River of Souls – Usurper (2020) – Review

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Some records that cross our review pipeline just give us a hard time. It’s metal alright, but boy, often they’re those hard-horse pieces with a flow like a block of concrete.

But then you got those visceral ones. Those that talk to your metallic instincts right away. Like a search radar locking on to your target. Snap, bang – and you’re hooked so bad, you can’t stop this disk from killing your turntable.

Well, River of Souls‘ sophomore album Usurper is one of them. Not a full-power lockdown thing. But right from the opening volley, … [...] Click to raid more!

Black Trillium – The Fatal Shore (2020) – Review

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Sometimes they just turn up out of nowhere. Unknown bands, with a compelling tune and a chip on their shoulder. Metal that just rushes onto your detection radar like a UFO on steroids. On top of that, they’re often the epitome of the underground, being locally known at best, or not at all at worst.

Then, maybe they emerge from a neck of the woods that may not be all that known for Extreme Metal. We’re all kinda tuned into Scandinavia for that kind of thing. Yet here we find ourselves with the Australians of Black [...] Click to raid more!

The Black Dahlia Murder – Verminous (2020) – Review

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Alright. This is one of these days where this confinement thing demands some real metal. Down, dirty, and speedy it needs to be. So, back down into RMR’s vast music collection we reached to find that perfect record for the cause. And the winner is Verminous from The Black Dahlia Murder.

The record really boasts all of the above attributes. It also sounds insanely like Dani Filth on a rampage. Now, before you cry foul, let me tell ya that Cradle of Filth navigates way outside of Black Metal for a long time already.

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Dawn of Ouroboros – The Art of Morphology (2020) – Review

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The RMR deck crew fancies bands gallivanting across styles and genres. Those with little regard to the proverbial little boxes the purists like so much. Because they are the ones that bring that fresh wind into stale soundscapes that often border on the morose.

The appetites for charting new courses vary of course. You get the politically correct ones that carefully navigate about their metal.

And then you get the carefree bands. Those that happily throw the compass overboard and just head out into that wide-open metal sea. Never mind cliffs, storms, and maneuvers.

And Dawn [...] Click to raid more!