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.

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2021 and The Extreme: Black, Death, and the Arcane!

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Some years have a darker more ominous feel to them. And 2021 surely exudes those waves of additional woe in more ways than one, and we’re not quite done with it yet. At least that is what these first few months up to August taught us. And in truth, our late prog and alt harvest already spoke to that. Great findings for sure from metal bands of the light, but sparse pickings nonetheless.

On the other hand, the picture is much different from the extreme folks in the metal multiverse. This year, an avalanche of distorted sounds of the arcane … [...] Click to raid more!

Stortregn – Impermanence (2021) – Review

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Stortregn have that knack to usurp your attention right from the beginning of a record. There’s no dicking around for these guys. And they prop all of their wares up against some ominous theory or other corny philosophies. And this time its Impermanence in all its cosmic splendor.

The band may start with a wee bit of acoustics at first. Might. But then they just stomp their tariff right into your earphones and grab whatever energy you possess. Then they pummel you with their limitless riffing prowess, growl at you relentlessly, and spit you out undigested once the record is … [...] Click to raid more!

Stortregn – Singularity (2016) – Review

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It looks like the City of Calvin in Switzerland is a haven for Extreme Metal. I am sure that this would rub Mr. C the wrong way. But – alas – he’s gone for some time. And now there’s all that metal debauchery rampant in the streets of this lake-bound city with nobody to quell the surge.

Debauchery? Hell, no. If anything, you’ll find some serious guitar prowess around those dark corners. And Singularity will deliver its fair share, make no mistake. Stortregn really pulls that pedal to the metal right from the beginning. But more to that later.

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