Bewitcher – Cursed Be Thy Kingdom – Review

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Oh boy. It looks like The Beast finally possessed a band and made them play some metal. In other words, Iron Maiden chanted it for a few decades and Bewitcher here got the bug. Big time. But we’ll never know, of course, if it is really The Daemon at work or only Eddie with a cosmic joke.

And already the band’s slogan that I found on one of their sites – “Heavy Metal at the speed of Satan” – got on my good side real fast. So, I admit, that play button got pushed somewhat gleefully. Because I didn’t … [...] Click to raid more!

Harakiri for the Sky – Maere (2021) – Review

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The time element is commonly used to move a storyline along. And often it is a ticking clock that serves this purpose well. Because music – by definition – moves along those ticks that transform it into some sort of mathematical equation.1) And that usually makes for a crisp and effective record overall.

The runtime of an album is another matter. Its length can easily turn into some sort of bloatware from hell. A gummy thing that is difficult to define because the term ‘too long’ is flexible. And it definitely is in the eyes of the beholder.… [...] Click to raid more!

Revenience – Daedalum (2016) – Review

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The wheel of the Devil. Ha! At last, I finally uncovered a means to invoke the Lightbringer, right?

But, nope. Meant by this is the Zoetrope, also called a Daedalum. A round device with slits that create the impression of moving images once actioned.

As the lore goes, the device saw the light of day in the 1800s. Patents by several crafty bastards followed quickly, all claiming glory for themselves. So, in essence, intellectual property disputes really are nothing new.

Now, the Italian band Revenenience named their debut album after the device. Early filmography in metal, that’s quite a novel … [...] Click to raid more!