Ellende – Ellenbogengesellschaft (2022) – Review

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Behold. The RMR crew finds itself back with that vibrant pool of excellent metal bands found around Germany and Austria. And we – of course – already drank deeply from that dark well of vile Extreme Metal that seems to spring forth from the tortured souls in those lands.

Now, some of the most exciting specimens originate from the Black Forest and – specifically – in the area around Bavaria and the greater swathes of the Austrian heartland. So, it seems like those dark valleys, somber forests, wild streams, and often magic sights inspire the doomy, atmospheric folks most.

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Waldgeflüster – Dahoam (2021) – Review

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In the past, the RMR crew leaned way out of its comfort zone to cover pieces that should never even appear on this ‘zine. But we are glad this happened, even if pushing boundaries is always a pretty wild gamble. But sometimes you just need to widen the horizon a bit and see what happens.

A lot of that happened in one of the most reviled but – at the same time – most interesting genres of the smelly metal underbelly. Black Metal sports many unholy facets. From total satanic virulence, to church burners, over moderates and wannabes, to … [...] Click to raid more!

Agrypnie – Metamorphosis (2021) – Review

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We said it a few times already. The RMR deckhands fancy bands that step out of boundaries. Too many outfits just navigate inside the suffocating confines of arbitrarily set genres. And astonishingly, many a metal adept actually likes that.

There is no stepping out of the proverbial box into those dreary swamps of new metal that can swallow you whole in an instant. In their minds you can’t be a metalhead without wearing a ton of black t-shirts and sport a scraggly beard, if you’re male, that is. But I transgress, so let’s get back to this review.

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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.

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