Argesh – Excommunica (2021) – Review

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By the unholy minions of the Lightbringer. RMR’s race towards bigger and darker Extreme Metal records continues. Already our short write-up of best finds up to August 2021 yielded some juicy records.

An abundance of disquieting tunes that bask in yonder frightful halo emerging from the abode of the fiend. Stories that speak of the goat and terrible tales whispering about perverting the Bible. About the downfall of mankind and the imminent reign of the beast.

That kind of thing.

Well, Argesh and their debut Excommunica for sure rocked to the forefront of the review pipe with lightning … [...] Click to raid more!

Inno – The Rain Under (2020) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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Our relationship with Gothic and Dark Metal has often been stop and go over the last years. True, Lenore S. Fingers won pretty high praises. Yet, other bands (somewhat) in line with Inno‘s The Rain Under, like the forgettable diatribe of Lindsay Schoolcraft, really made not much of a dent into the RMR deck crew’s cold metal hearts.

And it is often the tediously uniform singing style that rubs us the wrong way. As if someone took a fucking diary and reads from it. And, I daresay, Inno is also … [...] Click to raid more!

Death of a Dryad – Hameln (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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Sometimes you encounter records that just stop you dead in your tracks. A jumble of sounds that somehow interacts with your blackened metal soul just hit ye. And spooked, you turn around to check who’s knocking. But nobody’s there.

That’s the somewhat haunting atmosphere Death of a Dryad‘s newest record Hameln immediately generates. With the powerful legend of the Pied Piper as your guide, courtesy of Robert Browning.

You know, the infamous tale of this multi-colored dude who marched all of them rats out of town in 1284 and sent them … [...] Click to raid more!

Moonspell – Hermitage (2021) – Review

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Do you know what I like about Moonspell? They always deliver something new on every record. I often think back to the quietly aggressive desperation on Extinct or the delicious menace on Night Eternal.1) 1755 was a bit more touchy, yet the idea to do an album in Portuguese without clear vocals was quite a feat. Because, earthquake centuries ago, you know.

Insinuations and rumors have it that the band may not continue for much longer. And that’s not necessarily something I fancy to hear. Because this band’s dark and melancholy ways have very much become … [...] Click to raid more!