Corte di Lunas – Tales from the Brave Lands (2020) – Review

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The RMR deck crew lately came across a score of pretty promising folk bands. All kinda trying to escape the supremacy of outfits that often brandish their Medieval and Pagan Folk like an oversized, sophisticated weapon.

Last year, we enjoyed the Swiss band Kyn and their pretty juicy medieval offering. Those that got – contrary to management’s instructions – a full review on an EP. And that’s proof of quality right there. Or – again – Shadygrove got some attention with a poppier brand of that folk thing back in 2018.

Then, we hear that Kanseil[...] Click to raid more!

Arbrynth – A Place of Buried Light (2020) – Review

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Wait, what? Forest Metal? We had that one already somewhere, right?

And indeed, the muddy ones from the German Black Forest – aka Finsterforst – already claimed that lofty genre. They called it Black Forest Metal. Close enough, I guess.

The slight similarities of the former’s offering with the Australian band Arbrynth‘s A Place of Buried Light made me chuckle a bit, though. Nothing to compare like for like in there, but both bands’ artistic fabric seems to be woven with a similar thread. Must truly be the trees and the Wilde Beasts.

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Totenheer – Die Schwarze Spinne (2020) – Review

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Will 2020 be the year of the storytellers?

We just covered Porta Nigra and their godly blackened airs early this year. Now, this time we came across Totenheer, literary specialists from Switzerland, it appears. But the theme they chose is one of those tales that I learned to appreciate over time.

Jeremias Gotthelf’s Die Schwarze Spinne (the black spider) practically lends itself for an Extreme Metal epic. Because it is a dark and evil story, seemingly written by the devil himself. One that ominously tells of a deal with Lucifer gone wrong. Complete with … [...] Click to raid more!

Red Cain – Kindred: Act I (2019 / 2020) – Review

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The RMR deck crew likes tunes that kind of fall off the mighty freight train of the vile mainstream. Stuff that we somehow cannot classify, or would otherwise ignore. These are the things that all of a sudden haunt this office suite and won’t let go.

Or then again, things that dwell somewhere in the twilight zone of the metal multiverse. Those bands whelping records that you know are good, but you are not quite sure why.

Mainly because their tune is so way off the beaten path that there’s a disconcerting confusion about where this [...] Click to raid more!