Ashbringer – Yügen (2016) – Review

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First, add a part of Wilderun. Then take a measure of Caladan Brood, mix in a trifle of Summoning. Next, forget about the drum machine of the latter two and replace their ever-present synthesizer with a real band.

Not that the sophomore album Yügen from Ashbringer is devoid of synthesized elements, far from it. But compared to the high-powered art of blackened electronica of some Black Metal acts, this is music made by real people – if you get my drift. The fact that the band members are mostly still in their late teens is just another jaw-dropping … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: The Deluge, by Sojourner!

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The 2016 record Empires of Ash trained our corporate Atmospheric Black Metal spotlight squarely on Sojourner. A promising, multi-national band operating out of the UK with a somewhat unique style to boot. We were equally impressed, if not more, with the delights of The Shadowed Road in 2018.

So, ways to go for the future, right?

And indeed, like clockwork, Sojourner now appeared on our radar with their teaser video The Deluge. The one made to promote their upcoming album Premonitions that will be out later in May 2020.

Now in the meantime, the band switched to Napalm … [...] Click to raid more!

Sojourner – The Shadowed Road (2018) – Review

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Damn, the RMR deck crew is late again. So very late. Late to the game of catching the best albums of any one year. And sometimes, this is a pity.

Because some of those records might (just might) have made it onto the Top 10 of the year in question. I could now drone you to despair by making you listen to all these reasons why this happened or not. But, bugger it. Ain’t important no more.

The Shadowed Road of Sojourner would be one of those records. A record driven by a band with a purpose. And – I [...] Click to raid more!

Carach Angren – Where the Corpses Sink Forever (2012) – Review

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Epic. This denomination sometimes comes to mind for records in genres like Symphonic Metal. But very often with a pretty negative connotation attached to it. 

Because time and again, many of those bands really go way overboard with whatever it is they try to achieve. To the point of an identity crisis full of molten cheese, where these outfits cannot decide if they want to be an opera or not.

Now, to project such a prodigious award on an Extreme Metal or Black Metal band is relatively rare. The epic label is not unheard of either. But you’d often find [...] Click to raid more!