And Now The Owls Are Smiling – Epitaph (2022) – Review

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I won’t hide it from you. The RMR crew had severe issues with some parts of atmospheric doom, blackened or not. Specifically with bands that wasted our time with useless shenanigans that add zero value to the overall offering. And these still get our mutual blood boiling all over again – even after all that time.1) So, we kept our ears out of that particularly odd corner of the extreme metal multiverse for a while. Because somehow, this ‘thing’ almost always collided with good metal craftsmanship so far.

So, should we poke this particular bear all over again? I … [...] Click to raid more!

Sidious – Blackest Insurrection (2022) – Review

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Right. This dire start into the malevolent year of the Dark Lord 2022 demands some vile and truly metallic response. The RMR crew’s mutual soul is pregnant with desire for the real thing. Deep, dark, blackened things to be precise, terrible things. Atrocities that whelped themselves in somber Scandinavian forests, summons to old daemons howled into the cold night and hardened in the hot fires of age-old churches. That is what we desire whilst the drums of war sing their terrible song to whatever dreary destination they may take us.

So, one of the sturdy pieces of that blackened series … [...] Click to raid more!

Wolfbastard – Hammer The Bastards (2022) – Review

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I am angry today. Very angry. A black rage roars through my innards with voices screaming for bloody revenge. But of course, we all know that nothing good will come out of anything physical. So, RMR himself dove deep into the review pipeline to find a slab of the darkest and most brutal metal that is spoiling for a fight in the acid dregs of the lowest layers of our stockpile of rusty steel. Because – believe it or not – harsh metal can be therapeutic and calm things down. The good Dr. Bastard on a roll, dressed in once-white … [...] Click to raid more!

A Shadow of What Once Was, by Wolvencrown!

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Yeah, I know. We shouldn’t go back in time and work on bands that already released their wares. But here we are with Wolvencrown. Their short blurb talks about A Shadow of What Once Was. Frightening shades that are – and I quote – “…swift of foot and sharp of tooth.” From a time when their lonely island in the North Sea was still covered in primeval forests and filled with strange beasts.

Yet, it’s not the lore and mystique that drew us, but this penchant towards old-style Scandinavian Black Metal. Burzum and Gorgoroth be damned, they just … [...] Click to raid more!