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...!

Intermittent Digest – Tome VI

RockmusicRaider - Intermittent Digest - Tome VIWell, before the back office overflows with material, we better launch a new edition of the RockmusicRaider world-famous (ahem…) Intermittent Digest series. This will let off some steam and things will improve – hopefully. 

The Tome V Edition was already substantial, but 2017 has been on the fast-track ever since with an enormous amount of material released to date. This includes many big bands that churned out their newest records right around fall of this year with a lot more still to come. On top of that the end of the year looms already with the inevitable top ten coming up fast, following the 2016 edition. So let’s get going with Tome VI without further ado.

One of the first surprises after the last edition was Morass of Molasses and their RockmusicRaider Review - Morass of Molasses - These Paths We Tread - Album Coveralbum These Paths We Tread. A somewhat bizarre, but historically solid band name hides a pretty savvy slice of Stoner Rock and Metal. Right out of the South of the good ‘ol US of A. Zep-infused fuzziness dripping down on us in a slow march of hardly viscous groove. You really need to take that one slow and savor every sugary drop of juice that emanates from this disk. The record sludges its way down this weavy path to a pretty cool mix of modern-day rock’n’roll and age-old stoner offerings that we all loved back in time. You should try some too.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Dodecahedron – Kwintessens (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Dodecahedron - Kwintessens - Album CoverSomething creates dark, foreboding atmospheres. Cold empty spaces filled with noisy dissonance to chill your soul with frozen hydrogen. And no doubt you need this type of a wall of sound if a record takes off with something called The Culling of the Unwanted of the Earth. Equally if the main actor goes by the name of ‘The Entity’. By Loki!

Dark and grey, a landscape of bleak winds howling through the low-lying mists. The mists that just about hide the sharp-toothed monsters within. Well, hells bells, quite a piece of work, now ain’t it? In truth Kwintessens of Dodecahedron got dissed swiftly and banned to a far corner of the RMR offices for a few months. The crime? Exaggerated dissonance at an unknown scale. Only to come back to haunt us these dark days of the unholy year of 2017. Because it finally dawned on the RMR crew that this record is indeed worth the waste of a few drops of (very) black ink. And fuck you, band, now you made RMR listen to sick shit like Deathspell Omega and Akhlys all over again. Only yours is so much better. Well, go figure – I thought the latter were good already. 

Kwintessens – the band’s sophomore album – will try to drive you insane straight from note numba one. The record displays this type of geekery that usually will get the band and their unholy production thrown out of the room and swiftly deleted from any and all sound devices. But then again, this is a visceral record. The THING that talks to the darkest abode of your dying soul. And it is this dark thing in all of its terror-laden splendor that lets you plod on with the record. The story those lyrics tell fits with the music perfectly too – and it is equally dark and foreboding.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!