Herbstschatten – Abschaum (2020) – Review

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Gaia good, humanity bad. So bad.

That’s how one could generalize the new record Abschaum (scum) of the German band Herbstschatten (autumn shadow). This seems to be a recurring theme often found in Germany and – indeed – further North, especially around Norway. Pun intended.

An expression of an apparent feeling of doom with more terrors still to come is pretty prevalent over there. With humanity being the scum that must be purged from the pristine swathes of earthy splendor. Or – at worst – everyone should start to live in huts in the forest all over again. … [...] Click to raid more!

Svederna – Härd (2020) – Review

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He that seeketh findeth“, right? We have our almighty TGIF1) day, today. And I was looking for some real sturdy Extreme Metal. A sharply pointed something to soothe my soul with. To fight fire with lava hot metal heat, that kind of thing. It burns pressure and depression off your back in one go, like one of those massages. But let’s not go there. This is a music blog.

Well, Sweden turned out to be the destination, and Svederna the target. A band that, in late August 2020, somewhat carelessly threw their newest Black Metal piece Härd onto … [...] Click to raid more!

Aleynmord – The Blinding Light (2020) – Review

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The exception proves the rule, right? You see, we have this doctrine over here. The one that said that thou shalt cover no instrumental record. Lest you pollute RMR’s belief that good rock’n’roll and metal must contain lyrics. But will a record with scarce wording and even stranger howling fall under that very same denomination?

Well, with Aleynmord‘s debut album The Blinding Light one could argue that the weird screams actually are lyrics. Which they ain’t until one of those rare moments arrive that could qualify as a lyrical performance. Or maybe there’s more of this, only that … [...] Click to raid more!

Raskol, Batushka’s newest race to Black Metal glory!

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Ah yes, Batushka. The never-ending saga of a deal gone sour. Two former partners that peck at each other like angry cocks. And that, from one of the most promising Black Metal outfits.

Now, some time ago, the crew over here decided to cover both parties. And I’m afraid that the 2019 record Hospodi did not necessarily get great grades in the process. Aggressive it was, true. But the band around Bartłomiej Krysiuk presented a tune so generic it was neither here nor there.

Now, barely one year after that specific bone of contention, we get … [...] Click to raid more!