10 Most Popular Posts @ RockmusicRaider – Edition I

RockmusicRaider - Most Popular PostsHowdy fans and friends! It is time again to take stock of sounds discovered and bands unearthed. But for the first time from an angle of the posts themselves and how they rated with you, the readers. The RockmusicRaider officescape would of course like to think that the likes and shares are a result of masterful penmanship. But, hey, dream on. The written word is one of the vectors to get to the most popular posts, of course. But it is the musicians in the bands covered that really delivered their music with their hearts’ blood and essence of their mutual souls. And this is what we react to and the fans ultimately chose to like – or not. 

So, with this in mind, here is the first edition of the 10 most popular posts on RockmusicRaider to date:

#10 – Denigrate – Hollowpoint (2015)

The rockers from Finland returned strongly from their hiatus and immediately put the pedal to the metal. Literally. And they quite rightly found a space on the RMR 2015 Top Ten for their record. As we say, the quality of the pudding is in the eating, as the likes and shares prove. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

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...!

Denigrate – Hollowpoint (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Denigrate - Hollowpoint - Album CoverSoft music playing and a voice goes: In times past there lived a king and queen of the Ancient Metal Kingdom, who said to each other every day of their lives: “If only we had a metal child!”. And yet they had none. One day the queen was bathing and an ugly frog with a Motörhead tattoo came out of the water, leered at her and said drooling: “Thy wish shall be fulfilled. If you kiss and cuddle me, oh succulent one, thou shalt witness my transformation and get a child.” She did and SMACK BOOM there it was. IT?? Yes, called Denigrate – from Finland, playing Sleeping Beauty since 2007. [Soft music is brutally replaced by metal sounds!]. And they are back with a vengeance with their newest brainchild Hollowpoint, attacking straight with some real metal. Like a bullet hitting you at full tilt. There you go, nomen est omen.

When I started on Hollowpoint, I was floored! I admittedly expected something different and much flatter. But luckily the pudding proved to be jolly good eating. And they should probably rename this album to The Awakening or something. ‘Cause, this is real good, mature metal. No shit. The long slumber of this beauty has certainly done a world of good to the quality of their tune. Interestingly, the same happened to Sorcerer with In The Shadow of the Inverted Cross. When these folks came to from their beauty sleep and let loose, it just took your breath away. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!