Fallujah – Empyrean (2022) – Review

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Household names and the vile mainstream. Bands that are seemingly known by everybody beyond their (un)usually vast fan multiverse. And – at times – it appears that they’re everywhere. Even if only a minor percentage of the music-producing masses will qualify.

Now, the metal world is a tad more restrained, but you got them as well. And the Bay Area folks of Fallujah are one of them. At least in Extreme Metal circles, they are. And even if you never listened to any one of their concoctions, you surely heard their name mentioned over and over again.

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Belphegor – The Devils (2022) – Review

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I thought long and hard if Belphegor should become part of our long list of Extreme metal bands on the ‘zine. After all, they sold their blackened souls for the better part of some 30 years of unholy service. And they kept true to their credo pretty much throughout their impressive career. “Gloriam Satanas”, anyone? And we had our share of trve black metallers on the RMR beat. So, where would all those doubts suddenly emerge from?

First, there is the age-old discussion about Belphegor and right-wing involvement. And I know, that argument is a bit hypocritical at best … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Aidus, a Brush with the Arcane, by Eluveitie!

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After Ategnatos hit in 2019, the RMR crew here deplored the increasingly commercial posture Eluveitie took. And after that, a long time of much nada followed that full-length album.1) If you ignore the occasional appearance of da master in somewhat strange productions, that is.

Now, much to my surprise, we saw Chrigel Glanzmann and his gang cooperate on Faun’s piece Gwydion2) not that long ago. And that action added much-needed spice to an increasingly listless production of the German folk artists. But I digress, this would be fodder for another review.

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Septicflesh – Modern Primitive (2022) – Review

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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.

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