Iku-Turso – Into Dawnless Realms (2022) – Review

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Already the mystical castle-like shape on the cover art talked to us. Shrouded in terrible mists and surrounded by forests, it positively screams Black Metal. A true visual metaphor for all those extreme things metal has on offer for us. But will the record head down the path of synth-laden tracks plagued by the terrible drum machine? Or will it wander about the well-trodden routes of traditional atrocities? I guess we’re about to find out.

And as is the custom this year, the RMR crew is looking for new contenders for the Malevolent 2022 Series. And here we have a … [...] Click to raid more!

Vorga – Striving Toward Oblivion (2022) – Review

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Our ‘zine is on a Black Metal trip this week. French rituals just got the better of us earlier, and now the vast cosmos is beckoning the World o’ RMR. It’s time to fire up that star cruiser and hit warp speed quickly. Because Vorga here just sent a few distress messages. The space station is on and under fire, and the enemy numerous. So, ready yer guns and keep on Striving Toward Oblivion. You might not survive this strife, but valiant space troopers know no fear, right?

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Ereb Altor – Vargtimman (2022) – Review

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Ah, yes. The Hour of the Wolf, or more precisely, The Wolf’s Hour. Did Ereb Altor here decide to name their newest record after a ’68 horror film by Ingmar Bergman? Maybe so, or perhaps not. Well, whatever it may be, Vargtimman feels like a logical progression to its predecessor J√§rtecken.

The latter already sported material that was less focused on the age-old Bathory material. And it drifted more towards a somewhat atmospheric arena, away from the austere origins of the band.

Now here, the band’s new record is even more removed from its purported origins and now wedges … [...] Click to raid more!

Ethereal Shroud – Trisagion (2021) – Review

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Atmospheric Black Metal is indeed a popular genre. Ethereal raspings on a cosmic scale, surging towards you in an abundance of sounds and colors. Towering tsunami waves of riffs and monumental samples that will work overtime to create atmosphere. And those records often originate from the fantasy folks, to the earthy nerds, over to the rebels in the realm.

But unfortunately, the genre garnered so much notoriety that the posers and copycats started to crawl out of the scorched woodwork. So, there’s also a dark side. Many times, the offerings contain overloaded, even overwrought constructs that indeed freely feed on … [...] Click to raid more!