Marko Hietala leaves Nightwish!

RockmusicRaider - Marko Hietala 2020

May we live in interesting times, right? The bad – or strange – news never stops, and we’re in for more in 2021.

Nightwish‘s Marko Hietala has decided to quit the band with immediate effect and to – in his words – “…leave public life.” It appears that during the terrible last year, he had second thoughts about his life as a musician and the music industry as a whole. Which – wisely – led him to take a time-out and leave one of the greatest Symphonic Metal bands of all time. And that is a pity.

Hietala always … [...] Click to raid more!

RMR’s 2020 Top 3 Videos and EPs!

RockmusicRaider - Top 3 Videos and EPs 2020

Did you know that RockmusicRaider will also rant about videos and those short blurbs called EPs?1) You probably did. But you didn’t know that our lazy asses finally got in gear to offer a short ranking list for both categories to our readers. As a first-ever in the illustrious career of the RockmusicRaider webzine.

It is true, we focus on full-length reviews and often pay little attention to clips and those shorter concoctions. But 2020 whelped some excellent material, which we found impossible to ignore. So, in this light, it would be a pity not to give them an … [...] Click to raid more!

2020 – A disappointment for Symphonic Metal?

RockmusicRaider - Symphonic Metal in 2020 - Delain - Diabulus in Musica - Nightwish - Surma

Once the end of 2019 approached, an interesting scenario around Symphonic Metal emerged. Three biggies in the genre – Nightwish, Diabulus in Musica, and Delain – all announced a release of their newest and – hopefully – best ever concoction.

A stellar prospect that stirred up quite some excitement around the RMR deck crew over here. We started to have fever dreams of new grandeur, of a knock-out punch that would catapult this once great genre to new beginnings and old glories revisited.

Maybe it was a bout of insane positive thinking, because – somehow – Within Temptation[...] Click to raid more!

RMR’s 2020 Top 10 Records

RockmusicRaider 2020 Top 10 Records

The terrible and unholy year of the Dark Lord 2020 was not as fertile as last year’s harvest would suggest. The crop yielded a fair amount of pretty excellent records. Yet, most of them erred on the good to very good territory1) and did not really qualify for that coveted top 10 spot.

After a slow start, things started to look more lively. At first, we thought that the progressive folks would pretty much deliver naught. Yet, suddenly we have a choice, and a difficult one at that.

Then we stumbled across folk pieces where there should be none, … [...] Click to raid more!