there seems to be no love lost (so the flower can live). Yet, one full half-hour bleeds away and this thing still roars out of our loudspeakers. And we kinda scratch our heads and ask ourselves what we’re going to do with this record. … [...] Click to raid more!

Apostolica – Haeretica Ecclesia (2021) – Review

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By the ugly mug of the Lightbringer, we got ourselves yet another Ghost in waiting. Apostolica is a new band, out to rearrange the Power Metal landscape. But a cloudy mystique surrounds the members’ identities, as it’s their devout wish to stay incognito. Yet the label assured us that we will find – and I quote – “…some of the finest musicians of the international heavy metal scene.” Alright, then. We always like a band with a swagger.

However, the age-old marketing plot of ‘the man in the iron mask’ is indeed a tad time-worn. The … [...] Click to raid more!

Iron Maiden – Senjutsu (2021) – Review

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Some six years ago, Iron Maiden hit us with The Book of Souls. A 92-minute behemoth that – at first – we had some trouble wrapping our heads around. And in truth, the piece almost ended up in the oubliette somewhere. Yet, it nonetheless garnered an incredibly high score back then, which made modern RMR scratch his head in dismayed confusion.

So, before starting with this review, we gave the maidens’ last book a particularly long and hard look all over again. Sadly, the former stellar rating did not survive today’s standards and a severe downgrade had … [...] Click to raid more!