Herbstschatten – Abschaum (2020) – Review

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Gaia good, humanity bad. So bad.

That’s how one could generalize the new record Abschaum (scum) of the German band Herbstschatten (autumn shadow). This seems to be a recurring theme often found in Germany and – indeed – further North, especially around Norway. Pun intended.

An expression of an apparent feeling of doom with more terrors still to come is pretty prevalent over there. With humanity being the scum that must be purged from the pristine swathes of earthy splendor. Or – at worst – everyone should start to live in huts in the forest all over again. … [...] Click to raid more!

AC/DC – Power Up (2020) – Review

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It’s jolly good that RockmusicRaider‘s scope is wider than the old gods allow. To cover metal, rock, and folk in one giant sweep indeed gives us leeway larger than the swagger of Mick Jagger. So, in this sense, we can easily take on pieces that were not forged in the steely metal mills that other reviewers oblige themselves to operate in.

Instead, we can freely go to those places where rock’n’roll is still dirty, blazing hot, and the lyrics are steamy. Of a time-tested brand that never really changes. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.… [...] Click to raid more!

Uriah Heep – Remembering Ken Hensley!

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Some pieces of news render me thoughtful and mellow. One of these was the passing of Ken Hensley on 4 November 2020, a key and founding member of Uriah Heep with a tenure of 10 years. A short while ago, we already had to digest the demise of Lee Kerslake after a long illness, and now this. Truly, 2020 will not stay in our memory as a good year.

Hensley left a mighty footprint during his time with the Heep people. It would be a moot point to list all of the works from 1970 to 19801), there … [...] Click to raid more!

Dirty Sound Magnet – Live Alert (2020) – Review

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For long years, the RMR deck crew was not very fond of covers. Often, that song somebody else wrote turns out to be worse for wear. And some of them are truly pathetic. Ain’t it, Krokus1)?

But then, along came a few bands that impressed us. Covers can actually be good, and some are even much better than the original. So, the tide against them copies of stuff other people already whelped once slowly changed.

Now, imagine you have a pandemic on your hands, a parallel universe of sorts. One that finds large parts of the … [...] Click to raid more!