Stortregn – Singularity (2016) – Review

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It looks like the City of Calvin in Switzerland is a haven for Extreme Metal. I am sure that this would rub Mr. C the wrong way. But – alas – he’s gone for some time. And now there’s all that metal debauchery rampant in the streets of this lake-bound city with nobody to quell the surge.

Debauchery? Hell, no. If anything, you’ll find some serious guitar prowess around those dark corners. And Singularity will deliver its fair share, make no mistake. Stortregn really pulls that pedal to the metal right from the beginning. But more to that later.

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Stortregn – Emptiness Fills The Void (2018) – Review

Last updated on 10 March 2021

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Stortregn‘s 2016 record Singularity starts with this friggin’ solo. First one guitar, then the second chiming in. Very unusual for the genre they so avidly depict. But this … thing juicily draws you in, a magic metal pull. And down you go through the rabbit hole, where overheated amps shred a growling sound made for the true metalhead. Such stellar beginnings and the ensuing performance will be very difficult to beat on the next record. 

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Video: Zornheym portray The Opposed!

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Zornheym - The OpposedIt is not easy to secure the publication of a video around the RockmusicRaider office. But there are exceptions to the rule, as always. And one of those exceptions is the (kind of) new Swedish Symphonic Extreme Metal band Zornheym.

They created a somewhat gory and haunting video expression called The Opposed, telling a story of a possessed and violent inmate of a mental institution. This nicely follows their overall concept or storyline centering around the horrors of just such an establishment and its sorry occupants. 

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Darkend – The Canticle of Shadows (2016) – Review

Last updated on 21 April 2021

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Ah, the devil communicates in Italian. How very fitting. Black Metal moving closer to Rome, spiked fists and all. But then Darkend are speaking in tongues on The Canticle of Shadows – many tongues. 

Mixing English with Italian, French, and Latin into the fray. A real tower of Babylon, but what else would you expect from the devil? Right? 

Dissonance at every corner, monologues and a weird Lovecraft-esque type of nightmare Black Metal of the melodic kind. Some of that stuff is very reminiscent of the liturgical Batushka, keeping you unhinged like Myrkur or Saille at every [...] Click to raid more!