Fragmentum – Masters of Perplexity (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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There are times when an album doesn’t click right away. So, upper echelon management at RMR lets it sit there in the review pipe for a while to see if – somehow – it matures. As in, improves with age. Or else, rots and worsens to the point of no return. It’s pretty much these two possibilities that are on the menu. For those who wonder, it didn’t improve. This ain’t no wine that somehow changes. So, let’s call it reviewer’s delusion for all it’s worth.

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The Conjurer, by Insomnium. Winter melancholy!

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Nothing and nobody has been able to really copy that typical Insomnium style. Nor should anybody, right? This muted cathedral sound, spiked with discreet symphonic elements. All of this usually delivers on smoothly flowing, soaring guitars – three of them actually – and Niilo Sevänen‘s stately growls. Plus a few cleans, just for spice.

We were already quite impressed with Heart Like a Grave back in 2019, a somewhat more assertive piece than the former ones. And the question is, what comes next?

Well, their new video The Conjurer does. If anything, the band didn’t jettison any of their … [...] Click to raid more!

Cult of Lilith – Mara (2020) – Review

Last updated on 12 February 2021

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I don’t like tech death very much, I don’t like the mayhem it creates, and I don’t like the lack of coherence it usually engenders. Good dissonance is distinctly different and just screaming your way through a complicated mush of styles often leaves many of these bands on the road to perdition. A desolate place where only an imbibed few will utter the praise they crave.

Because their style – like it or not – will never hit those large fan crowds. And besides, just showing your wares as a tech master will … [...] Click to raid more!