Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy (2010) – Review

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It’s true. The RMR deck crew has a weakness for the sinister and the deep frightening darkness. The brutal and ritualistic metal soundscapes that Rock never touches. A sweet spot for the underground at large and for bands that show a ton of character.

In other words, the mainstream hunters, hustlers, copycats, and other chart-hungry, swampy creatures of the light1) almost run no chance to appear on this blog.

Nevermore, however, directly emerges from those murky depths of the juiciest records the somber subsurface of the metal industry could muster. So, we couldn’t resist taking another … [...] Click to raid more!

Midgard – Tales of Kreia (2020) – Review

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Some bands truly like that balancing act – and most are good at it, too. That gallivanting about those gazillions of metal flavors to concoct something of their own making. They don’t necessarily invent anything new, but those records often hit you with a rock-solid metal avalanche.

Records of substance that provide that metallic manna any metalhead craves. The real thing, not watery remnants of a thing called metal long ago.

Often you find those pieces with bands featuring some fantasy theme that can range from Tolkien’s brave warriors to unicorns in space. And they’re fun to listen … [...] Click to raid more!

Kvaen – The Funeral Pyre (2020) – Review

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I always thought that Stortregn boasted about the sturdiest metal offering on this blog. Not the blackest, nor the evilest, mind you. But it would qualify as sturdy, no-nonsense Extreme Metal. The take-no-prisoner kind.

The one that comes with some quality oomph, not only noisy dissonance. From one of those bands that are capable to squeeze that steely metal out of the proverbial ore.

Well, Stortregn just saw their throne lobbed out of the window. Gone, into the ditch outside the castle walls.

Because – I guess – we never had the pleasure to meet Kvaen[...] Click to raid more!

Sylosis – Live Review – Islington Assembly Hall 2020

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Discovering new music that deeply connects with you becomes rarer as you get older. At least for me.

When I was a teenager, discovering my love for rock/metal was effectively the first steps in becoming the person I am. That’s what being a teenager is about. Discovery.

So it sort of makes sense when you hit your late 20’s that you don’t fall in love with bands as hard as you used to, as your sense of self is far more developed. In theory. But I’m no psychology expert. I’ve just learnt … [...] Click to raid more!