Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy (2010) – Review

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It’s true. The RMR deck crew has a weakness for the sinister and the deep frightening darkness. The brutal and ritualistic metal soundscapes that Rock never touches. A sweet spot for the underground at large and for bands that show a ton of character.

In other words, the mainstream hunters, hustlers, copycats, and other chart-hungry, swampy creatures of the light1) almost run no chance to appear on this blog.

Nevermore, however, directly emerges from those murky depths of the juiciest records the somber subsurface of the metal industry could muster. So, we couldn’t resist taking another … [...] Click to raid more!

Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime (1988) – Review

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At first, we got confused with Operation: Mindcrime of Queensrÿche. How come a record sounds so ’80s when the label says that it is made in 2003?

Okay, our bad, the researcher somehow did not connect the dots correctly. This was when the remaster happened. But the original record indeed dates back to 1988. So, all’s well in metal universe again.

Yet confusion does suit this band well. It snugly goes together with the hullabaloo around Geoff Tate in 2012, a time when the band fired him along with his wife and others of family … [...] Click to raid more!

Intermittent Digest – Tome VIII

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It is again time to halt our march towards the lands of rock and metal. To summarize what happened over the last few months. And at first we thought that the selection of material for Tome VIII of the Intermittent Digest was kind of meager.

But not so.

To the contrary, we have material galore and it is high time to follow up on the Tome VII edition and to describe what got under the deck crew’s skin at the world-famous RockmusicRaider office suite. As always, Tome VIII is not a top ten, but a slice [...] Click to raid more!

Nevermore – This Godless Endeavor (2005) – Review

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Here’s to an album that was described to me as the epitome of metal wizardry. The cream of the cream of all things you can expect from anything metal. The steel-clad mountain any metalhead must vanquish before they can claim to be adepts of trve metal. Well, there you go. That’s a standard to die for.

Or is it, now?

And let me tell you some truth to go with that. I am not a die-hard fan of thrash metal. Much of it goes along with mindless screaming and jerking about the stage. Never mind the lyrics or [...] Click to raid more!