Amoth – The Hour of the Wolf (2022) – Review

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Amoth just embarked on a mission of the age-old hunter-killer, a clich√© that thrives on innocent victims. Dive into a world of toothy and sharp-clawed monsters in search of scarcely clad damsels to distress to no end. Pulp fiction on vinyl that comes with a full moon and a gazillion hues of purple. The taste of the ’80s beckons you with a tale of gore and damnation. A full bodysuit might be in order, though. Cheese and blood stains are difficult to remove from your nightgowns. Just sayin’.

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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 pirate metal, … [...] Click to raid more!

Thy Row – Unchained (2021) – Review

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It is a fact. The grizzled old warhorses from those good ol’ times when Hard Rock and Heavy Metal were in full swing are not getting younger. And sometimes I fear that there will not be enough decent young blood to keep the genres alive and well furnished with fresh material.

True, we had Iron Maiden this year with Senjutsu, and they’re still alive and kicking. Boy, we even had AC/DC who came back from the dead lately. But – to my point above – looking at these folks more fills me with foreboding than anything else.

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Mysterizer – The Holy War 1095 (2021) – Review

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Ah, Power Metal. Over time, the RMR deckhands developed some sort of affinity for the often overblown themes that the genre peddles for yer listening pleasure. Any fantasy will do in there, and that’s perfectly fine. And you get them all, from the sillybones, over the cheesecakes, to truly remarkable pieces.

Albeit that you need to be constantly on your guard to avoid slipping in those fondue puddles. Or you risk getting stuck in syrupy sugary sweetness that will make any stevia plant taste bitter. But that goes with the territory.

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