Coagulating Mirth. No laughing Matter, by The Atrophic!

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It’s funny. The Atrophic is a new band. So new, they haven’t yet found a space in the mighty metal archives.1) And, for some reason, this band opines that – somehow – Technical Death Metal cannot be fun and is shunned by many – because it’s just noize hacked to death by metal-crazed technicians.2) Add melody and symphony to this shebang or ban all these clueless misfits to the 11th circle of hell.3)

Yet, once the RMR crew let Coagulating Mirth roar out of its cage, we were all ears. And indeed, their debut EP turned … [...] Click to raid more!

Enragement – Atrocities (2022) – Review

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Ah, we are having a distinct Death Metal fest this year, methinks. Azaab just visited these pages with a novel concept not very long ago. Yet, it wasn’t quite brutal enough to make it onto the malevolent 2022 series.1) For that we don’t need avant-garde, we need Atrocities so bad that the covers of Cannibal Corpse will seem like a kids’ cartoon. Break out yer paintbrushes.


But first, a public service announcement. If you’re looking for the intricate beauty in Enragement‘s newest record, its connection to the mysterious forces of Gaia, or its contribution to peace and love, … [...] Click to raid more!

Azaab – Summoning the Cataclysm (2022) – Review

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There’s always ample opportunity to expand a ‘zine’s coverage. South Asia especially hasn’t seen a lot of metallic attention from the RMR crew. And it’s not for the lack of trying, of course. By long-standing policy, it does not really matter where the material originates from,1) it’s the quality that counts.

So, here we got ourselves the first band from Pakistan ever that made the cut for the RMR review pipe. You know, that list of unfathomable depths, almost as complicated and mysterious as the Vatican archives. On top of all that, the band sports a name like a … [...] Click to raid more!

Burned in Effigy – Rex Mortem (2022) – Review

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Do you know why the RMR deckhands endlessly return to metal? It’s because of the outstanding technical skills of those musicians involved. In this day and age, only this almost otherworldly sorcery on display today will really get a band anywhere. That is not to belittle other music genres, but I truly never saw this excellence thing pushed to such extremes.

One of those out-of-control examples in the metal multiverse is the Tech and Melodic Death Metal faction. 2021 allowed for a great run in its murky waters with a few absolutely wild specimens. That raises the stakes pretty … [...] Click to raid more!