Desolation Angels – King (2017/2018) – Review

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Did you know that travel back in time is possible? It is. And this despite all those snazzy theories to the contrary that them scientists like to throw at us measly earthlings. Don’t believe me? Well, forget about all those wildly spinning time machines and fire up your disc player.1) Then, feel that nostalgia and pop in the 2018 piece King from Desolation Angels, and – wham – you’re back in the late ’80s where NWoBHM reigned supreme.

But why now? After all, heard it all before, headbanged it, got a lot of t-shirts, right? Well, … [...] Click to raid more!

Vokonis – Odyssey (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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Okay, I confess. I am a sucker for great album covers. And Vokonis‘ new piece Odyssey just made me pick up that record by the sheer force of its art. A bird that is about to be swallowed by THE VORTEX1) with ethereal floating cities as companions? It’s as psychedelic as they come. And we loved every pixel of it.

Invitations to weirdo country with a soundscape on steroids full of spacey, psychedelic electronica. That’s what it suggests, right? Or is the vortex there to channel those annoying shouted vocals a … [...] Click to raid more!

Soothsayer – Echoes of the Earth (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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Why on earth did Heilung change names, move to Ireland, and chant ever more weirdly around the soundscape? But it’s not Heilung, they’re still firmly lodged in Norway. And their chanting didn’t deteriorate either.1)

It is the Irish band Soothsayer that – for some reason – decided to start their new piece Echoes of the Earth with some atrociously bad wailings on eternal repeat.2) Fringe probably exists solely to lull RMR into some sort of a transcendental state3) to accept more such bizarre garbage that will come later.

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Wheel – Preserved In Time (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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Boy, there’s some wheeler-dealer stuff going on. We just heard some proggy news about Wheel from Finland, which didn’t quite make it onto our review pipe yet.

But suddenly, we get those doomy vibes from Germany. And indeed, we got ourselves yet another Wheel on the menu. One with that distinct early Doom Metal flavor. And they ain’t even coming from the US. And that’s almost heresy these days.

Do you know why I kinda stopped looking at Khemmis and – for sure – Pallbearer? They’re great musicians, sure. But somehow, they … [...] Click to raid more!