Totenheer – Die Schwarze Spinne (2020) – Review

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Will 2020 be the year of the storytellers?

We just covered Porta Nigra and their godly blackened airs early this year. Now, this time we came across Totenheer, literary specialists from Switzerland, it appears. But the theme they chose is one of those tales that I learned to appreciate over time.

Jeremias Gotthelf’s Die Schwarze Spinne (the black spider) practically lends itself for an Extreme Metal epic. Because it is a dark and evil story, seemingly written by the devil himself. One that ominously tells of a deal with Lucifer gone wrong. Complete with … [...] Click to raid more!

Porta Nigra – Schöpfungswut (2020) – Review

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Germany has a special place in my cold metallic heart as it comes to unique, strange and strangely extreme metal bands. Those that disregard guidelines and reject expectations.

And this is paradoxical in a way, because – well – these folks usually and by definition should follow ze rulez, as is their wont. Always. This is Germany after all.

Right?

Well, not for all of them, it seems. True, you’ll find excellent metal bands there that do toe that proverbial line. But that excludes this fair chunk of pretty funky renegade outfits there. Those who don’t … [...] Click to raid more!

Deadly Carnage reissue Decadenza – again!

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A girl roasting the mighty balls of the beast? That’s exactly the picture we found on the cover of the age-old EP Decadenza from the Italian Extreme Metal band Deadly Carnage. And it is just too cheeky a theme for us to let that one go. We could not resist but look into this piece.

And yes, I know we shouldn’t even write about an EP that is now on its gazillionth release. But here we go, the artwork made us look and the sound did quite convince us. Decadenza first released in 2008 and went through a number … [...] Click to raid more!