Spiral, by Rage In My Eyes!

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Ha! Who ever said that Power Metal needs to be cheesy and sweetish? It doesn’t. And if you need proof, head over to the Brazilians of Rage In My Eyes. They’re peddling a refreshing version of the somewhat time-worn and Kiske-infested1) genre that many a metal fan has given up on.

Yet here, the band hit the RMR review pipe with Spiral, their newest EP. In actual fact, they’re playing a mix of Heavy Metal of the likes of Hibria or Thy Row and the Southern Power Metal brand that bands like Arrayan Path2) do (or … [...] Click to raid more!

Apostolica – Haeretica Ecclesia (2021) – Review

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By the ugly mug of the Lightbringer, we got ourselves yet another Ghost in waiting. Apostolica is a new band, out to rearrange the Power Metal landscape. But a cloudy mystique surrounds the members’ identities, as it’s their devout wish to stay incognito. Yet the label assured us that we will find – and I quote – “…some of the finest musicians of the international heavy metal scene.” Alright, then. We always like a band with a swagger.

However, the age-old marketing plot of ‘the man in the iron mask’ is indeed a tad time-worn. The … [...] Click to raid more!

Mysterizer – The Holy War 1095 (2021) – Review

Last updated on 18 September 2021

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Ah, Power Metal. Over time, the RMR deckhands developed some sort of affinity for the often overblown themes that the genre peddles for yer listening pleasure. Any fantasy will do in there, and that’s perfectly fine. And you get them all, from the sillybones, over the cheesecakes, to truly remarkable pieces.

Albeit that you need to be constantly on your guard to avoid slipping in those fondue puddles. Or you risk getting stuck in syrupy sugary sweetness that will make any stevia plant taste bitter. But that goes with … [...] Click to raid more!

Vandor – On A Moonlit Night (2021) – Review

Last updated on 1 September 2021

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The vast universe of Power Metal is populated by all sorts of strange folk. And sometimes I wonder why that is. Okay, I get their penchant for fantasy tales, but – boy – sometimes things move way too far into Lalaland. You get the unicorns in space, the beer guzzlers, them screamo dudettes on a mission1), or – again – the sweetish fondue makers.

And don’t get me wrong, all those performers are high-end professionals and they know the stuff they strut. Also, the RMR deckhands had a … [...] Click to raid more!