Wilderun – Veil of Imagination (2019) – Review

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Our review pipe failed to pick up Wilderun‘s last epic Sleep at the Edge of the World in time to make it onto the 2015 Top 10 list. And this sucked big time, given the undeniable qualities of this beautiful piece.

But things moved to the bright side this time. Veil of Imagination just made it onto the blog, which – I guess – is good news. But this new record does nonetheless have mightily big shoes to fill.

It’s predecessor displayed a distinct sense of mastery difficult to beat in a sophomore album. With … [...] Click to raid more!

Gone in April – Shards of Light (2019) – Review

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Will the metal fan crowd still find Gothic Metal bands out there worth their salt? A difficult proposition at best. Because we have heard and seen it all.

Or have we?

And – more importantly – there is no such thing as typical Gothic Metal. The genre more describes a trend and serves as a recipient for a hodgepodge of different styles and variations. Much like other genres.

For example Pagan Metal, which is always driven by historical beliefs that go beyond the lore of the nailed god. And one that – for sure – … [...] Click to raid more!

Black Passage – The Veil (2019) – Review

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Never, ever cease to look for those mutineers. For those bands that step outside the proverbial boundaries that somehow appeared. Invisible borders, not necessarily decreed by law, but more often by elitist popularism.

Driven by few to imprint their beliefs onto the masses that oftentimes gladly submit to the yoke of unified thought control and overcooked political correctness. A very Orwellian world, but one that we do see emerging more and more these days.

In music, ‘specialists’ will categorize everything that sounds into genres. And it seems that more is better and less truly sucks. Funny … [...] Click to raid more!