River of Souls – Usurper (2020) – Review

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Some records that cross our review pipeline just give us a hard time. It’s metal alright, but boy, often they’re those hard-horse pieces with a flow like a block of concrete.

But then you got those visceral ones. Those that talk to your metallic instincts right away. Like a search radar locking on to your target. Snap, bang – and you’re hooked so bad, you can’t stop this disk from killing your turntable.

Well, River of Souls‘ sophomore album Usurper is one of them. Not a full-power lockdown thing. But right from the opening volley, … [...] Click to raid more!

Black Trillium – The Fatal Shore (2020) – Review

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Sometimes they just turn up out of nowhere. Unknown bands, with a compelling tune and a chip on their shoulder. Metal that just rushes onto your detection radar like a UFO on steroids. On top of that, they’re often the epitome of the underground, being locally known at best, or not at all at worst.

Then, maybe they emerge from a neck of the woods that may not be all that known for Extreme Metal. We’re all kinda tuned into Scandinavia for that kind of thing. Yet here we find ourselves with the Australians of Black [...] Click to raid more!

Myrkur – Folkesange (2020) – Review

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Myrkur, the outfit that messed up the comfortable, tremolo-laden life of many a Black Metal addict over the last years. A band led by a female better known in the pop multiverse. And without any metallic credentials to her credit.

Amalie Bruun truly followed her very own instinct to the fiery metal pit. Her metal persona features a mix between ethereal folksy parts and disturbing metal screams on a bed of tremolo. Just go ahead and twirl M, you’ll understand what I mean. Then follow up with the somewhat unhinged Mareridt. A piece … [...] Click to raid more!

Uriah Heep – The Magician’s Birthday (1972) – Review

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Ah, it’s time for another one, ain’t it? A long time has passed since our last Heep review. And what better times than these difficult ones to write a new piece on one of the most underrated rock bands of all time.

And – of course – what immediately comes to mind is the year 1972. That is when the breakthrough record Demons and Wizards hit the shelves with a vengeance. And – more importantly – when Uriah Heep boasted one of their strongest lineups ever. David Byron, Ken Hensley, Mick Box, Lee Kerslake, and Gary Thain formed … [...] Click to raid more!