Stygian Crown – Stygian Crown (2020) – Review

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Aye. Proto-doom is yet again on the menu. And Pale Divine just set the pace with their kinda weirdly mystical piece – like it or not.

The RMR deck crew is quite pleased that we finally get some sturdier fare in all things doom metal. One that reaches back to the earlier facets of this hugely grown genre. It’s just about time that things move away from the Peaceville Three, back to the roots where this all came from.

True, we got excellent fare in the Doom Death Metal universe, but real clear voice doom of the olden days is … [...] Click to raid more!

Pale Divine – Consequence of Time (2020) – Review

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Why does Pale Divine make me think of moonshine whiskey and the Appalachian mountains? Of rough, down-n-dirty bars somewhere on a lonely highway in a godforsaken valley. A place where the bearded ones dwell and downturned music plays on an old jukebox, fueled on a few dimes apiece. Only here we’re looking for that live gig on a tired wooden stage that has seen its best day already.

Well, I guess, because this is a band that plays their music like the lay of the land that surrounds them. This fuzzy, stoner-esque Doom Metal that really … [...] Click to raid more!

Fer de Lance release Colossus!

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You’ve got those rare metal pieces that just talk to you. Those that project this visceral connection to your metallic inner self if you get my drift. And this is the way it should be. Metal that docks onto your brain receptors like there’s no tomorrow. Whoever needs vitamins, when you can have all sorts of metal, right?

The debut EP Colossus of Fer de Lance is one of those. A truly epic mix of Heavy, Doom and – yes – some pretty slow-motion, crazily tilted Power Metal that took the RMR office suite by storm.

True, the band is … [...] Click to raid more!

Hammer King – Poseidon Will Carry Us Home (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Hammer King - Poseidon Will Carry Us Home - ReviewThis is a weird, déjà-vu kind of a record. A tribute piece of sorts to a genre, if you will. Places we already visited long ago, and then left again. Sweaty music halls filled with Heavy Metal beats, mixed with thrash, power and stuff. But that was – wait – in the ’80s, like.

The tremendous kicks we got out of those concerts were just sublime. Right up front by the stage where the sound disappears. But then, back at that time sound levels were such that you were deaf and dazed for about three days after each concert. These [...] Click to raid more!