Caligula’s Horse – In Contact (2017) – Review

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The path to greatness (or the lack thereof) by any one band out there often1) feels like a journey. Sometimes it is a stairway to heaven, but – more often – a friggin’ rollercoaster to doom. The latter one is usually driven by often bizarre tenets that must be followed. Because the powers that be demand it, whoever that might be, by the way. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as the proverb goes.

Now, with this band, we don’t quite know where things are heading to. Caligula’s Horse released their fourth [...] Click to raid more!

Haken – The Mountain (2013) – Review

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If the mountain will not come to us, we must go to The Mountain.

Well, Haken just made us wait for a few weeks more until their newest record Virus will hit the shelves. So, why not give in to the temptation and write a few lines about their piece The Mountain of 2013. Something I wanted to do for a while.

The RMR deck crew always watches out for some good prog. A commodity that has become quite scarce of late, with a great many masters kinda hunting different grounds. Some of them weirdly … [...] Click to raid more!

Arbrynth – A Place of Buried Light (2020) – Review

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Wait, what? Forest Metal? We had that one already somewhere, right?

And indeed, the muddy ones from the German Black Forest – aka Finsterforst – already claimed that lofty genre. They called it Black Forest Metal. Close enough, I guess.

The slight similarities of the former’s offering with the Australian band Arbrynth‘s A Place of Buried Light made me chuckle a bit, though. Nothing to compare like for like in there, but both bands’ artistic fabric seems to be woven with a similar thread. Must truly be the trees and the Wilde Beasts.

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Red Cain – Kindred: Act I (2019 / 2020) – Review

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The RMR deck crew likes tunes that kind of fall off the mighty freight train of the vile mainstream. Stuff that we somehow cannot classify, or would otherwise ignore. These are the things that all of a sudden haunt this office suite and won’t let go.

Or then again, things that dwell somewhere in the twilight zone of the metal multiverse. Those bands whelping records that you know are good, but you are not quite sure why.

Mainly because their tune is so way off the beaten path that there’s a disconcerting confusion about where this [...] Click to raid more!