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?

It’s quite some time that RMR did not cover some decent … [...] Click to raid more!

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!

Earthwomb – Becoming Immanence (2021) – Review

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RMR just enjoyed a modern-day Atmospheric Black Metal record. A brand of atmoblack without the smelly shrouds of the dreaded underground. Artfully filthy1), with soaring melodies, and a pint or two of sorrow. And, of course, all technically outstanding with nary a perfectly styled hair out of place.

Yet, there are times when a spiffy production isn’t what our dark souls crave. Instead, we yearn for that fearsome grime and grit. For evil incarnate in a tune that reaches us from the basement of the Dark Lord. Red hot blasts of madness that comfortably rumble across our stomachs, … [...] Click to raid more!