Noltem – Illusions in the Wake (2021) – Review

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Some of the RMR crew like to visit exhibitions. Nothing sleazy nor infested with demonic distortions or styles for nerds only. Just plain art displayed in more or less astonishing splendor.

And sometimes you stand in front of one of these paintings and you wonder why you like the piece. Nothing on the offering really talks to you at first. Yet, something kinda speaks to your inner self. It’s a communication of sorts that you cannot control, and you actually don’t want to. A pleasant discourse that takes place despite yourself.

The same happens sometimes with records. You … [...] Click to raid more!

Unleash the Archers – Abyss (2020) – Review

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Oops, it almost happened again. We just about overlooked Abyss, the latest album from Unleash the Archers. Already the pretty juicy Apex suffered some serious delay from the merciless hands of the RMR deck crew. Now this time we caught it, fortunately.

As you may know, we didn’t like it one iota once time stood still. Yet the aforementioned predecessor to this album gave us hope. The overblown theatrics and this multidimensional screaming ceased1), and in came some substance.

Of course, UtA is a Power Metal band and by this calling, they are prone … [...] Click to raid more!

Diabulus in Musica – Euphonic Entropy (2020) – Review

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Over their decade in existence, Diabulus in Musica carved out a pretty lofty place for themselves with the top players of the Symphonic Metal universe. Albeit always with a slightly overdone classical component. A fact that we bemoaned already in our reviews of The Wanderer and Argia.

But still, Zuberoa Aznarez‘ siren’s song and her impressive classically trained vocal powers really hooked us petty much every time. Her contribution, together with Gorka Elso‘s growls, really made for the perfect team.

For quite a while the duo created an almost flawless Beauty and the … [...] Click to raid more!

Lacuna Coil – Black Anima (2019) – Review

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Lacuna Coil like wordplays. Already their own band name is one, which translates to something like empty or blank coil. Now, their newest full-length album Black Anima (anima = soul in Italian) names stuff in the same vein. I kinda liked this idea already, together with this ominous album cover. All this goodness smacks of change. And change is what we need more of from this band.

Now, already their 2016 record Delirium seriously stole from our coveted stock of brownie points. This one had true promise and was written under duress so I understand, with a gazillion of band … [...] Click to raid more!