2015 Top 10 Records

RockmusicRaider Review - Amalie Bruun - GuitarThe first full year for RockmusicRaider went by and a great many records were reviewed. A wild ride it was and still is, with challenges galore, some overcome and some still lurking nearby. This list covers records that got released in 2015. And who would have thought that the black section of #metal would be getting such attention during this year. Certainly not me. I am looking forward to a even more eventful 2016 and the pipeline does look pretty much filled already – but this is only the beginning.

So, let’s step right in:

RockmusicRaider Review - Finsterforst - Mach dich Frei - Album Cover#10 – Finsterforst – Mach Dich Frei

Talk about crunch, this is very powerful stuff. The boys from the Black Forest (the modern denomination of Finsterforst) in Germany just hit you over the head with some sort of Forest Death Metal of the folksy kind. Mach Dich Frei is probably the best record they released so far and the title song is just captivating. I really enjoyed the record as a whole – crystal clear, brutal and just good. The lyrics are all in German, but they enjoy communicating in English. Go figure. Whatever the language you speak, however, this record should be worth at least a listen. As I said above, powerful stuff. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Zierler – ESC (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Zierler - ESC - Album CoverYou think you found your Progressive nirvana with Guilt Machine, Ayreon or Opeth? Well, nope. ESC delivers better – or worse depending how you look at it. Or more complex? Too complex? All of the above? Or none. Well, this is what this record projects at the first listen until you wrap your mind around it. And it will improve with age. You just need to give it some time to mature – like old wine. And as you progress, you will discover new bits and pieces.

Also, the record gives me this weird feeling of déjà-vu! Really weird! Heard something like that some time ago – actually a long time ago. Not exactly like it – more on Progressive Rock, but getting close. Kansas this was called. During their early years, way back in time producing Progressive stuff slightly similar to what ESC, latest of Zierler, throws at us today in 2015. And you know what? This kind of sounds like an offshoot of the now defunct (?) Beyond Twilight in a sense, which unsurprisingly is or was the fearless leader’s second outfit. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!