Cradle of Filth – Existence is Futile (2021) – Review

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‘Thou shalt not hunt the dreaded mainstream‘. That’s one of our iron rules here over at the RMR office buildings. Well, to be truthful, you will find it mostly poured in lead than forged into cold, hard steel. Because sometimes, just sometimes, management here will make exceptions.

Because there are some Extreme Metal bands out there that we have taken a truly unholy liking to. And one of those is Cradle of Filth.

I am frankly unsure what drives us back to Dani Filth‘s often annoying screams that after a while sound like a caffeine … [...] Click to raid more!

Aexylium – The Fifth Season (2021) – Review

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Ah, here we have another outfit from Varese in Italy. It looks like this spot in the state of Lombardy hosts a wealth of metal bands. The styles seem to range from total extremes to the folksier realms of the metal multiverse. So, once good ol’ RMR heads South again, a stop will now definitely be in order to visit with people. So we can have it all, from the folk people to the devil’s lore.

Aexylium already appeared on these pages with their former full-length Tales from this Land. Now, whilst their earlier piece went blatantly … [...] Click to raid more!

The Sonic Overlords – Last Days of Babylon (2021) – Review

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“We need more dirt [in rock ‘n’ roll].” – That’s a quote attributed to Krokus‘ Chris Von Rohr, and it fully resonates with the RMR deckhands. The ‘zine indeed needs much more rock and a bit less metal1) to be honest. And we haven’t been too successful in toning this down some lately, given the avalanche of pretty excellent material that rolled our way.

The Sonic Overlords with Morgan Zocek at the helm hovered around the fringes of the mighty RMR soundscape for a while. And now they’re finally ready to unleash their debut album Last [...] Click to raid more!

Hex A.D. – Funeral Tango for Gods And Men (2021) – Review

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Rock needs to be dirty and hot, right? Absolutely, and then some. Gazillions of bands did a helluva lot of that back in the ’70s and early ’80s. You know, those riffs that sailed on an abundance of groove, fuzz, and a gluttony of wah-wah. All of that filled with laid-back notions of blues rock and psychedelic soundbites.

One could acquire that stuff on cassettes1) and vinyl that had that tendency to quickly disintegrate. And this added to this woozy scratchiness that most remember so well.

You see, the astro-tongue thing, the one with the electric garden, … [...] Click to raid more!