A Shadow of What Once Was, by Wolvencrown!

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Yeah, I know. We shouldn’t go back in time and work on bands that already released their wares. But here we are with Wolvencrown. Their short blurb talks about A Shadow of What Once Was. Frightening shades that are – and I quote – “…swift of foot and sharp of tooth.” From a time when their lonely island in the North Sea was still covered in primeval forests and filled with strange beasts.

Yet, it’s not the lore and mystique that drew us, but this penchant towards old-style Scandinavian Black Metal. Burzum and Gorgoroth be damned, they just … [...] Click to raid more!

Seth – La Morsure du Christ (2021) – Review

Last updated on 16 October 2021

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I always wondered just how long it would take for some Black Metal outfit to turn the mother of all church burnings into a record. And no, this is not about the likes of Varg Vikernes1) who – between other atrocities – garnered some questionable fame by torching a number of spacious abodes of the nailed god.

Instead, it’s French Black Metal that – yet again – caught our attention. RMR here already covered that particular scene a number of times. Corpus Diavolis, Geisterfels, and a few others come to mind. … [...] Click to raid more!

Elderblood – Achrony (2021) – Review

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We did it again. The RMR deck crew pulled a record out of the review pipe by the sheer force of the album cover. The dead body hanging from a cross positively screams blasphemy and brutality at the audience. And the photo that comes with an original size of 666 x 666 pixels coaxed yet another evil laughter out of our raw throats.

And truly so, Elderblood‘s Achrony does its first impression credit. After yet another useless intro, The Great Fire of Sacrifice leaves no doubt where this is could be leading. Down-in-the-pit, harsh, reasonably blasphemous Black … [...] Click to raid more!

Wormlight – Nightmother (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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Why is it that we always like to return to known values? Some of it is – I guess – the doubtful comfort of familiarity. Soundscapes that come with a set of rulez that were painted in hellish runes on blackened walls eons ago.

Visions of burning churches, sweaty halls filled with screaming fans that are egged on by hairy beasts with corpse paint on their faces. With rasped messages howled at them in often intelligible growls. All of that comes with that whiff of the unknown, hints of the underworld suddenly visible … [...] Click to raid more!