Intermittent Digest – Tome VII

RockmusicRaider - Intermittent Digest - Tome VIIWhoops! Is it mid 2018 yet? It is. And thus high time to take stock again of records that excited us at RockmusicRaider since Tome VI appeared on the screens of our esteemed fans. Meantime, the deck crew issued a new Top 10 for 2017 and hammered out yet another edition of the Old’n’Tasty series.

Now, these intermittent digests are surely no top 10 list. But some of those albums might very well end up in a hall of fame or two. And the harvest of records to date is certainly surprisingly eclectic. So – fans and friends – here we go with Tome VII:

RockmusicRaider Review - Infinitas - Civitas Interitus - Album CoverWhoever said that bands in Switzerland cannot whelp good metal records? And then coming from a remote corner of this decidedly tiny country to boot. Meet Infinitas and their record Civitas Interitus. The band boasts an unusual brand of Folk Thrash Metal that they savvily mix with acoustics, real folk and instrumentals. The pretty tasty and cool mix of styles and nuances really renders it difficult to get away from the record. Until you – suddenly – reach the end. The quality of the pudding is in the eating? Rightly so – for this blog at least. Infinitas managed to appear on the 2017 Top 10 AND get a video posted in 2018. There you go. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Old’n’Tasty Records @ RockmusicRaider – Vol. II

RockmusicRaider - Old'n'Tasty RecordsYou need to give it to them old folks. The ’70’s and ’80s were very productive as far as music is concerned. Barely emerged from early-age rock’n’roll, blues and – not to forget – jazz, rock and later metal were on their quest to claim their place in the musical landscape. This was a time of experimentation, constructing tunes for the future. Not making music for the masses, through old designs like so much patchwork. Which is – come to think of it – what we see a lot of today.

Indeed, older records are – still today – all the rage with many a fan. And – surprisingly – with younger folks, too. I have seen university students debate UFO records for instance – Obsession to be precise – in forum threads. I kid you not, ’tis no alternate fact. It is thus no surprise that some of these albums made it onto the RockmusicRaider most popular records list. And some of them continue to perform well to this day. 

The first installment of the Old’n’Tasty Records already contained a juicy collection of classics. But there is more, much more on the blog and in the music collections of the RockmusicRaider crew. So, let’s delve into this new selection from this treasure trove of ultimate findings.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

2017 Top 10 Records

I have the feeling that the 2016 Top 10 just about came out. But time does move fast when you are having fun. And we now need to attack the 2017 Top 10 quickly, lest another few months go by. 

Methinks that the records retained in 2017 were not as blackened as in former years. Instead, we found a fair share of interesting progressive and avantgarde records that bubbled to the surface. Many bands also engaged in all flavors of ‘post rock or metal’, and those – I admit – delivered the best quality stuff, in general. In other words, those outfits striding across the mighty genre list without sticking to one were the most successful. And we got them from unexpected places sometimes.

So, let’s see what juicy record really cut deep and made it onto the 2017 Top 10 Records. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!