Belphegor – The Devils (2022) – Review

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I thought long and hard if Belphegor should become part of our long list of Extreme metal bands on the ‘zine. After all, they sold their blackened souls for the better part of some 30 years of unholy service. And they kept true to their credo pretty much throughout their impressive career. “Gloriam Satanas”, anyone? And we had our share of trve black metallers on the RMR beat. So, where would all those doubts suddenly emerge from?

First, there is the age-old discussion about Belphegor and right-wing involvement. And I know, that argument is a bit hypocritical at best … [...] Click to raid more!

Septicflesh – Modern Primitive (2022) – Review

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I said it before when we covered their ominous clip Hierophant a few months earlier. For some undefined reason, the old metal warriors of Septicflesh never quite made it onto the RMR review pipe. It’s not that their brand is bad Extreme Metal. It’s just inexplicable, and perhaps it’s also the awful stench of the mainstream that held the RMR reviewers back. Also, in today’s world of metallic abundance, one has the tendency to take freely from the bottomless underground. And – sometimes – we forget that even established bands still produce decent metal, too. And that’s a fact.

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Amorphis – Halo (2022) – Review

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Amorphis have been a staple at the RMR ‘zine since its inception. And I admit, in the beginning, we did not quite appreciate the quality enough that this band brings to the table. Under The Red Cloud was a hard sell at first, even if it finally made it into our good graces, and it stayed there ever since. The sturdier and well-fashioned Queen of Time added nicely to the relatively meager pickings on our blog for 2018. And indeed, this record morphed yet again into one of the staples over here, and rightly so.

Now, does that mean that … [...] Click to raid more!

Dordeduh – Har (2021) – Review

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I confess. The RMR deck crew never heard of Dordeduh until we discovered Har. And at first, it was just the somewhat bizarre band name that struck me. But then, we have seen worse in this weird metal multiverse. Much worse.

And once I fired up the piece, I also understood that this was not in a language that I speak1) but some Eastern dialect. As in Eastern Europe – or Central Europe in modern speak.

And sure enough, I finally figured that it is Romanian, and that’s interesting. Because their lands positively gorge with dark tales and … [...] Click to raid more!