Dawn of Ouroboros – The Art of Morphology (2020) – Review

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The RMR deck crew fancies bands gallivanting across styles and genres. Those with little regard to the proverbial little boxes the purists like so much. Because they are the ones that bring that fresh wind into stale soundscapes that often border on the morose.

The appetites for charting new courses vary of course. You get the politically correct ones that carefully navigate about their metal.

And then you get the carefree bands. Those that happily throw the compass overboard and just head out into that wide-open metal sea. Never mind cliffs, storms, and maneuvers.

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Wardaemonic – Acts of Repentance (2020) – Review

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It’s good that some bands don’t really give a damn. They can’t be bothered about perception, sales values, returns on investment and all those other things of lesser importance. Or a decent presence on social networks, SEO, and the infamous marketing thing.

In Black Metal, these folks are trve kvlt. Those that much rather live down in that fiery pit, blow their drums to smithereens with their blast beats, and worry their guitars and vocal cords until things overheat. Delicious dissonance on a platter of lava-hot, fucking Extreme Metal. Brutal odes to the beginnings of Black … [...] Click to raid more!

Kvaen – The Funeral Pyre (2020) – Review

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I always thought that Stortregn boasted about the sturdiest metal offering on this blog. Not the blackest, nor the evilest, mind you. But it would qualify as sturdy, no-nonsense Extreme Metal. The take-no-prisoner kind.

The one that comes with some quality oomph, not only noisy dissonance. From one of those bands that are capable to squeeze that steely metal out of the proverbial ore.

Well, Stortregn just saw their throne lobbed out of the window. Gone, into the ditch outside the castle walls.

Because – I guess – we never had the pleasure to meet Kvaen[...] Click to raid more!

Darkend – Spiritual Resonance (2019) – Review

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I knew it. We will need to return to last year’s offerings. Because, lo and behold, Darkend‘s latest record Spiritual Resonance hereafter, somewhere fell by the wayside. And disappeared into the blackened yonder of RMR’s vast archives.

Their last record The Canticle of Shadows already garnered a pretty sturdy following on RMR, and – finally – appeared on three of our listings. First, the 2016 Top 10, the 10 Most Popular Posts and – lastly – on the Intermittent Digest IV. A feat not many bands mastered so far, ever.

This pretty stellar … [...] Click to raid more!