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Best Music Of 2020

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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The Joy Formidable to release "Into the Blue" in August

Posted by AP on 7/05/21

Mold, United Kingdom’s indie rock / shoegaze fusionists The Joy Formidable have set August 20th as the official release date for their new album “Into the Blue”. It comprises the following tracks:

01. “Into the Blue”

02. “Chimes”

03. “Sevier”

04. “Interval”

05. “Farrago”

06. “Gotta Feed My Dog”

07. “Somewhere New”

08. “Bring It to the Front”

09. “Back to Nothing”

10. “Only Once”

11. “Left Too Soon”

You can view the artwork and pre-order the record on all formats here and then listen to the latest single “Back to Nothing” below.

Health & Nine Inch Nails team up on new single "Isn't Everyone"

Posted by AP on 7/05/21

Los Angeles, CA-born electro-laced noise rock outfit Health have teamed up with Nine Inch Nails on a new single called “Isn’t Everyone”, and you can check it out below. It is part of the former band’s upcoming “DISCO4 :: PART II” release, the details around which are, however, yet to be revealed.

Five Finger Death Punch shares "Darkness Settles In" music video

Posted by AP on 7/05/21

Las Vegas, NV’s alternative metal titans Five Finger Death Punch have shared the official music video for their track “Darkness Settles In” online below. It is taken from their latest album “F8”, which came out via Better Noise in 2020 and was reviewed by us here.

Timechild unveils music video for new single "And Yet It Moves"

Posted by AP on 7/05/21

Danish classic hard rock revivalists Timechild have unveiled the official music video for their new single “And Yet It Moves”, which you can check out below. It serves as the title track on the band’s upcoming début album, which will arrive via Mighty Music this coming autumn, with more details still pending.

The band will provide support for Artillery alongside Manticora at Roskilde venue Gimle on September 03rd. Tickets for the show can be bought via the venue’s website for 175 DKK a piece, while more details are available in the official Facebook event.

Year Of No Light premieres new video single: "Réalgar"

Posted by AP on 7/05/21

Year Of No Light have premiered a new video single titled “Réalgar” online below. It is the first track to arrive from the Bordeaux, France-resident post-metallers’ forthcoming album “Consolamentum”, which was detailed in our previous news story and will be released through Pelagic Records on July 02nd as their first since 2013’s “Tocsin”. Pre-orders for all formats have now been launched over at this location.

Redd Kross postpones upcoming European tour again

Posted by AP on 7/05/21

Hawthorne, CA’s glam metal / punk group Redd Kross have once again postponed their upcoming European tour — this time until the spring next year.

That means the concert at Stengade in Copenhagen will now be taking place on March 23rd, 2022 and if you already hold a ticket, it remains valid for the new date. There are also more tickets available over at Billetlugen.dk for 155 DKK (+ fees), while more details can be found in the official Facebook event.

Here’s how the full, updated itinerary for the trek pans out:

March 07th - Master, Vigo, ESP

March 08th - Wolf Life, Barcelona, ESP

March 09th - Loco, Valencia, ESP

March 10th - El Sol, Madrid, ESP

March 11th - Bastero Kulturgunea, Andoain, ESP

March 12th - Albeniz, Gijón, ESP

March 14th - Petit Bain, Paris, FRA

March 15th - Bos, Antwerpen, BEL

March 16th - headCRASH, Hamburg, GER

March 18th - Plan B, Malmö, SWE

March 19th - Krøsset, Oslo, NOR

March 20th - Frimis Salonger, Örebro, SWE

March 22nd - Debaser, Stockholm, SWE

March 23rd - Stengade, Copenhagen, DEN

March 25th - Frannz, Berlin, GER

March 26th - Arena, Wien, AUT

March 27th - Kranhalle, München, GER

March 28th - Yard, Köln, GER

March 29th - V11, Rotterdam, NLD

March 31st - Albert, Brighton, UK

April 01st - Lexington, London, UK

April 02nd - Lexington, London, UK

April 03rd - Exchange, Bristol, UK

April 05th - Brudenell, Leeds, UK

April 06th - Broadcast, Glasgow, UK

April 07th - Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

April 08th - Cluny, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

Redd Kross released their latest album “Beyond the Door” in 2019, and you can watch the official music video for the title track to that effort below.

Hear new version of August Burns Red's track "Pangaea"

Posted by AP on 7/05/21

August Burns Red have posted a new version of their track “Pangaea”, now featuring a guest appearance by Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor, online below. The track was originally released as part of the Lancaster, PA-based metalcore unit’s 2011 album “Leveler”, while this new version is included on an upcoming 10th anniversary re-issue of it. That effort will land in stores on May 21st.

(hed)p.e. announces new EP: "Sandmine"

Posted by AP on 7/05/21

Huntington Beach, CA-based rap metal veterans (hed)p.e. continue to be prolific, having just announced yet another EP called “Sandmine”, which is set to be released through Suburban Noize on July 23rd. It includes these five songs:

01. “Sandmine”

02. “False Prophet”

03. “R.T.R”

04. “Death Trip”

05. “Let Me Know”

You can take a look at the artwork and pre-order the record on various formats here, with the first single set to premiere in the coming weeks.

Kashmir postpones upcoming arena concerts until 2022

Posted by AP on 7/05/21

Frederiksberg, Denmark-born alternative / indie rock darlings Kashmir have postponed their upcoming arena concerts until 2022. You can find more information about each show by clicking on the relevant date below.

May 26th - Jyske Bank Boxen, Herning, DEN

May 27th - Royal Arena, Copenhagen, DEN

May 28th - Royal Arena, Copenhagen, DEN

The band’s most recent studio album is their 2013 effort “E.A.R.”, which we reviewed here, and you can watch the official music video for the track “Seraphina” from it below.

Ov Sulfur posts visualiser clip for new single "Bathing in the Flame"

Posted by AP on 7/05/21

Ov Sulfur — the new Las Vegas, NV-based deathcore outfit formed by ex-Suffokate vocalist Ricky Hoover — have debuted their second single, entitled “Bathing in the Flame”, and you can listen to it via the visualiser clip below. Presumably the track will be included on the group’s eventual début album.

Andrew W.K. to release "God Is Partying" in September

Posted by AP on 7/05/21

Ann Arbor, MI-based party rocker Andrew W.K. will release a new album titled “God Is Partying” through Napalm Records on September 10th. It consists of the following songs:

01. “Everybody Sins”

02. “Babalon”

03. “No One to Know”

04. “Stay True to Your Heart”

05. “Goddess Partying”

06. “I’m in Heaven”

07. “Remember Your Oath”

08. “My Tower”

09. “And Then We Blew Apart”

You can check out the artwork and pre-order the record on a format of your selection here and then watch the official music video for the latest single “I’m in Heaven” below.

Copenhell reveals first batch of artists for 2022 line-up

Posted by AP on 7/05/21

Copenhell has announced its first batch of artists for the 2022 edition of the festival taking place at Refshaleøen in Copenhagen between June 15th and June 18th next year. These include the already confirmed headliner Iron Maiden bringing their “Legacy of the Beast” tour to the main Helvíti stage, as well as 18 other artists that were originally set to play at this year's cancelled festival. Here is an overview:

Iron Maiden (uk)

Judas Priest (uk)

Bad Religion (us)

Emperor (no)

Korn (us)

Mercyful Fate (dk)

Opeth (se)

Artillery (dk)

Death To All (us)

Destruction (de)

Dog Eat Dog (us)

Gatecreeper (us)

Gloryhammer (uk)

The Hellacopters (se)

Hällas (se)

Jinjer (ua)

Knocked Loose (us)

LOK (se)

Of Mice & Men (us)

All tickets bought for either the 2020 or the 2021 edition of the festival remain valid, and it is likely that more will become available in the coming months. Keep an eye on the official Facebook event for all updates.

Suffocation & Belphegor announce co-headlining European tour in 2022

Posted by AP on 6/05/21

Long Island, NY’s brutal, technical death metal veterans Suffocation and the Salzburg, Australia-based blackened death metal mob Belphegor will team up for a co-headlining European tour next year, with Hate as their special guest.

The itinerary includes a concert at Lille VEGA in Copenhagen on March 09th, tickets for which can be bought from Ticketmaster.dk for 255 DKK (+ fees). Additional information is available in the official Facebook event.

With Necrosy and Skaphos supporting:

February 23rd - Arena, Wien, AUT

February 24th - Rockhouse, Salzburg, AUT

February 25th - Hellraiser, Leipzig, GER

February 26th - Metropool, Hengelo, NLD

February 27th - Baroeg, Rotterdam, NLD

March 03rd - Goldgrube, Kassel, GER

March 04th - ORWOhaus, Berlin, GER

March 05th - Cacaofabriek, Helmond, NLD

March 06th - Bastard, Osnabrück, GER

March 08th - Bahnhof Pauli, Hamburg, GER

March 09th - Lille VEGA, Copenhagen, DEN

March 10th - Turock, Essen, GER

With Devils Rage and Blasphemous Creation supporting:

March 11th - Kufa, Lyss, CHE

March 12th - Gare de Lion, Wil, CHE

March 13th - Jas’Rod, Marseille, FRA

March 15th - Apolo 2, Barcelona, ESP

March 16th - Mon, Madrid, ESP

March 17th - Lisboa ao Vivo, Lisboa, PRT

March 18th - Hard, Porto, PRT

March 19th - Malatesta, Santiago de Compostela, ESP

March 20th - Stage Live, Bilbao, ESP

March 22nd - TBA, Bordeaux, FRA

March 23rd - Grillen, Colmar, FRA

March 24th - Café Central, Weinheim, GER

March 25th - Rockfabrik, Übach-Palenberg, GER

March 26th - Thunder Metal Fest, Antwerpen, BEL

March 27th - Underworld, London, UK

Suffocation and Belphegor both released their most recent albums “…of the Dark Light” and “Totenritual” in 2017, and you can sample material from both records below.

Steel Panther's upcoming Danish concert postponed until June 2022

Posted by AP on 6/05/21

The Los Angeles, CA-based glam metal group Steel Panther’s concert at Train in Århus was recently postponed until June 22nd, 2022 due to continuing uncertainties surrounding the pandemic and related restrictions.

If you already hold a ticket for the show, it remains valid for the new date — and there are also more tickets available here for 320 DKK (+ fees). Further information can be found in the official Facebook event.

Steel Panther’s most recent release is their 2019 album “Heavy Metal Rules” — watch the official music video for the track “Gods of Pussy” from it by clicking over to YouTube via the below link.

VOLA posts music video for new single "These Black Claws"

Posted by AP on 6/05/21

Danish progressive metallers VOLA have posted a music video for their new single “These Black Claws” (featuring a guest appearance by the rapper Shahmen) online below. It is included on their approaching album “Witness”, which is set to be release through Mascot Records on May 21st and was detailed in our earlier news article.

Domestic fans can look forward to watching the band live at the following upcoming shows:

May 21st - Gimle, Roskilde, DEN

May 22nd - Musikhuset, Århus, DEN

May 28th - Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, DEN

May 29th - Kansas City, Odense, DEN

June 05th - Studenterhuset, Aalborg, DEN

Afsky booked for headlining Copenhagen show in June

Posted by AP on 6/05/21

Copenhagen, Denmark-based atmospheric black metal project Afsky has announced a headlining concert at Urban 13 in their hometown on June 10th, with Gabestok set to provide support.

Tickets cost 130 DKK and can be bought from Billetto.dk, while more information is available in the official Facebook event.

Afsky released an excellent album titled “Ofte jeg drømmer mig død” through Vendetta Records last year, and you can read our review of it here. Be sure to also listen to the track “Tyende sang” from it below.

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