Evermore – Court of the Tyrant King (2021 / 2022) – Review

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Is it a good idea to review a reissue of an older record and Power Metal to boot? Probably not. Many a metalhead will cringe in (often imaginary) pain and leave this ‘zine screaming. After all, the cheesy flavor of those power folks is no better than the horrific terrors of glam. Right?

Well, 2022 has yielded some pretty neat to truly excellent material in the PM arena. It’s not all gold and shiny diamonds, though. Some of that metal of the light didn’t quite sync with the unfathomable hardline opinions of the RMR review board.1) But for this … [...] Click to raid more!

Splintered Throne – The Greater Good of Man (2022) – Review

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The RMR crew has a weakness. It’s not going after everything ancient mariners did for once, old pirates included. But it’s definitely lusting after the good ol’ and long-lost world of traditional Heavy Metal. And come to think of it, both are actually connected in some way. This was a time when metal wasn’t splintered into a gazillion fiercely defended fiefdoms. But it just came as a monoblock, kind of the counterweight to the almighty Hard Rock thing. Metal souls easily served, right? This is what turned those music halls into sweaty cauldrons, believe it or not.

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StormbounD – December (2022) – Review

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Do you know what’s unfair? Any Israeli band with sympathies for the metal genres of the light on their flag will have the bar to success set at an impossible height.

Let’s face it, there’s real excellence in the Levant, a true hotspot for Gothic, Progressive, Melodic, and Symphonic Metal. And Israel fared extremely well in this realm so far. All a bit underrated still, but the European powerhouses of those genres got serious competition. And StormbounD here just threw themselves into the fray as an eager contender.

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Fellowship – The Saberlight Chronicles (2022) – Review

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The RMR crew found some solace in Power Metal over the last two years or so. A heretical thought, right? Not so anymore. The genre used to be the bane of the trve metalhead. Not something that one would easily touch upon without falling out with the tougher metal crowd. But the winds of change to better quality have been hard at work.

The RMR crew lately found records that actually improved over former concoctions in our swampy review pipe. And we detected pieces from Vandor, Ilium, or – again – Rage in My Eyes1) that got … [...] Click to raid more!