Solemnity walk Through Endless Darkness!

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Solemnity. Somber, gloomy, grave, and earnest, yet of dark and often sublime beauty. A name of a band that may already turn into an omen of sorts.

Their offering emerges so far from the deep underground that you have trouble finding them. Even if they started to appear on the usual haunts lately. Yet, there’s no trace of a visual, no former works that we could find, even if the band saw the light of day in 2016 already. Invisibility on top of solemnity, that’s quite a cocktail.

But fear naught. Through Endless Darkness does … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Monnalisa haunts Fleshgod Apocalypse!

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I am not surprised that Nuclear Blast finally sponsored Monnalisa to appear on moving pictures. After all, it is one of the most publicly palatable tracks on Fleshgod Apocalypse‘s Veleno. One for the masses, if you will. If that can be said about this record at all.

But by the holy metal cow, this video took me by storm. Flawless execution on display with a storyline that holds its water from beginning to end. A Victorian tableau of hinted gruesomeness.

Monnalisa paints itself in lively pictures that whisper of forbidden fruits and deliciously gory endings. Those that can … [...] Click to raid more!

Wilderun – Veil of Imagination (2019) – Review

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Our review pipe failed to pick up Wilderun‘s last epic Sleep at the Edge of the World in time to make it onto the 2015 Top 10 list. And this sucked big time, given the undeniable qualities of this beautiful piece.

But things moved to the bright side this time. Veil of Imagination just made it onto the blog, which – I guess – is good news. But this new record does nonetheless have mightily big shoes to fill.

It’s predecessor displayed a distinct sense of mastery difficult to beat in a sophomore album. With … [...] Click to raid more!

Xaon – Solipsis (2019) – Review

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Cinematic Metal. The dream of shaving off a tasty slice of Hollywood without being there. And – by definition – only in sound and never in deed. Clad in metal that somehow and apparently must sound epic and be smothered in sweetish cheese.

Bands like AfterTime or – again – Illuminata come to mind. And for a while, it is nice to listen to those compositions that all kinda sound alike. But then suddenly this deluge of fondue does get to you. And you start to yearn for something a bit rougher.

So, luckily we finally … [...] Click to raid more!