Second to Sun – Legacy (2019) – Review

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The RMR deck crew always keeps an eye on that Extreme Metal radar. The one that displays news from the pit, where these records dwell. And these days the trve spirit is a tad difficult to get by. We do get our fair share of posers and wannabes, of course.

But often weeks fly by without any really rough metal on the menu. Which can be good, too, of course. There’s much more to this metal multiverse than only them total brutalities.

So, it is good news that the cold winds from the East started blowing. … [...] Click to raid more!

Bartłomiej Krysiuk’s Batushka and the missing live gigs!

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The RMR blog covered the on-going Batushka controversy pretty closely so far. For those who were out of the loop for a while, here’s a quick rundown.

At first, we had a stellar Black Metal album – Litourgyia – that took the genre by storm. It led to a pretty fulminant success of a previously unknown band from Poland.

As is often the case, success (and money) rose to people’s heads, so all those loving bonds were canceled and a truly nasty divorce initiated. Quite unsurprisingly, this ended up in court, with a final decision still out there somewhere. In … [...] Click to raid more!

Batushka: Hospodi or Panihida? A controversy made in Black Metal Hell!

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What a sad pickle.

At the very end of 2015, RockmusicRaider covered this unknown band called Batushka. A new star on the Black Metal horizon serving us Litourgyia on a platter of mightily sepulchral orthodox chanting.

Apparently from Poland, but very secretive at first, they unloaded their unholy wares on the unsuspecting metal crowd. With an unprecedented success to boot. Specialists and critics gushed over the record as if there was no tomorrow. Finally, a band emerged that could slake that blinding thirst for some real Black Metal in a dry desert populated by posers and wannabe satanists.

Truly, … [...] Click to raid more!

Totengeflüster – The Faceless Divine (2019) – Review

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Who works most in a band?

That’s right, the drummer. Especially metal drummers have a tough time keeping track of those often convoluted melodies. This leads to episodes like the misadventure of one Jukka Nevalainen, formerly of Nightwish. The man who lost all of his sleep over his mighty boom bins.

But worst off are the stick wielders of Black and Extreme Metal bands. That’s where folks often try to kill their bandmates with complicated drum patterns. It is of course also true that he or she work sitting down. But – boy – their … [...] Click to raid more!