Newsflash: Varmia sends us a Prolog!

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Well, by the broken bells of hell. Total darkness trickles down South from the Northern frozen landscape. RMR barely starts the year, and the Polish band Varmia hits us with their newest slightly pagan-esque EP Prolog. Time will tell if ’23 will again turn out to be a malevolent year like the last one. But this band launches us to a good start.

First and foremost, Prolog hits you with a strange mix of the lost dregs of (very) early Enslaved, Bathory on a sunny day, and the unhinged rage of early Myrkur. This goes together with a … [...] Click to raid more!

Vermilia – Ruska (2022) – Review

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The Pagan World of Metallics is vast. You get all sorts of street performers with scant knowledge of the good ol’ times when Gaia’s forces were – supposedly – in charge. Often they wear strange rags, holler incomprehensive screechy monologues, and stomp weirdly around the stage.

In their defense, there’s little scientific wisdom available to back things up. And even that is often clouded by the mists of time to boot. Modern-day sages just don’t have enough data to go by, even if considerable progress has been made over the last few years. So, much is open to sometimes wild … [...] 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.

Now, Aidus here is the complete … [...] Click to raid more!

Ereb Altor – Vargtimman (2022) – Review

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Ah, yes. The Hour of the Wolf, or more precisely, The Wolf’s Hour. Did Ereb Altor here decide to name their newest record after a ’68 horror film by Ingmar Bergman? Maybe so, or perhaps not. Well, whatever it may be, Vargtimman feels like a logical progression to its predecessor J√§rtecken.

The latter already sported material that was less focused on the age-old Bathory material. And it drifted more towards a somewhat atmospheric arena, away from the austere origins of the band.

Now here, the band’s new record is even more removed from its purported origins and now wedges … [...] Click to raid more!