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!

Shores of Null – Beyond the Shores (On Death and Dying) (2020) – Review

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It is not often that we see a one-track album these days. The last one RMR covered was from Insomnium, and this was way back in 2016. So truly, when I first fired up the new album of Shores of Null, I thought that not all of their wares downloaded correctly. Only to find that this one track lasted for a little more than 38 minutes.1)

So, by the miserable minions of Loki, Beyond the Shores (On Death and Dying) really is one of those rarities. Made by bands with a cocksure reassurance that such things still … [...] Click to raid more!

Surma – The Light Within (2020) – Review

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RMR just got hijacked by yet another unknown record. All leaves cancelled, and no refreshments until the review is live on the website.

You see, there is this guy from TÝR who – apparently – latched on to this young female Czech vocalist back in 20181). Yet another one with classical training, serious metal urges, and loads of promise.

So, they met and produced this band between themselves. Somewhat of a mix of Island Metal from the North, Dutch symphonics, and slightly Slavik accents.

Surma‘s The Light Within was indeed not really on the menu for this … [...] Click to raid more!

AC/DC – Power Up (2020) – Review

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It’s jolly good that RockmusicRaider‘s scope is wider than the old gods allow. To cover metal, rock, and folk in one giant sweep indeed gives us leeway larger than the swagger of Mick Jagger. So, in this sense, we can easily take on pieces that were not forged in the steely metal mills that other reviewers oblige themselves to operate in.

Instead, we can freely go to those places where rock’n’roll is still dirty, blazing hot, and the lyrics are steamy. Of a time-tested brand that never really changes. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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