Iron Kingdom – The Blood of Creation (2022) – Review

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Whoa, these guys will be up against some stiff competition. 2022 has been a pretty good year for Heavy Metal over at the RMR office tower. And as always, some of the material was excellent and some parts less so. That said, however, some of this year’s output wasn’t quite pvre heaviness anymore. In other words, contaminations from other genres crept in. Albeit sometimes to great effect, so it’s not all bad. But still, we seem to have trouble these days keeping to the spirit of the ’70s and ’80s, a time when the NWoBHM1) was in full … [...] Click to raid more!

Splintered Throne – The Greater Good of Man (2022) – Review

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The RMR crew has a weakness. It’s not going after everything ancient mariners did for once, old pirates included. But it’s definitely lusting after the good ol’ and long-lost world of traditional Heavy Metal. And come to think of it, both are actually connected in some way. This was a time when metal wasn’t splintered into a gazillion fiercely defended fiefdoms. But it just came as a monoblock, kind of the counterweight to the almighty Hard Rock thing. Metal souls easily served, right? This is what turned those music halls into sweaty cauldrons, believe it or not.

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Echelon – Secret Power (2022) – Review

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The Trad and Heavy Metal wave is rolling again. The RMR crew discovered a few pretty cool bands – new and old – with the NWoBHM genes in their blood. That said, many of them reach far into the Power Metal realm. And that’s fine, boundaries are fluent and even the maidens sometimes have trouble deciding which side they want to be on.

So, already the album art of Echelon‘s debut record Secret Power positively screams Power Metal. Complete with strange towers, UFOs, and the Lord of the Ages or something at the controls of the world. All of … [...] Click to raid more!

RMR’s 2021 Top 3 Videos and EPs!

RMR's Top 3 Videos & EPs 2021

It’s time for the second installment of the best videos and EPs awards on the RMR ‘zine. Our crew’s first attempt last year was a pretty snazzy success, so we’ll continue with that second major annual Top 3 list with a new installment. Now, whilst 2020 was a pretty fertile ground for shorter offerings, 2021 turned out to be a bit more frugal.

This was especially true for videos. Many of the clips we saw over those last 12 months were the typical band-in-action pieces. So, nothing to really write home about, they’re all kind of similar. Methinks that the … [...] Click to raid more!