Wilderun – Epigone (2022) – Review

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If there’s one band out there that surprised us every time they issued a record, it’s Wilderun. At first, it is always that slightly nauseating feeling of indifference. Yet another metal record that gets sent way back into the review pipe, to wait for another chance. Only to find that after the fifth listen or so, the record will finally reveal some multi-layered goodness that will prove irresistible. A fil-rouge that’s very apparent in both Sleep1) and Veil2), both of which found highest praise in the end.

Now, Epigone here pushes this concept to … [...] Click to raid more!

Black Sites – Untrue (2021) – Review

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This is the review I almost didn’t write. Call it writer’s block, if you will. But it ain’t. It’s just that some records flow by effortlessly. Smooth metal that kinda roars something in the background whilst you do other chores. And it’s not that they’re bad or anything. They just – happen. And once you’re ready to pick up the pen, the record just finished.

This turns them into some sort of luxury background music. Not the stuff you hear at the grocery store, more the material they may play at yer local CD joint that somehow continues to exist … [...] Click to raid more!

Eldritch – EOS (2021) – Review

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Did you ever buy something without really looking at what’s in the box? Or else, you thought you knew what you got, but the holy unwrapping ceremony brought something slightly different to light?

Such a thing quite often is the reviewer’s fate. Relatively little time is attributed to scouting, there is so much material. And whilst first impressions are often uncannily correct, there are cases where a record reveals its true face later. Sometimes to the point that a promo will finally not get a review.

Eldritch‘s 12th full-length album EOS is one of these special … [...] Click to raid more!

Athemon – Athemon (2021) – Review

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Every once in a while, the RMR deckhands like to pluck a totally unknown band and their newest concoction out of the ether. Not that plowing the underground will saddle us with a gazillion of new followers, their marketing skills and/or market power are often conspicuously absent. But the fresh sounds and tunes, untainted by the evil mainstream, are often irresistible.

Now, Athemon‘s current crew Tom MacLean, Adriano Ribeiro, and their guesting drummer and percussionist Gledson Gonçalves seem to have been around the block a few times. MacLean – for instance – formed part of … [...] Click to raid more!