Gehenna or Paradise? Illumenium’s pathway to fame.

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From time to time, the RMR crew stumbled across tall tales told about the Estonian band Illumenium. An outfit chiefly famous for hawking their wares aggressively on windy street corners and in malls all around Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. But less so for outstanding musicianship and top-notch performance.

Their sales strategy admittedly stems from a desire to beat that vile capitalist commercialization through big corporations. And, as the lore goes, they’ll continue with their business strategy, regardless of legality and from the underground if necessary. It’s all about that time-worn stereotype that promoters, managers, producers, and their minions are … [...] Click to raid more!

Evanescence – Evanescence (2011) – Review

Last updated on 27 March 2021

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Oh my! I am in mourning. Black clad, bound in leather, a painting of somber colors and polished silver.

What a total and sad downgrade from the heights of Fallen to this album, kind of unhappily named Evanescence. Only that the evanescence1) of this gig seems to have finally disappeared completely.

First signs for this to happen already appeared on their former record The Open Door. The record that suffered from a certain lack of direction and oomph in the lower parts of the tracklist. Yet, the latter contained a … [...] Click to raid more!

Steven Wilson, The Future Bites – and the loss of prog in metal!

Last updated on 26 February 2021

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At the beginning of 2020, the outlook was dire. The progosphere started to lack any snazzy voice or a powerful ‘dear leader’ to pull the Progressive Metal genre down the road. Leprous just jumped off a cliff to sugary-sweet Lalaland with some confused wailing all their own. And Steven Wilson – well – after a testy go-between prog rock thing a few years back, he was about to defect to the anodyne world synthpop occupies – and occupied for many years.

It was thus great that by the end of last year and the … [...] Click to raid more!

Mighty Oaks – All Things Go (2020) – Review

Last updated on 3 November 2020

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36 minutes of ecstasy after three years of wait, barely enough time to qualify as a full-length record. That is the listening pleasure that Mighty Oaks accord us in 2020.

Albeit that All Things Go boasts a tracklist of 11 short songs, which should be plenty to add a little flesh to the bones. But all of those are pointedly timed at some three minutes or so, something that a pretty mainstream punk rock band would strive for. Yet, this band here ain’t one of them.

You see, I had … [...] Click to raid more!