Winter’s Verge – The Ballad of James Tig (2020) – Review

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Sometimes these metal-coated ears of the RMR deck crew need a reprieve. A more melodic approach to things will be in order. And if there is some cheese to go with that, then so be it. It will be like some sort of a gooey bandaid, a bit sticky but part of the soundscape.

So, we were glad that Winter’s Verge just sailed by with their new concept album The Ballad of James Tig.

Usually, any band name that starts with Winter tends to emerge from the reaches of the upper North. But here, these folks hail from … [...] Click to raid more!

Midgard – Tales of Kreia (2020) – Review

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Some bands truly like that balancing act – and most are good at it, too. That gallivanting about those gazillions of metal flavors to concoct something of their own making. They don’t necessarily invent anything new, but those records often hit you with a rock-solid metal avalanche.

Records of substance that provide that metallic manna any metalhead craves. The real thing, not watery remnants of a thing called metal long ago.

Often you find those pieces with bands featuring some fantasy theme that can range from Tolkien’s brave warriors to unicorns in space. And they’re fun to listen … [...] Click to raid more!

Tanagra wins trademark dispute!

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Aye, sometimes the good ones win and the bad guy needs to take a hike into the murky yonder. Like in the Good ‘ol Far West. Or – in this case – logic and common sense prevail.

And that’s a good thing.

For those who are not aware of the case, The US Power Metal band Tanagra found themselves in a pretty severe trademark dispute with the Kudelski Group in Switzerland. Between other things, the company sells audio equipment under the moniker Nagra. Kudelski took exception to the inherent similarity of the band name and filed a dispute. If … [...] Click to raid more!

Ensiferum – Thalassic (2020) – Review

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Whenever I fired up Two Paths, Ensiferum‘s 2017 offering, my mind literally switched off after the third track. All about this album had this moldy taste of a run-of-the-mill, cheesily bombastic and epically challenged junk piece. Filled with stuff we already heard before, and which grew on ye after a few beers too many. Only to find out that this thing pretty much felt like the hangover you just experienced the next morning.

So, in a sense, Ensiferum became that universal bad example whenever the RMR deck crew needed one. Something filled with so … [...] Click to raid more!