RMR’s 2018 Top 10 Records

RockmusicRaider - 2018 Top 10

Howdy Fans and Friends!

It is high time to concoct a follow-up to the immensely successful 2017 Top 10 list. Now, 2018 is over and we have this sinking feeling that RockmusicRaider should send something out before another 12 months or so of stellar music leaves our memory. Forever gone in the windy tunnels of time, lost in a music industry that became its own best enemy. But that will be for another editorial we are sure to write in 2019.

2018 was a difficult year. The RMR crew here was time-strapped, so – in all – we were unable … [...] Click to raid more!

Passenger – Runaway (2018) – Review

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To beat Passenger records with the allure of All The Little Lights or Whispers will be difficult, to say the least. Even if these two contained many sins that truly chipped away at their overall ratings. And indeed, this is the mighty rocky mountain that this particular artist currently tries to vanquish.

I have been less than amused with the 2016 record Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea. Even if this one contains pretty sturdy tracks like Anywhere with its funky beat. So, hey, you can’t get it right every time. Superman ain’t in it.

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Vanha – Melancholia (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Vanha - Melancholia - Album Cover Solemnly marching Death Doom Metal sounds with a melodic twist have a soothing quality. Comfort in dark, dreary sounds. Drenched in a sea of sorrow and countless tears.

Don’t you think?

Just savor the soaring guitars that always kind of feel out of place. Yet they must be there, or the tune sounds incomplete. Or visit the measured growls that compete with clear voice lyrics, as the theme and atmosphere demands. All of that renders this tasty amalgam of Extreme Metal into something really palatable.

And you will want more of it. Because, indeed it soothes the suffering soul. Now, [...] Click to raid more!

Haken – Vector (2018) – Review

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A variety of currents and undercurrents exist in the Progressive Metal universe. You get the thoughtful ones, those hauling emotion around like a shitload of bricks. The Reticent comes to mind. You have the experimental dudes like Wilderun, walking down the steps, towards alternative and avant-garde laden pastures.

And then you get the djent division.

Those who think that good prog inevitably must be stuffed with a goodly measure of djentability. Leprous or Vvon Dogma I are somewhat of an extremist example of those. And you’ll find many others of the same ilk, and their ardent supporters. 

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