Norse – Ascetic (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 October 2021

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I don’t know, is it the change of the season? Grey, cold, wet weather descends on a landscape that was vibrant and full of life earlier. Everything seems to be smothered in shades of grey to the point of depression. And this calls for a record that is equally bleak and grey, as RMR’s surroundings start to be. Something that talks to the howling soul inside, the one that seeks but doesn’t find that reprieve anymore, in a world of monochromatic colors.

Thus, Norse‘s new album Ascetic just felt like the … [...] Click to raid more!

Argesh – Excommunica (2021) – Review

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By the unholy minions of the Lightbringer. RMR’s race towards bigger and darker Extreme Metal records continues. Already our short write-up of best finds up to August 2021 yielded some juicy records.

An abundance of disquieting tunes that bask in yonder frightful halo emerging from the abode of the fiend. Stories that speak of the goat and terrible tales whispering about perverting the Bible. About the downfall of mankind and the imminent reign of the beast.

That kind of thing.

Well, Argesh and their debut Excommunica for sure rocked to the forefront of the review pipe with lightning … [...] Click to raid more!

2021 and The Extreme: Black, Death, and the Arcane!

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Some years have a darker more ominous feel to them. And 2021 surely exudes those waves of additional woe in more ways than one, and we’re not quite done with it yet. At least that is what these first few months up to August taught us. And in truth, our late prog and alt harvest already spoke to that. Great findings for sure from metal bands of the light, but sparse pickings nonetheless.

On the other hand, the picture is much different from the extreme folks in the metal multiverse. This year, an avalanche of distorted sounds of the arcane … [...] Click to raid more!

Agrypnie – Metamorphosis (2021) – Review

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We said it a few times already. The RMR deckhands fancy bands that step out of boundaries. Too many outfits just navigate inside the suffocating confines of arbitrarily set genres. And astonishingly, many a metal adept actually likes that.

There is no stepping out of the proverbial box into those dreary swamps of new metal that can swallow you whole in an instant. In their minds you can’t be a metalhead without wearing a ton of black t-shirts and sport a scraggly beard, if you’re male, that is. But I transgress, so let’s get back to this review.… [...] Click to raid more!