Soothsayer – Echoes of the Earth – Review

Last updated on 13 April 2021

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Why on earth did Heilung change names, move to Ireland, and chant ever more weirdly around the soundscape? But it’s not Heilung, they’re still firmly lodged in Norway. And their chanting didn’t deteriorate either.1)

It is the Irish band Soothsayer that – for some reason – decided to start their new piece Echoes of the Earth with some atrociously bad wailings on eternal repeat.2) Fringe probably exists solely to lull RMR into some sort of a transcendental state3) to accept more such bizarre garbage that will come later.

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Aphonic Threnody – The Great Hatred (2020) – Review

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What marches majestically across this stony, desert-dry Doom Death Metal soundscape? A thing that loudly creeps about its darkened realm at almost funeral speed.

And as our inner eye watched it and listened to its drone, the RMR deck crew here waited for that good ol’ bell to toll. And indeed, we later heard its terrible voice emerging from those depths of distress and sadness.

Well, that’s the first and somewhat murky impression we had once Aphonic Threnody led off with their newest record The Great Hatred. All flags set to half-mast, and straight down those darkly ominous … [...] Click to raid more!

Sarcoptes bring us Plague Hymns!

Last updated on 5 January 2021

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Ah, don’t I like it when the drum beats rumble comfortably about my stomach. Black Metal, dark and ominous, and not from this world. Turn the boomboxes to full blast and rock the walls. That kind of thing.

Never mind the neighbors that will call the police, the National Guard, and the local exorcist to quell this racket from hell. Because, boy, this must sound like something is about to die in the RMR office suite. And so it should, because the 16-minute dish speaks about plagues.

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Wardaemonic – Acts of Repentance (2020) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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It’s good that some bands don’t really give a damn. They can’t be bothered about perception, sales values, returns on investment and all those other things of lesser importance. Or a decent presence on social networks, SEO, and the infamous marketing thing.

In Black Metal, these folks are trve kvlt. Those that much rather live down in that fiery pit, blow their drums to smithereens with their blast beats, and worry their guitars and vocal cords until things overheat. Delicious dissonance on a platter of lava-hot, fucking Extreme Metal. Brutal … [...] Click to raid more!