Aphonic Threnody – The Great Hatred (2020) – Review

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What marches majestically across this stony, desert-dry Doom Death Metal soundscape? A thing that loudly creeps about its darkened realm at almost funeral speed.

And as our inner eye watched it and listened to its drone, the RMR deck crew here waited for that good ol’ bell to toll. And indeed, we later heard its terrible voice emerging from those depths of distress and sadness.

Well, that’s the first and somewhat murky impression we had once Aphonic Threnody led off with their newest record The Great Hatred. All flags set to half-mast, and straight down those darkly ominous … [...] Click to raid more!

Cult of Lilith – Mara (2020) – Review

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I don’t like tech death very much, I don’t like the mayhem it creates, and I don’t like the lack of coherence it usually engenders. Good dissonance is distinctly different and just screaming your way through a complicated mush of styles often leaves many of these bands on the road to perdition. A desolate place where only an imbibed few will utter the praise they crave.

Because their style – like it or not – will never hit those large fan crowds. And besides, just showing your wares as a tech master will only soothe the souls of nerds, … [...] Click to raid more!

Pyrrhic prescribe their fans Vile Slumber!

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Technical Metal. This excuse to go wild on any lick, hook, and element you might think of. True, RockmusicRaider already covered a few pretty good Tech Death bands out there. But it remains a troubled and hectic approach to your metal. A tendency of haste and untamed arrangements that often are counterproductive, to say the least.

Now imagine you go ahead and heap anything blackened that seems to fit on top of all the death elements you can think of. Now that would be what? Technical Black Metal on deathly meth? Well, whatever.

Because the outcome will be something … [...] Click to raid more!

Mercyless – The Mother of All Plagues (2020) – Review

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I heard rumors. Rumors that former works of Mercyless somehow didn’t quite convince. Records yingyanging wildly about the quality spectrum, new styles that didn’t fit the mood of the fan crowd. C.O.L.D. of 1996 that really lost them a lot of followers. Boy, that’s a ton of baggage right there.

And Max Otero even said as much during this long-gone interview with Tough Riffs Magazine back in 2015. But let’s not dwell too much on the past, no good will come out of it and this is not the History Channel. And – also – because the present can … [...] Click to raid more!