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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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Therion premieres "Tuonela" music video

Posted by AP on 22/01/21

Stockholm, Sweden-based symphonic metal veterans Therion have unveiled the official music video for “Tuonela”, which features a guest appearance from the former Nightwish bassist Marko Hietala. The song is part of their newly released album “Leviathan”, which came out via Nuclear Blast today.


Watch Nervosa's new music video for "Under Ruins"

Posted by AP on 22/01/21

Nervosa have a new music video out for their track “Under Ruins”, which you can watch below. It is taken from the São Paulo, Brazil-based thrash metallers’ newly released album “Perpetual Chaos”, which landed in stores today via Napalm Records.


Daze Of June releases new single: "Four Knives"

Posted by AP on 22/01/21

Daze Of June have released a new single called “Four Knives” and you can check it out below. It appears on the Roskilde, Denmark-born metalcore unit’s forthcoming sophomore album “Tainted Blood”, which will be released through Prime Collective on February 19th and the details of which were listed in our previous news post.


The band will celebrate the release with a concert at Amager Bio in Copenhagen on February 20th, with support from Between Oceans and Auralist. Tickets are still available for purchase here for 175 DKK (+ fees), while more information can be found in the official Facebook event.


They will also play at Gimle in their hometown of Roskilde on June 05th, with Unseen Faith providing support. Tickets for that show cost 110 DKK (+ fees) and can be bought from the venue’s website, while more details are likewise found in the official Facebook event.


Pupil Slicer to release début album "Mirrors" in March

Posted by AP on 22/01/21

London, United Kingdom’s grindcore and mathcore fusionists Pupil Slicer have set March 12th as the official release date for their début album “Mirrors” via Prosthetic Records. It comprises these tracks:


01. “Martyrs”

02. “Stabbing Spiders”

03. “L’Appel du Vide”

04. “Panic Defence”

05. “Husk”

06. “Vilified”

07. “Worthless”

08. “Wounds Upon My Skin”

09. “Interlocutor”

10. “Mirrors Are More Fun Than Television”

11. “Save the Dream, Kill Your Friends”

12. “Collective Unconscious”


Pre-orders for all formats have launched over at this location, where you can also see the artwork, while a music video for the new single “Wounds Upon My Skin” is available for watching below.


A Colossal Weekend adds 11 new artists to 2021 line-up

Posted by AP on 21/01/21

Despite the uncertainty, A Colossal Weekend still intends on going ahead with this year’s edition of the festival, which is set to take place at VEGA in Copenhagen between May 06th and May 08th. And to underline their determination, the organisers have added a batch of new artists to the line-up — these are:


A Burial At Sea (uk)

A Horrible Death To A Horrible Man (dk)

Aiming For Enrike (no)

Alkymist (dk)

CLT DRP (uk)

Collider (dk)

Hiraki (dk)

InTechnicolour (uk)

Kokomo (de)

We Are Among Storms (dk)

We Stood Like Kings (be)


Partout tickets for the festival cost 585 DKK (+ fees) and can still be bought from Ticketmaster.dk, while more information is available in the official Facebook event.


Soen postpones upcoming European tour & announces new shows

Posted by AP on 21/01/21

Swedish progressive metallers Soen have decided to postpone their spring European touring plans to the autumn and winter, and this has allowed them to add a number of new cities and venues to their itinerary, which now includes no less than three concerts in Denmark.


The first of these will take place at Train in Århus on November 16th and tickets for it can be bought from Ticketmaster.dk for 170 DKK (+ fees). For more information, see the official Facebook event here.


The second one will happen at Lille VEGA on November 17th and tickets cost 235 DKK (+ fees) over at Ticketmaster.dk. More information can likewise be found in the official Facebook event.


The third show was originally meant to take place at Posten in Odense on April 08th and has been moved to November 18th instead. All tickets that have already been purchased remain valid and there are more available here for 195 DKK (+ fees). For additional details, check the official Facebook event.


Here’s how the complete routing for the tour now pans out:


November 16th - Train, Århus, DEN

November 17th - Lille VEGA, Copenhagen, DEN

November 18th - Posten, Odense, DEN

November 26th - Islington Academy, London, UK

December 01st - Hard, Porto, PRT

December 02nd - Lisboa ao Vivo, Lisboa, PRT

December 03rd - Shoko, Madrid, ESP

December 04th - Melkweg, Amsterdam, NLD

December 14th - Pralnia, Wroclaw, POL

December 15th - Drizzly Grizzly, Gdansk, POL

January 28th - Pustervik, Göteborg, SWE

January 30th - John Dee, Oslo, NOR

February 02nd - Logo, Hamburg, GER

February 03rd - Luxor, Köln, GER

February 04th - Melkweg, Amsterdam, NLD

February 06th - Z7, Pratteln, CHE

February 07th - Backstage, München, GER

February 09th - Largo, Roma, ITA

February 10th - Magazzini Generali, Milano, ITA

February 11th - Revolver, San Donà di Piave, ITA

February 12th - Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, GER

February 15th - Proxima, Warszawa, POL

February 16th - Frannz, Berlin, GER

February 18th - Fryshuset Klubben, Stockholm, SWE

February 20th - Tavastia, Helsinki, FIN

February 21st - Olympia-kortteli, Tampere, FIN


Soen will release a new album titled “Imperial” through Silver Lining Music next Friday, January 29th, the details of which were listed in our earlier news article. You can watch the official music video for the track “Monarch” from it below.


Tomahawk to release "Tonic Immobility" in March

Posted by AP on 21/01/21

The alternative metal supergroup Tomahawk — featuring Faith No More frontman Mike Patton, The Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison, Helmet drummer John Stonier and Mr. Bungle drummer Trevor Dunn — will release their first album since 2013’s “Oddfellows” through Ipecac Recordings on March 26th. Entitled “Tonic Immobility”, the effort consists of the following tracks:


01. “SHHH!”

02. “Valentine Shine”

03. “Predators and Scavengers”

04. “Doomsday Fatigue”

05. “Business Casual”

06. “Tattoo Zero”

07. “Fatback”

08. “Howlie”

09. “Eureka”

10. “Sidewinder”

11. “Recoil”

12. “Dog Eat Dog”


You can check out the artwork and pre-order the record on all formats here, while a stream of the first single “Business Casual” is available below.


Bad Religion shares new single: "Emancipation of the Mind"

Posted by AP on 20/01/21

Los Angeles, CA-resident punk rock veterans Bad Religion have shared a new single titled “Emancipation of the Mind” online below. It is a b-side recorded during the sessions for their latest album “Age of Unreason”, which came out in 2019 and was reviewed by us here.


The band will play at this year’s edition of Copenhell on Friday, June 18th. Partout tickets for the festival, which takes place at Refshaleøen in Copenhagen between June 16th and June 19th, are nearly sold out, but you can still buy one here. More information is available in the official Facebook event.


Dvne reveals details of new album "Etemen Ænka"

Posted by AP on 20/01/21

Edinburgh, United Kingdom-based progressive metal group Dvne will release a new album titled “Etemen Ænka” through Metal Blade Records on March 19th. It consists of the following tracks:


01. “Enûma Eliš”

02. “Towers”

03. “Court of the Matriarch”

04. “Weighing of the Heart”

05. “Omega Severer”

06. “Adræden”

07. “Sì-XIV”

08. “Mleccha”

09. “Asphodel”

10. “Satuya”


You can inspect the artwork and pre-order the record on a format of your choosing over at the label’s webstore, while a music video for the lead single “Sì-XIV” is available for watching below.


Ildskær debuts new single: "Blodrøde bølger"

Posted by AP on 20/01/21

Aalborg, Denmark’s black metallers Ildskær have debuted the first single from their upcoming EP “Paa dækket kalder de døde”, which will arrive via Wolfspell Records on March 22nd and the track list for which was revealed in our previous news item and which can now be pre-ordered on all formats here. The track in question is called “Blodrøde bølger” and you can check it out below.


Kali Masi to release "[laughs]" in March

Posted by AP on 20/01/21

Chicago, IL-based emo / pop-punk ensemble Kali Masi will release a new album titled “[laughs]” through Homebound Music and Take This to Heart Records on March 26th. It consists of the following songs:


01. “Still Life”

02. “Paint Me Jade”

03. “Hurts to Laugh”

04. “Guilt Like a Gun”

05. “Short Term”

06. “Long Term”

07. “Freer”

08. “Trophy Deer”

09. “Recurring (I)”

10. “The Stray”


You can take a look at the artwork and pre-order the effort on a format of your choosing here, while a music video for the latest single “Trophy Deer” is available for watching below.


Kollapse sets April release date for new album "Sult"

Posted by AP on 20/01/21

Aalborg, Denmark-based experimental hardcore punk outfit Kollapse will release a new album titled “Sult” via Fysisk Format in cooperation with Maniyax Records, Dingleberry Records and Virkelighedsfjern on April 09th. While further details about the effort are still pending, you can listen to the first single “Byrd” below, courtesy of Idioteq.


Architects release new video single: "Dead Butterflies"

Posted by AP on 20/01/21

Architects have released a new video single called “Dead Butterflies”, which you can check out below. It is part of the Brighton, United Kingdom-born metalcore heavyweights’ forthcoming album “For Those That Wish to Exist”, which will be released through Epitaph Records on February 26th and was detailed in our earlier news post.


Kings Of Leon post visualiser clip for new song "100,000 People"

Posted by AP on 20/01/21

Kings Of Leon have posted a visualiser clip for their new song “100,000 People” online below. It is taken from the Nashville, TN-based alternative rock group’s upcoming album “When You See Yourself”, which will be released through Sony Music Entertainment on March 05th and the details of which were revealed in our previous news item.


Panopticon announces new album: "...And Again into the Light"

Posted by AP on 20/01/21

The Minnesota-based atmospheric black and folk metal fusionists Panopticon will release a new album titled “…And Again into the Light” through Bindrune Recordings this coming spring, with the specific date and further details still pending. You can already listen to the closing track “Know Hope” below, courtesy of No Clean Singing, who have also done an interview with the band.


Danish fans can look forward to watching the group live at BETA in Copenhagen on October 02nd in a co-headlining setup with Winterfylleth and Alda providing support. Tickets are still available for purchase here for 240 DKK (+ fees), while more information can be found in the official Facebook event.


The show is part of a handful of postponed European dates the three bands have lined up together, the full extent of which are listed in our dates section.


Cattle Decapitation premieres "Finish Them" music video

Posted by AP on 20/01/21

Cattle Decapitation have premiered the official music video for their song “Finish Them” online below. It appears on the San Diego, CA-based progressive deathgrind unit’s latest album “Death Atlas”, which came out in 2019 and was reviewed by us here.


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