Tuonela Magazine’s Annual Staff Picks: Katha’s Edition

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Now that the year 2020 is coming to a close, we at Tuonela Magazine, want to share what releases we enjoyed the most. Each of our staff members will share their own lists, here is the list of Katha

How to sum up 2020? This year had its very own challenges for each of us and was definitely different than we all expected. Musically speaking, I have mixed feelings while looking back: the cancellation of the festival season and thousands of concerts hit the whole scene hard. Caused by this, live streams became popular and offered new opportunities for bands and fans. On the other side, 2020 was great thanks to the incredible number of high-quality albums in an outstanding variety. While some of my highly anticipated releases couldn’t fully convince me, I discovered many new gems that found their way into my heart and became part of my very special soundtrack this year. Here’s a little selection, welcome to check them out.

Top 10 International albums

10. Luna’s Call – Void
9. Vulkan – Technatura 
8. Haken – Virus
7. Aether Realm – Redneck Vikings from Hell
6. The Reticent – The Oubliette
5. Memories of Old – The Zeramin Game
4. Jester’s Tears – Perception
3. Paul Wardingham – Day Zero: Rise of the Horde
2. Pyramid Theorem – Beyond the Exosphere
1. Novena – Eleventh Hour

Read more: Interview with Haken, REVIEW: Haken – Virus, REVIEW: Pyramid Theorem – Beyond the Exosphere

Top 10 Finnish albums

10. I Am Your God – The Resurrection
9. Mygrain – V
8. Slow Fall – Beneath the Endless Rains
7. Wolfheart – Wolves of Karelia
6. Waltari – Global Rock
5. Mors Subita – Extinction Era 
4. Kenziner – Phoenix
3. Zhakiah – Where the Light will Thread
2. Medicated – Descension
1. Mors Principium Est – Seven

Read more: REVIEW: I Am Your God – The Resurrection, Interview with I Am Your God, REVIEW: myGRAIN – V, Interview with myGRAIN, REVIEW: Wolfheart – Wolves of Karelia, REVIEW: Mors Subita – Extinction Era, Interview with Mors Subita, REVIEW: Medicated – Descension

Top 3 EPs

3. Osyron – Foundations
2. Lord – Chaos Raining
1. Daughter Chaos – Daughter Chaos

Best livestream concert

UK Tech-Fest at Home 2020

Most promising act

Novena

Top 5 music videos

5. Noveria – Stronger Than Before

4. Sepultura – Guardians of Earth

3. Wartooth – Wired to Die

2. Novena – Sun Dance 

1. Defecto – All for you 

Top 5 lyric videos

5. Memories of Old – The Land of Xia

4. Aether Realm – Slave to the Riff

3. Aeolian – Momentum

2. Thoughts Factory – Our Kingdom

1. Soen – Antagonist

Top 5 international songs

5. Memories of Old – Fowlen’s Revenge
4. Jester’s Tears – Scream into Darkness
3. Haken – Prosthetic
2. Pyramid Theorem – Beyond the Exosphere
1. Novena – Prison Walls

Read more: Interview with Haken, REVIEW: Haken – Virus, REVIEW: Pyramid Theorem – Beyond the Exosphere

Top 5 Finnish songs

5. Slow Fall – Across the Cold 
4. Waltari – Postrock 
3. Zhakiah – Where the Light will Thread
2. Medicated – Deliverance
1. Mors Principium Est – A Day for Redemption

Read more: REVIEW: Medicated – Descension

Top 5 best last-minute songs

5. Avandra – Celestial Wreath

4. The Advent Equation – Patterns of Spiraling Reality

3. TDW – The Pulse


2. 3 Rules – Creature

1. Wheel – Movement

Top 5 cover art

5. Thoughts Factory – Elements

4. Nygmalion – Deluminate

3. Countless Skies – Glow

2. Luna’s Call – Void

1. Aeolian – The Negationist

Best collaboration

Sacred Outcry – Damned for all Time ft. Yannis Papadopoulos

Top 5 most anticipated releases of 2021

5. Liquid Tension Experiment – LTE3
4. Theory – Untitled
3. Wheel – Resident Human 
2. Michael Romeo – War of the Worlds Pt.2
1. Poem – Untitled

Read more: Interview with Poem

Want to share your lists with us? Comment below with your lists.

The whole Tuonela Magazine team wishes you an inspirational 2021 filled with a lot of new music to discover. We hope to see you back next year!

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