2020 – A disappointment for Symphonic Metal?

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Once the end of 2019 approached, an interesting scenario around Symphonic Metal emerged. Three biggies in the genre – Nightwish, Diabulus in Musica, and Delain – all announced a release of their newest and – hopefully – best ever concoction.

A stellar prospect that stirred up quite some excitement around the RMR deck crew over here. We started to have fever dreams of new grandeur, of a knock-out punch that would catapult this once great genre to new beginnings and old glories revisited.

Maybe it was a bout of insane positive thinking, because – somehow – Within Temptation[...] Click to raid more!

Nightwish – HVMAN. :||: NATVRE. (2020) – Review

Last updated on 30 December 2020

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Nightwish can proudly look back on a massive discography with an astonishing number of successes. All of their studio releases either ended up at Gold or Platinum levels. Or both combined. They were and – in a way – still are one of the leading bands in all things Symphonic Metal.

At least until recently.

Same as any long-standing outfit, Nightwish went through a few eras. But over the last decade or so they slowly drifted towards a more cinematic style. One filled with loads of epic bombast and plagued … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Nightwish just released Noise!

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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Dark and ominous is the glimpse Nightwish grant us into their upcoming new record HVMAN. :||: NATVRE. Noise offers a nightmarish view of a world straight out of an Orwellian universe, a cut eerily similar to The Matrix and its dark story.

As is custom for clips out of Nuclear Blast’s kitchen, the execution is top-notch and worthy of its theme. And I did fancy the pretty cool artistic contributions of some of the band members.

As to the tune, I enjoyed the Power Metal prevalent on that track with Floor Jansen trying … [...] Click to raid more!