King Goat – Debt of Aeons (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - King Goat - Debt of Aeons - Album CoverThe 2016 record Conduit of King Goat already prominently featured on the RockmusicRaider blog. And all that despite of yours truly in a way. Because – at the beginning – I was not too amused with that snazzy new outpouring of doom. The record thus took its sweet time to mount in pressure and kinda reach the green zone. You know, the one that will get this reviewer to write a few words. But the band, somewhat to my surprise, finally succeeded with a pretty good rating.

Well, King Goat seem to be doomed for the same fate all over again, like some ghost that cannot move over to the other side. No pun intended – well, almost. Because the same ‘get outta here’ feeling got ahold of the RockmusicRaider deck crew when we finally got around to plug their new album in and start on it. Too much screaming at sound check will not make good music, was the first reaction. But then the record started to take on some volume, a certain unmistakable poise that will get you to listen further. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Dio – The Last in Line (1984) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dio - The Last in Line - Album CoverI know. For a long time the review horizon stayed devoid of any new Dio records. To avoid overcooking the stew and scare our fans off, I guess. But – by Loki – the temptations are sometimes just too juicy. Specifically when The Last in Line released on 2 July some 34 years ago. So, here’s to a few moments for this fanboy to gush about Dio and his travels about the early metal landscape.

The ’80s definitely were a superb decade for metal in general. And without the crystal clear voice of Ronnie-James Dio belting out lyrics, we would miss a big junk of metal lore. You can surely find fault with his earlier or later work, but fact of the matter is that he wrote metal history. First during his tenure with Rainbow, just to be found in cahoots with the folks of Black Sabbath a short while later. The first Dio album Holy Diver launched in 1983, just a few short months after his somewhat unduly hasty departure from Iommi’s troops.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Nevermore – This Godless Endeavor (2005) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor - Album CoverHere’s to an album that was described to me as the epitome of metal wizardry. The cream of the cream of all things you can expect from anything metal. The steel-clad mountain any metalhead must vanquish before they can claim to be adepts of trve metal. Well, there you go. That’s a standard to die for. Or is it, now?

And let me tell you some truth to go with that. I am not a die-hard fan of thrash metal. Much of it goes along with mindless screaming and jerking about the stage. Never mind the lyrics or any story that would fuel the tune. Or something deep that drives your shit; anything actually. Only fast, furious and loud – the nirvana of the gods of thrash. Right, Hetfield? [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!