Dismal – Via Entis (2023) – Review

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One of the major stepping stones to a great record is a pristine production. No friggin’ doubt about it. But methinks that a number of bands didn’t quite catch that one yet. And when this juicy little detail is overlooked, then lackluster things like this one and this one happen. And that’s often a pity. Because all the good ideas are usually right behind the curtain, only they won’t quite come out and shine.

And these records often feel like a confused circus hiding its very own performers. So, what’s it gonna be with the folks over at Dismal? … [...] Click to raid more!

Fortis Ventus – Vertalia (2022) – Review

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Symphonic Metal. A genre that many pronounced dead and gone, yet you’ll still find tons of bands tilling these very same fields. In truth, the genre’s heyday was in the early ’00s, up to the early ’10s. After that, too many clones and soundalikes appeared on that limited territory. So much so, that today even the biggies of the genre experience identity crises that make some of them increasingly reluctant to go for innovation. And so, some cling to their past successes instead.

This – in return – leads to brutally bland material. Reheated all over again, with huge loads … [...] Click to raid more!

Amorphis – Skyforger (2009) – Review

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RMR just covered Amorphis‘ 2022 piece Halo. And contrary to a few croaks of imminent defeat out there, the band still shines as strongly as it did some 13 years earlier. They must be doing something right in this outfit. Or – perhaps – it is the Finnish fresh air, the pristine water, and frequent trips to the sauna. This band churns out one great record after the other. Consistently, reliably, and with minute attention to detail and quality.

So, as we are on a roll with this band, the time has finally come to reach way into … [...] Click to raid more!

Glasya – Attarghan (2022) – Review

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Glasya wish to be a Soundtrack Metal Band1). Storytellers that will try to sway the merciless audience outside of their direct sphere of influence with snazzy shreds of cinematic sounds. All of that fueled by inspiration found in the long-gone realms of movie soundtracks of the ’60s and ’70s. That’s a truly funky idea.

The band made its first real mark with Heaven’s Demise back in 2019. One of those ‘typical’ Power and Symphonic Metal pieces out there. Although, the production and flow were pretty powerful and – yes- near to flawless. Only, the tracks rolled in on … [...] Click to raid more!