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...!

Arrayan Path – Dawn of Aquarius (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Arrayan Path - Dawn of Aquarius - Album CoverMany a metal wizard is already active in the Power Metal arena with many more trying to get a foothold in a very crowded genre. And this breeds uniformity, which – by definition – shuns progression and evolution to anything new. Methinks that the ‘typical’ sound and style now ingrained themselves into the minds of fans and pros alike. So much so that a certain expectancy arose with the fan community as to how Power Metal ought to sound. Known values are good for the soul, are they not?

So to avoid to swim up mainstream creek without a paddle, bands need to make an extra effort to be heard. To the point that some of them drive themselves to extremes to get there. Gloryhammer in space, anyone? Or they Unleash The Archers and play Mad Max in a desert. So in other words, many bands resort to exuberance and flamboyance to stand out from the mean crowd that continues to almost religiously stir the stale brand of pottage Power Metal has often become.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Incursed – Amalur (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Incursed - Amalur - Album CoverThe blasted July 2017 EP The Slavic Covenant of Incursed did not impress the RMR deck crew. Too many oldies and not enough goodies, I can tell ya. Bands need to produce new, awesome material that is unique and people will want to hear. Not endlessly regurgitate old stuff or go for weird pop covers. The mighty Symphonic Metal front chicks from Exit Eden recently tried to pull that pop cover stunt as well. The outcome was – well – bizarre to say the least. With tracks ranging from juvenile wet dreams to age-old pop disasters that we all hoped would stay dead. But that will be for a different review, if ever I find the time. 

So, trepidation reigned when we started to look at Amalur, the brand new full length record Incursed unchained this September of 2017. Much to our relief, the album is a friggin’ bundle of metal energy. With much more mature and new material to boot than at first meets the eye. But, did they do it again? The inclusion of previously released tracks? Damn straight they did: Try Akelarre, The Slavic Covenant and a new version of Fear a’ Bhàta to name just three. But more to that later.

Incursed hails from – no, not Ireland. Or Denmark, the old nemesis of the Britons back in viking times. They join us from Basque Country in Spain of all places; Bilbao to be precise. I confess: At first I placed them somewhere up in the cold North, not on the Northern shore of Spain, though. But hey, tapas to go with my metal for sure works for me. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!