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Best Music Of 2020

As is customary each year, music magazines across the globe gather around and form an arbitrary ranking of the best music released that year. Since music is largely a matter of taste, no magazine typically agrees, not necessarily even internally on what is the best album, the second best album, and so forth. So here at Rockfreaks.net we have always taken a different approach: we think it's far more important to try to capture all relevant albums from a given year of release that will have some significance a few years down the line...

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New Autumn For Crippled Children album set to arrive in May

Posted by AP on 6/03/21

Friesland, Netherlands-born blackgaze ensemble An Autumn For Crippled Children have announced a new album titled “As the Morning Dawns, We Close Our Eyes”. It follows hot on the heels of the group’s 2020 album “All Fell Silent, Everything Went Quiet”, and will be released through Prosthetic Records on May 21st. The following tracks are included:


01. “Carefully Breathing”

02. “Of Your Light”

03. “In Winter”

04. “Splendour Unnoticed”

05. “As the Morning Dawns, We Close Our Eyes”

06. “Hearts Closed”

07. “Melancholia”

08. “Last Night I Believed in You”


You can check out the artwork and pre-order the record on a format of your choosing here, while the first single “Carefully Breathing” is available for listening below.


Chevelle reveals lyric video for "Endlessly"

Posted by AP on 6/03/21

Chevelle have posted a lyric video for their anthemic song “Endlessly” online below. It appears on the Grayslake, IL-born post-grunge stalwarts’ newly released album “NIRATIAS”, which came out yesterday, March 05th on Epic Records.


Part Chimp announces new album: "Drool"

Posted by AP on 6/03/21

London, United Kingdom-based noise rock outfit Part Chimp will release a new album titled “Drool” through Wrong Speed Records on June 04th. It consists of the following songs:


01. “Back from the Dead”

02. “Wallow”

03. “One in the Eye”

04. “Clever”

05. “I Feel Fantastic”

06. “Drool”

07. “Up, with Notes”

08. “No Sad Faces”

09. “Dirty Birdy”

10. “It’s True Man”

11. “US is A”

12. “Worms”


The record is available for pre-order on all formats via Bandcamp, where you can also see the artwork. A music video for the lead single “Back from the Dead” can meanwhile be watched below, courtesy of The Quietus.


Watch Soen's new music video for "Deceiver"

Posted by AP on 6/03/21

Soen have a new music video out for their track “Deceiver” and you can watch it below. It is taken from the Swedish progressive metal band’s latest album “Imperial”, which came out via Silver Lining Music earlier this year.


Danish fans can look forward to watching the group live at the following shows in the autumn:


November 16th - Train, Århus, DEN>

November 17th - Lille VEGA, Copenhagen, DEN

November 18th - Posten, Odense, DEN


You can view the full extent of their upcoming European touring plans on our dates page.


Decline Of The I unveils new video single: "Diev Vide"

Posted by AP on 6/03/21

Decline Of The I have unveiled a new video single titled “Diev Vide”, which you can check out below thanks to No Clean Singing. It is part of the Paris, France-resident post-black metal unit’s forthcoming album “Johannes”, which will be released through Agonia Records on March 26th and was detailed in our previous news article.


Grave Miasma to release "Abyss of Wrathful Deities" in May

Posted by AP on 6/03/21

London, United Kingdom’s blackened death metal mob Grave Miasma have set May 14th as the official release date for their long-awaited sophomore album “Abyss Of Wrathful Deities”. It comprises these songs:


01. “Guardians of Death”

02. “Rogyapa”

03. “Ancestral Waters”

04. “Erudite Decomposition”

05. “Under the Megalith”

06. “Demons of the Sand”

07. “Interlude”

08. “Exhumation Rites”

09. “Kingdoms Beyond Kailash”


Pre-orders are set to launch in the coming weeks, and in the meanwhile, you can watch the official music video for the first single “Rogyapa” via Decibel Magazine below. Be sure to also revisit our review of the group’s 2013 début album “Odori Sepulcrorum” right here.


Autarkh posts visualiser clip for new song "Alignment"

Posted by AP on 6/03/21

Dutch experimental metallers Autarkh have posted a visualiser clip for their new song “Alignment” online below through Outburn. It is featured on their impending album “Form in Motion”, which will land in stores this coming Friday, March 12th via Season of Mist and can be pre-ordered on various formats here.


The group is part of Roadburn Festival’s upcoming Roadburn Redux online streaming event between April 16th and April 18th, at which they will perform an alternative version of the record as a trio (Autarkh III). You can find all the details about it in its official Facebook event.


Cryptosis premieres "Death Technology" music video

Posted by AP on 5/03/21

Enschede, Netherlands-born progressive thrash metal outfit Cryptosis have premiered the official music video for “Death Technology” — one of the songs off their upcoming album “Bionic Swarm”, which will land in stores via Century Media on March 26th and was detailed in our earlier news item. You can watch the clip right here:


New Evanescence song "Better Without You" available for streaming

Posted by AP on 5/03/21

Evanescence have made a new song dubbed “Better Without You” available for streaming online below. It appears on the Little Rock, AR-born alternative metallers’ forthcoming album “The Bitter Truth”, which was detailed in our previous news item and will be released on March 26th.


Blindfolded And Led To The Woods debuts "The White of the Eyes"

Posted by AP on 5/03/21

Blindfolded And Led To The Woods have debuted another new song titled “The White of the Eyes”, which you can listen to exclusively via Decibel Magazine. It is taken from the Christchurch, New Zealand-based progressive death metal unit’s forthcoming album “Nightmare Withdrawals”, which they are set to independently release on March 26th. You can find all the details surrounding the effort in our earlier news post.

More artists added to Roadburn Redux streaming event in April

Posted by AP on 5/03/21

Roadburn Festival has bolstered the line-up of its online streaming event Roadburn Redux, which is set to take place between April 16th and April 18th in lieu of the physical festival. You can peruse the latest additions to the bill below.


Specially commissioned performances broadcast live from the 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands:


Many Blessings (us) presents: TBA

Mizmor (us) presents: “Wit’s End”

Primitive Man (us) presents: TBA


Full album performances broadcast live from the 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands:


Autarkh (nl) — performing an alternative version of “Form in Motion” as Autarkh III

The Devil’s Trade (hu) — performing “The Call of the Iron Peak”

Regarde les Hommes Tomber (fr) — performing “Ascension”


The Svart Sessions (online):


Haunted Plasma (fi)


Online streaming performances:


Gallops (uk)

Inter Arma (us) — Covered in the Compound: Live at Chesterfield East (special covers set)

Maggot Heart (se)

Offermose (dk)

Wayfarer (us)


Roadburn Redux will operate on a pay-what-you-want basis, with more details available in the official Facebook event.


Atreyu to release "Baptize" in June

Posted by AP on 4/03/21

Orange County, CA’s metalcore stalwarts Atreyu will release a new album titled “Baptize” through Spinefarm Records on June 04th. It will be their first since parting ways with vocalist Alex Varkatzas last year, and sees Brandon Saller stepping down as the band’s drummer and backing singer in order to assume lead vocal duties. Bassist Marc McKnight now handles growling, while Hell Or Highwater’s Kyle Rosa was recruited to the man the drumkit. The record includes these tracks:


01. “Strange Powers of Prophecy”

02. “Baptize”

03. “Save Us”

04. “Underrated”

05. “Broken Again”

06. “Weed”

07. “Dead Weight”

08. “Catastrophe”

09. “F***ed Up”

10. “Sabotage Me”

11. “Untouchable” (feat. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach)

12. “No Matter What”

13. “Oblivion” (feat. Matt Heafy of Trivium)

14. “Stay”

15. “Warrior” (feat. Travis Barker of Blink-182)


While pre-orders are yet to be launched, you can listen to the songs “Untouchable” and “Warrior” below.



Zao premieres new single: "Croatoan"

Posted by AP on 4/03/21

Parkersburg, WV’s metalcore veterans Zao have premiered the first single from their upcoming album “The Crimson Corridor” in the shape of “Croatoan” via Decibel Magazine below. The record is their first since 2016’s “The Well-Intentioned Virus” and will be released on April 09th, with pre-orders now available on various formats over at Bandcamp and Holy Mountain Printing.


Middle Kids streaming another new single: "Stacking Chairs"

Posted by AP on 4/03/21

Middle Kids have made another new single called “Stacking Chairs” available for streaming online below. It is taken from the Sydney, Australia-based indie rock ensemble’s forthcoming album “Today We’re the Greatest”, which is set to arrive on March 19th and the details of which were revealed in our earlier news article.


New Immerse album "The Weight That Holds Me Here" due this month

Posted by AP on 4/03/21

Bristol, United Kingdom-born metalcore act Immerse will release a new album titled “The Weight That Holds Me Here” on March 26th. It comprises the following tracks:


01. “Vile”

02. “Burn”

03. “With You”

04. “Southbound”

05. “More”

06. “Red Shade”

07. “Paralyse”

08. “Lights”

09. “23/19”

10. “Mon Seul”

11. “Here’s Hoping”


You can check out the artwork and pre-order the record on various formats here, while a music video for “23/19” is available for watching below.


Mental Cruelty announces new album: "A Hill to Die Upon"

Posted by AP on 3/03/21

Karlsruhe, Germany-born blackened deathcore mob Mental Cruelty have announced a new album titled “A Hill to Die Upon”, which they will release through Unique Leader on May 28th. It comprises these cuts:


01. “Avgang”

02. “Ultima Hypocrita”

03. “Abadon”

04. “King ov Fire”

05. “Eternal Eclipse”

06. “Death Worship”

07. “Fossenbrate”

08. “A Hill to Die Upon”

09. “Extermination Campaign”


You can find a variety of pre-ordering options for the record here, while a music video for the lead single “Ultima Hypocrita” is available for watching below.


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