Patria – Hexerei (2022) – Review

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Would it be fair to say that the RMR crew likes its Black Metal as dark and ominous as the morning coffee? Indeed so. Or even blacker, if that can be had. Traditional, no-nonsense pieces usually find sustenance in the bosom of the RMR crew’s blackened souls. Those that stem from the harsh beginnings of a genre that was and often still is accused of devil worship and worse. And sometimes rightfully so.1) Yet, we’re not looking to find a copy/paste of Burzum or Bathory. It’s bands that spew their wares in a way to generate that sense of … [...] Click to raid more!

Cradle Of Filth – Dusk… and Her Embrace (1996) – Review

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There are records that you gotta be in the mood for. And all of Cradle of Filth‘s pieces kinda qualify for that sentiment. The level of crazy intensity, the ceaseless high-pitched screams, the endless gallivanting in between the world of gothic moodiness and speedy blackened Extreme Metal tend to wear out even the sturdiest of metalheads. But in turn, CoF would not be itself if that ferocity would suddenly evaporate and be replaced with something that – I don’t know – Amaranthe would do, for instance. What a blasphemous thought, though, right?

Now, the question comes to mind, when … [...] Click to raid more!

Iku-Turso – Into Dawnless Realms (2022) – Review

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Already the mystical castle-like shape on the cover art talked to us. Shrouded in terrible mists and surrounded by forests, it positively screams Black Metal. A true visual metaphor for all those extreme things metal has on offer for us. But will the record head down the path of synth-laden tracks plagued by the terrible drum machine? Or will it wander about the well-trodden routes of traditional atrocities? I guess we’re about to find out.

And as is the custom this year, the RMR crew is looking for new contenders for the Malevolent 2022 Series. And here we have a … [...] Click to raid more!

Sidus Atrum – Spiral of Life (2022) – Review

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RMR recently started a series. One that will bring us harsh metal, terrible metal, the tastiest alloys from the darkest recesses of this particular multiverse.1) Kind of aligned to the current signs of the times, but designed to turn the next Top 10 Records list into a somber and decidedly steely affair. A response to the malevolent year that 2022 already seems to morph into. Sidious went first with a totally blackened aggression that damaged our loudspeakers longer than it should have.

But this time, we will try a slightly different tack. Sidus Atrum‘s Spiral of Life truly … [...] Click to raid more!