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Review: Runemagick - Beyond the Cenotaph of Mankind
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Beyond the Cenotaph of Mankind

Label: Hammerheart Records
Year released: 2023
Duration: 48:04
Tracks: 6
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: February 27, 2023
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Beyond the Cenotaph of Mankind

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (6 Votes)
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Almost four years since their last one, which is a long time for this famously prolific band. Runemagick used to seesaw back and forth on the Doom/Death axis, but by now they have pretty much defined their own sound, and there is not any deviation from it here. If you like Runemagick, then this is more of what they do, but I have to say it's not grabbing me as much as past albums. The twelve-minute opener "Archaic Magick (After the Red Sun)" is a pretty comprehensive workout in Doomy Death Metal, with some good pounding sections and an overall composition that really holds together. After that I find this album a bit less inspired, and more derivative of the band's own past works. This is solid, but if you are a Runemagick fan, then you have heard it before.

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