Murray? Who the hell is Murray?

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It’s no secret that Dio has a pretty sturdy following at RMR. Which netted this particular artist a few pretty long reviews already.

So, whenever our crew got to work on this band, we inevitably stumbled across this horned figure. This terrible being that waves those devil’s horns at you, same as Dio himself always did. But – by Loki’s miserable minions – nobody quite knew who or what Murray really was.

But let’s take a step back for a moment. Dio rose to fame in the ’80s, after some remarkable stints with outfits like Rainbow and – yes – … [...] 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!

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!

Traveler – Termination Shock (2020) – Review

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Ah, yes. Finally, I have that warm, cozy glow back in my chest. It kinda went cold with this confinement muckfest and all its implications for the music industry. So, what else can you do than hitting the turntable and search for that chunk of metal that’ll do your inner spirit good?

And why not reach back into the distant past when metal was easy, fast, and blazing hot. Back into the bosom of NWoBHM where superchargers like Cirith Ungol made that mighty impression. One that just revived itself lately, much to our delight. A … [...] Click to raid more!