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.

Now, Finland’s Mysterizer caught our attention … [...] Click to raid more!

Avaland – Theater of Sorcery (2021) – Review

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Hells bells. Avaland‘s cover art for their new album Theater of Sorcery almost got the better of me. Because right away, I could not help but be harassed by a psychedelic vision of Avantasia’s Ghostlights.1) And this came about, because – their art indeed resembles what Tobias Hammet’s outfit presented some time ago. In an ominous and geeky kind of way.

But actually, the cover perfectly fits in with the ubiquitous Power Metal theme. But – more importantly – it goes well with Avaland‘s calling that they claim to be metal operas.

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Kanseil go unplugged on Cant Del Corlo!

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Since we stumbled across Boscars, the first video released for Kanseil‘s Cant del Corlo, our lookout kinda had his radar in full motion to capture the EP once it dropped. And this single already intrigued us with its quiet and quietly professional airs.

Kanseil already got coverage for two studio records Doin Earde and Fulische on RMR. Both – of course – are fully plugged and more in a Folk Metal environment than anything else. And whilst these pieces are technically well done, they often still sound like a somewhat propped-up and electronically charged version of a … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Kanseil release Boscars in full acoustic mode!

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RMR followed Kanseil for some time already. Known for their somewhat gnarly Folk Metal delivered in part in an ancient dialect and a lot of Italian, they did manage to secure full reviews for Doin Earde and Fulische already.

You see, our deck crew always has a lookout at the masthead to scout for such bands. The ones outside of the mainstream, which unerringly take to their own path. Stony as it may be. And this band got on our good side pretty quickly.

It is funny, though, how many of those Folk Metal outfits are – at their very … [...] Click to raid more!