Moonshade – As We Set The Skies Ablaze (2022) – Review

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We did it yet again. It was time to just go ahead, reach into the boggy depths of the RMR review pipe, and pull a random record out of the muck. This practice already netted us a score or so of exciting new pieces that – otherwise – would not have appeared here.

AND – drumroll – the lucky winner of the RMR Global Pipe Prize Of The Moment is Moonshade. A Portuguese Death Metal outfit from the beautiful port city of Oporto.

An insane fool’s errand or simply a winner of the RMR Metal Music Lottery? All bets … [...] Click to raid more!

Eluveitie – Slania (2008) – Review

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Slania, Slania! Voice of a distant past. Ode to Helvetian and Celtic times, when the tribes ruled. As far as they could until the Romans arrived and made a mess out of it.

Yet perhaps, this may be a tad too much glorification of a time historians hardly know about. When tribes (supposedly) ruled on the land today called Switzerland. A story about people long gone and dead. And we don’t even know if they ever existed in the way imagined. It only appears that the Romans did have a few difficulties conquering these people. And it appears that … [...] Click to raid more!

The Conjurer, by Insomnium. Winter melancholy!

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Nothing and nobody has been able to really copy that typical Insomnium style. Nor should anybody, right? This muted cathedral sound, spiked with discreet symphonic elements. All of this usually delivers on smoothly flowing, soaring guitars – three of them actually – and Niilo Sevänen‘s stately growls. Plus a few cleans, just for spice.

We were already quite impressed with Heart Like a Grave back in 2019, a somewhat more assertive piece than the former ones. And the question is, what comes next?

Well, their new video The Conjurer does. If anything, the band didn’t jettison any of their … [...] Click to raid more!

RMR’s 2019 Top 10 Records

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What a wealth of good records that came online in 2019. This year is – again – proof that the Folk, Metal, and Rock genres are still vibrant and very much alive. This is especially refreshing for rock and metal, where many an antagonist likes to declare the death of them – like every other day or so. But hey, the naysayers were proven wrong.

On the other hand, having lots of goodies to choose from makes our lives a tad more difficult, too. And that’s why we struggled with our choices this Top 10 much more than we ever … [...] Click to raid more!