Gehenna or Paradise? Illumenium’s pathway to fame.

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From time to time, the RMR crew stumbled across tall tales told about the Estonian band Illumenium. An outfit chiefly famous for hawking their wares aggressively on windy street corners and in malls all around Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. But less so for outstanding musicianship and top-notch performance.

Their sales strategy admittedly stems from a desire to beat that vile capitalist commercialization through big corporations. And, as the lore goes, they’ll continue with their business strategy, regardless of legality and from the underground if necessary. It’s all about that time-worn stereotype that promoters, managers, producers, and their minions are … [...] Click to raid more!

Evanescence, from Nu Metal to – Pop? An editorial.

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Polarization. That’s what comes to mind when the RMR crew starts discussing Evanescence and their career. Some think that Amy Lee can do nothing wrong and everything she and her mates created so far is just dandy. Others, however, feel that the band sorely got on the wrong side of pop over the years. A (not so) happy conversation of groovy chatterboxes but no resolution on the corporate stance the mighty RMR office suite should take. Sounds like those modern and totally wretched politics, doesn’t it?1)

So, what’s it gonna be?

Early Evanescence, and then some.

Since its inception, … [...] Click to raid more!

Evanescence – The Bitter Truth (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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Times change, don’t they? The musical landscape and – indeed – the music industry were completely different some 20 years ago. Then the friggin’ bandits from the old Napster arrived, and everything took a tumble.

The same goes for Evanescence. They airdropped onto the Nu Metal1) scene as a Goth’s wet dream with Fallen in 2003. And this catapulted Amy Lee and her stellar voice to instant stardom. Then, she and her buddy separated, and The Open Door released without her copilot. And that’s where the first cracks already appeared in … [...] Click to raid more!