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.
For some reason, the long-standing extreme metallists of Septicflesh never made it onto the RMR ‘zine. To find the reason for that decidedly unhappy development is difficult to discern. Not underground enough with the smell of the mainstream all over them, communication issues, problems with the label1), the reasons can be legion. And we have no real answer.
But as is often the case, bands suddenly appear on our radar through some moving pictures. And this time, Hierophant – the band’s latest clip – got ahold of our limited attention span. Ripped straight from their upcoming record Modern … [...] Click to raid more!
Do 50 minutes of airtime seem excessive to you? The old hands at the RMR office tower still prefer those vinyl-imposed 40 minutes or so. But this is only because they’re ancient as metalheads go. Yet sometimes, we come across pieces that make 30 minutes seem like an eternity, they’re so intense. Usually, you’ll find those records in the tech-death realm with totally overheated vibes and a speed problem.
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!