Winter’s Verge – The Ballad of James Tig (2020) – Review

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Sometimes these metal-coated ears of the RMR deck crew need a reprieve. A more melodic approach to things will be in order. And if there is some cheese to go with that, then so be it. It will be like some sort of a gooey bandaid, a bit sticky but part of the soundscape.

So, we were glad that Winter’s Verge just sailed by with their new concept album The Ballad of James Tig.

Usually, any band name that starts with Winter tends to emerge from the reaches of the upper North. But here, these folks hail from … [...] Click to raid more!

Nightwish – HVMAN. :||: NATVRE. (2020) – Review

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Nightwish can proudly look back on a massive discography with an astonishing number of successes. All of their studio releases either ended up at Gold or Platinum levels. Or both combined. They were and – in a way – still are one of the leading bands in all things Symphonic Metal.

At least until recently.

Same as any long-standing outfit, Nightwish went through a few eras. But over the last decade or so they slowly drifted towards a more cinematic style. One filled with loads of epic bombast and plagued with somewhat of a cookie-cutter approach … [...] Click to raid more!

Deathless Legacy celebrate Saturnalia!

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It is true. I had my reservations about Rituals of Black Magic, Deathless Legacy‘s last full-length album. Somehow things did not quite fit. The record tried to be a live performance on stage. And the band is known for its pretty lavish productions on stage if nothing else. Yet, this was obviously impossible if soundbites are the only thing that you have to offer.

So, this time, the deathless ones just returned with an interesting concept EP called Saturnalia. One that plays much better to their strengths than its predecessor ever could. To do so, they chose … [...] 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!