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!

Noltem – Illusions in the Wake (2021) – Review

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Some of the RMR crew like to visit exhibitions. Nothing sleazy nor infested with demonic distortions or styles for nerds only. Just plain art displayed in more or less astonishing splendor.

And sometimes you stand in front of one of these paintings and you wonder why you like the piece. Nothing on the offering really talks to you at first. Yet, something kinda speaks to your inner self. It’s a communication of sorts that you cannot control, and you actually don’t want to. A pleasant discourse that takes place despite yourself.

The same happens sometimes with records. You fire them … [...] Click to raid more!

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!