Heron – Time Immemorial (2020) – Review

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Sometimes things happen for a reason. And with Time Immemorial of Heron, the time just wasn’t ripe yet for a review. So, the record sat patiently in the back corner of the review pipe, as its name kinda implies. The ears of the RMR crew over here were probably a tad too strained with Extreme Metal and its screamy extravagances. You get that sensory overload at times and things won’t compute anymore.

But what can I say? Metalheads will be metalheads and we will return to this particular well until our necks are sore from headbanging. So, … [...] Click to raid more!

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!

Sorcerer – Lamenting of the Innocent (2020) – Review

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“In Nomine Dei Nostri Satanas Luciferi Excelsi”?

Not quite. But I was just looking at that superb album art with the demonic clergy on full display. So what do you want me to conclude?

But this is Sorcerer of course, and they do prefer to navigate in the lit soundscapes of the metal multiverse. The murky and smoky depths of the pit where their ritualistic brethren dwell are – not quite their thing, methinks. In this light, “Ave Voluptatis Carnis” might be more to the mark. In conjunction with the Malleus Maleficarum if you get … [...] Click to raid more!