Noltem – Illusions in the Wake (2021) – Review

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Some of the RMR crew like to visit exhibitions. Nothing sleazy nor infested with demonic distortions or styles for nerds only. Just plain art displayed in more or less astonishing splendor.

And sometimes you stand in front of one of these paintings and you wonder why you like the piece. Nothing on the offering really talks to you at first. Yet, something kinda speaks to your inner self. It’s a communication of sorts that you cannot control, and you actually don’t want to. A pleasant discourse that takes place despite yourself.

The same happens sometimes with records. You … [...] Click to raid more!

Norse – Ascetic (2021) – Review

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I don’t know, is it the change of the season? Grey, cold, wet weather descends on a landscape that was vibrant and full of life earlier. Everything seems to be smothered in shades of grey to the point of depression. And this calls for a record that is equally bleak and grey, as RMR’s surroundings start to be. Something that talks to the howling soul inside, the one that seeks but doesn’t find that reprieve anymore, in a world of monochromatic colors.

Thus, Norse‘s new album Ascetic just felt like the remedy we were looking for. A … [...] Click to raid more!

Felled – The Intimate Earth (2021) – Review

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Splendid. 2021 seems to be the year of the style breakers. Those bands step out of the proverbial box and start moving down their very own path. And that is something the RMR deckhands truly appreciate.

The current metal multiverse is plagued by too many sub-styles, all of them sporting different attributes. But, only acting within the tight confines of a style will – in time – have a negative effect on a band’s ability to compose good music. Metal has in many ways become a playground for all sorts of nerds. And that is not necessarily a … [...] Click to raid more!

Eye of Purgatory – The Lighthouse (2021) – Review

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Death Metal and Rogga Johansson are one of a kind. If there’s anybody in the metal multiverse who qualifies as an ambassador for that specific genre, he definitely is da man.

This guy doesn’t just make his brand of favorite music, he actually lives it. The list of active band projects is so long, it gives you a headache just to browse through them. To name just one, Paganizer, with its rough Death Metal offering, is probably the best-known outfit he successfully haunts.

And – of course – Mr. Johansson here already crossed our hawse a few times in … [...] Click to raid more!