Saor – Origins (2022) – Review

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They’re like satellites that never connect to planet RMR. Bands that somehow float about our very own solar system, but more on an impossibly erratic course than the usual ellipse. It’s a bit like those comets that make no sense because nobody really understands what they do once they’re in intergalactic space.

And it is bands like Saor that buzz about our space but never quite reach the surface of our metallic abode. Our review pipe without Caledonian Metal. That’s not normal.

So finally, RMR Himself got ahold of Origins. Not because the music is so compelling, we couldn’t … [...] Click to raid more!

Archspire – Bleed the Future (2021) – Review

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No more Technical Death Metal this year. That was the iron-clad directive from RMR management some months ago. And indeed, the RMR ‘zine suffered its fair share of this often overly nerdy genre in these first 10 months or so of a very long 2021.

Those findings ranged from pseudo-Nippon bloatware with benefits to what one could avidly describe as some totally savvy cosmic crossover, we got it all.1) So, the RMR pathfinders weren’t exactly keen on torturing our ear canals with more distorted sounds of that ilk.

But why did we immediately latch on to the heir apparent … [...] Click to raid more!

Seth – La Morsure du Christ (2021) – Review

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I always wondered just how long it would take for some Black Metal outfit to turn the mother of all church burnings into a record. And no, this is not about the likes of Varg Vikernes1) who – between other atrocities – garnered some questionable fame by torching a number of spacious abodes of the nailed god.

Instead, it’s French Black Metal that – yet again – caught our attention. RMR here already covered that particular scene a number of times. Corpus Diavolis, Geisterfels, and a few others come to mind. All of them operating in that … [...] Click to raid more!

Carach Angren – Franckensteina Strataemontanus (2020) – Review

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“It’s alive!”

This battle cry in Necromancer of Carach Angren‘s newest album Franckensteina Strataemontanus1) just drives the essence of the piece home.

The record is full of such moments. Delicious little tidbits that underscore the great quality of (yet another) version of Frankenstein lore. And in truth, this is not a story that the RMR deck crew could leave by the wayside. Right?

On top, the record comes along in a deliciously obscured manner. With a slightly misspelled naming and a tale that greedily feeds on different storylines of the past. In other words, the band wisely concluded … [...] Click to raid more!