Svederna – Härd (2020) – Review

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He that seeketh findeth“, right? We have our almighty TGIF1) day, today. And I was looking for some real sturdy Extreme Metal. A sharply pointed something to soothe my soul with. To fight fire with lava hot metal heat, that kind of thing. It burns pressure and depression off your back in one go, like one of those massages. But let’s not go there. This is a music blog.

Well, Sweden turned out to be the destination, and Svederna the target. A band that, in late August 2020, somewhat carelessly threw their newest Black Metal piece Härd onto … [...] Click to raid more!

Heron – Time Immemorial (2020) – Review

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Sometimes things happen for a reason. And with Time Immemorial of Heron, the time just wasn’t ripe yet for a review. So, the record sat patiently in the back corner of the review pipe, as its name kinda implies. The ears of the RMR crew over here were probably a tad too strained with Extreme Metal and its screamy extravagances. You get that sensory overload at times and things won’t compute anymore.

But what can I say? Metalheads will be metalheads and we will return to this particular well until our necks are sore from headbanging. So, … [...] Click to raid more!

Caligula’s Horse – Rise Radiant (2020) – Review

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It appears that a somewhat limited, yet pretty high-octane offering of prog will pass over the RMR review counter this year. And that’s a good thing. Even if we would have liked to see more, much more.

After the 2019 disappointment that Leprous produced, the deckhands on this RMR cruiser really look forward to some revival of Progressive Metal. Yet, Steven Wilson already telegraphed his urge to exploit the cheesily sweet pop soundscape worse than his current release To The Bone ever dared. And his next record will only show signs of life by January 2021, … [...] Click to raid more!

Sojourner – Premonitions (2020) – Review

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I got a kick out of this. To hear Chloe Bray wail away on The Monolith like some weird mixture of Amalie Bruun and an early version of Sharon den Adel just made my day. Only, the RMR deck crew somehow feared that she would also do the dirty and scream away like Myrkur in her early days.

But never fear, this is indeed Sojourner. So, no mad screaming on this record to ruin the mighty atmospheric impression in one go. If anything you get Azathoth’s mad piping, which perfectly fits their lay of the … [...] Click to raid more!