Myrkur – Mareridt (2017) – Review

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Amalie Bruun and her alma mater Myrkur are on the loose again. I can already hear the haters’ black tongues wagging away at her metal credentials. “Pop girlie gone Black Metal has no reason to exist…” – and so on and so forth.

Nonetheless, she does exist and gains maturity, as her endeavor soars along these icy, black and dreary landscapes.

She started off with a first self-titled EP that already sent some mighty shock waves all about the metal planet. M – the debut full length album – raised expectations for future offerings big time. And it is against [...] Click to raid more!

Dodecahedron – Kwintessens (2017) – Review

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Something creates dark, foreboding atmospheres. Cold, empty spaces filled with noisy dissonance to chill your soul with frozen hydrogen.

And no doubt you need this type of a wall of sound if a record takes off with something called The Culling of the Unwanted from the Earth.1) Equally, if the main actor goes by the name of ‘The Entity’.

Dark and grey, a landscape of bleak winds that howl hauntingly through the low-lying mists. The mists that just about hide the sharp-toothed monsters within. Well, hells bells, that’s quite a piece of work, now ain’t it? In truth, … [...] Click to raid more!

Todtgelichter – Rooms (2016) – Review

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“Wenn du gestorben bist, bist du allein!”

Wow!

Harsh Teutonic sounds pouring out of my earphones from the rainy, water-logged flats of Hamburg in good old Northern Germany. And you will find a few more soundbites of the same ilk on this disc.

Rooms is like the possessed evil twin of the usually somewhat genteel Progressive Metal genre talking to you. The one that has gone down the Black Metal road, and then got second thoughts.

And it is not easy fare, pretty hard on your system and eardrums too. Like a progressive mixture of a darker Myrkur and their [...] Click to raid more!

Leprous – The Congregation (2015) – Review

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Boy, this is Scandinavian month @ RMR – for sure. And with some more Progressive Metal to boot. 

This time we are going deep down into the cold Northern fjords. The Norwegian Progressive Rock and Metal band Leprous have been on a roll over these past years. They churned out album after album rating highly with fans on the metal Richter scale.

Their fourth studio album The Congregation serves us with a real tough cookie indeed. The whole concoction is – in style, not content – not unlike the Zierler début and – in part – somewhat reminiscent of Guilt [...] Click to raid more!