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!

Cirith Ungol – Forever Black (2020) – Review

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Black Sabbath are often claimed to be ground zero for all things metal and rock. The poor chaps appear to be guilty of every style and direction the metal multiverse meandered through. How on earth this might be possible, I frankly can’t fathom.

But hey, it’s always easy to state that particularly well-known band with the flamboyant Ozzy as their figurehead. They truly are – or were – dinosaurs, products of that primeval sound chaos from which today’s rock and metal emerged.

Yet, whilst they surely had an influence on metal, they are not the lone … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Of Pit and Snare, by River of Souls

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The Dutch band River of Souls crossed our hawse way back with their pretty corny debut The Well of Urd. And a doomily powerful concoction it was, served on a foundation of the old gods’ shenanigans. One that wore out one or two of our turntables, by the way.

Now they’re back in the preparation loop for their upcoming new record called Usurper, due out mid-May. We just got ahold of their teaser Of Pit and Snare, their newest clip and it promises many metallic delights.

Now, this is harsh fare. The clip … [...] Click to raid more!

Grim Ravine – It’s a long way down, To Where You Are (2020) – Review

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Do you like diving? I do. Or at least, I did. Because Corona killed all the joys of life for the moment. Boy, you can’t even get no beer of that name no more. They just shut the factory down in Mexico, which is a bummer.

But when diving was still en vogue not so long ago, I did enjoy that peace and quiet down there in those blue waters. Corals, colorful fish – and the occasional dread when a shark eyes you too closely.

But the farther you go down, the murkier things become. Darkness prevails, and soon you … [...] Click to raid more!