Video: The Reticent release The Decision!

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RockmusicRaider Video - The Reticent - The Decision - On the Eve of a Goodbye - Cover ArtIn 2016 The Reticent issued one of the best – if not THE best – Progressive Metal album of the year called On the Eve of a Goodbye. And I am not saying this lightly. The emotional discharge, genuine passion and musical prowess are such that the record ended up on spot number two of the 2016 Top Ten Records in the RockmusicRaider universe. And the record still rocks a lot on the RMR mighty sound machine. So much so that the tear-drenched tune risks to rust the metal it is built on.

The band continues to flesh out their piece of work with a variety of videos – again of outstanding quality. Their newest video The Decision is yet another outpouring of a boatload of sentiment. I would like to point out the noteworthy quality of production, storyline and execution of the clip. This video indeed catches the essence and – again – emotion of the moment very well.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

2016 Top 10 Records

RockmusicRaider Review - Darkend 2016Well, it is time for some 2016 Top 10 reflections on RockmusicRaiders‘ most coveted findings for the last year. And it might turn out to be a few more than ten, but we will keep the official ranking to this magic number. We will just add a few honorable releases to the list that kinda missed this viking fighting ship. The list is also a reflection on those bands that got us thinking and managed to mess up the peace (of mind) and quiet of the writer supreme on this blog.

And it was a funny year: Seamlessly latching on to 2015, many more shades of black have been covered throughout these 12 months. At times it seemed like there is only black, just to find yourself in progressive country for quite long stretches. The symphonic and operatic divisions did not quite convince this year, albeit there are a few pockets of excellence that showed through the blankets of snow copiously covering the countryside. Then what a year it has been with many great names in music calling it quits last year and a new US president nobody expected to win. But enough of this, let’s start, shall we?

Here are the 2016 Top 10 records:

#10 Van Halst – World of Make Believe 

TRockmusicRaider Review - Van Halst - World of Make Believe - Album Coverhe Canadians from Edmonton project a very serious brand of Gothic Metal onto the fan crowd. Their approach to music is two-pronged: First, they take advantage of the amazing vocal presence of Kami Van Halst, wrapping sturdy metal around her singing prowess. Then, they broach serious subjects of social nature throughout the record. This not only renders it a pleasure to listen to musically, but is also challenging intellectually. And this cannot often be said in metal concoctions, where lyrics often are the most neglected aspect of the production.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!