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 avant-garde 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Sorcerer – The Crowning of the Fire King (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sorcerer - The Crowning of the Fire King - Album CoverI am transfixed by sounds pouring out of my earphones. Staunch, epic metal sounds. The culprit is the Swedish band Sorcerer and their newest album The Crowning of the Fire King. Their second full length studio album. 

You will surely remember their 2015 come-back epic In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross. This one got some serious acclaim for a band that over long stretches of their (almost non-existent) career produced nothing more than a few demos and compilations. But then – bang – came this first full-length record. A totally unexpected artillery volley out of the left [...] Click to raid more!

Sideburn – Evil or Divine (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sideburn - Evil or Divine - Album CoverRockmusicRaider is having Swedish Rock and Metal week. We just finished a newsflash on Endbite. And now we’re ready to hit the folks from Sideburn and their 2015 album Evil or Divine. Not to be confused by the Swiss Metal band of the same name, by the way.

Sideburn are part of a very significant rock and metal community active in the land of stellar blond chicks, even better breakfast, ever behaving citizens and stringent speed controls.

Not so? Damn! 

In fact, the neat surface of this country hides this pretty exciting underground culture. Way cool that. Some big [...] Click to raid more!