Paradise Lost – Obsidian (2020) – Review

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2020 turns out to be the year of doom in more ways than one. A year that feels more surreal than most.

But fear not.

It looks like many artists were clairvoyant and followed up with a literal deluge of well-crafted Doom Metal of all sorts. Steely, rock hard, and tearfully arranged sorrow and pain. For the avid metalhead to pass the year in comfort, weird as it may be.

And truly, a few very cool grief-laden surprises crossed our paths lately. Like Black Trillium or the late teary opus River of Souls just sent our … [...] Click to raid more!

Nightwish – HVMAN. :||: NATVRE. (2020) – Review

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Nightwish can proudly look back on a massive discography with an astonishing number of successes. All of their studio releases either ended up at Gold or Platinum levels. Or both combined. They were and – in a way – still are one of the leading bands in all things Symphonic Metal.

At least until recently.

Same as any long-standing outfit, Nightwish went through a few eras. But over the last decade or so they slowly drifted towards a more cinematic style. One filled with loads of epic bombast and plagued with somewhat of a cookie-cutter approach … [...] Click to raid more!

My Dying Bride – The Ghost of Orion (2020) – Review

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The RMR crew will always remember Feel The Misery of My Dying Bride to be the record that blew Paradise Lost out of the water. That was back in late 2015, when we thought we were all set. Ready to head into the making of the new top 10 list.

But nada, the miserables around Aaron Stainthorpe gave us their saddest piece yet and tore our plans asunder. But what is a little delay if it is for a good cause, right?

The last five years were not necessarily the happiest for the band. A number of lineup changes … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Monnalisa haunts Fleshgod Apocalypse!

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I am not surprised that Nuclear Blast finally sponsored Monnalisa to appear on moving pictures. After all, it is one of the most publicly palatable tracks on Fleshgod Apocalypse‘s Veleno. One for the masses, if you will. If that can be said about this record at all.

But by the holy metal cow, this video took me by storm. Flawless execution on display with a storyline that holds its water from beginning to end. A Victorian tableau of hinted gruesomeness.

Monnalisa paints itself in lively pictures that whisper of forbidden fruits and deliciously gory endings. Those that can … [...] Click to raid more!