Queensrÿche – Condition Hüman (2015) – Review

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Ever since I did the review on the excellent Operation: Mindcrime, I was itching to go ahead and continue reviewing Queensrÿche. They sport a rich heritage of some 40 years of service in rock and metal. Another bunch of seasoned veterans that truly made a mark on the metal scene. Only they were present all over this life-long timespan, unlike others that recently emerged again.

A true career of a rock band, filled with successes, failures (in the eyes of some), and its share of pretty sturdy drama. Just think about the bitter divorce from Geoff Tate[...] Click to raid more!

Paradise Lost – Obsidian (2020) – Review

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2020 turns out to be the year of doom in more ways than one. A year that feels more surreal than most.

But fear not.

It looks like many artists were clairvoyant and followed up with a literal deluge of well-crafted Doom Metal of all sorts. Steely, rock hard, and tearfully arranged sorrow and pain. For the avid metalhead to pass the year in comfort, weird as it may be.

And truly, a few very cool grief-laden surprises crossed our paths lately. Like Black Trillium or the late teary opus River of Souls just sent our … [...] Click to raid more!

The Black Dahlia Murder – Verminous (2020) – Review

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Alright. This is one of these days where this confinement thing demands some real metal. Down, dirty, and speedy it needs to be. So, back down into RMR’s vast music collection we reached to find that perfect record for the cause. And the winner is Verminous from The Black Dahlia Murder.

The record really boasts all of the above attributes. It also sounds insanely like Dani Filth on a rampage. Now, before you cry foul, let me tell ya that Cradle of Filth navigates way outside of Black Metal for a long time already.

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KHÔRA – Timaeus (2020) – Review

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Okay, pop adepts and garden variety metalheads, get out whilst you still can! This is not your territory. Everybody else come in and enjoy.

This is the dreadful realm of Extreme Metal, the disturbed haunts of dissonance. Dreary and ice-cold lands that bands like Dodecahedron – Plato’s fifth solid – so avidly occupy.

But this time it’s more planets and weird alien beings, methinks, judging by the bizarre and colorful album cover on display. Khôra‘s debut full-length Timaeus steps right into those deranged soundscapes that are often abused by noisy terrors devoid of sense.

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