Carrion Vael – Abhorrent Obsessions (2022) – Review

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Can Technical Death Metal put a smile on your face? It depends, as always. And that means in practice, only when Melodic Death Metal gets its juicy cut as well. Otherwise, this whole chebang risks becoming that runaway car crash of metal technocrats’ wet dreams. A ton of roborative sleep or wild somnanbulant gyrations in the bedroom. Turn on the mic.


The unholy year of the Lord 2022 has been a pretty proliferating affair in all matters tech. But this year’s also part and parcel of a tendency that bleeds over from previous years already. RMR fondly remembers the speedomaniacs … [...] Click to raid more!

StormbounD – December (2022) – Review

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Do you know what’s unfair? Any Israeli band with sympathies for the metal genres of the light on their flag will have the bar to success set at an impossible height.

Let’s face it, there’s real excellence in the Levant, a true hotspot for Gothic, Progressive, Melodic, and Symphonic Metal. And Israel fared extremely well in this realm so far. All a bit underrated still, but the European powerhouses of those genres got serious competition. And StormbounD here just threw themselves into the fray as an eager contender.

Moving goalposts or just highest standards? Take a seat at the judges’ … [...] Click to raid more!

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!

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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