Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind (1983) – Review

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Let’s face it. The ’80s were Iron Maiden‘s heyday. Alongside others, like the mighty Dio, this band truly wrote metal history. A decade that delighted us with records like The Number of the Beast, Powerslave, or again the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. All of them friggin’ heavy hitters in their own right. Talk about the creativity of a band totally unchained and in full creative vigor.

Fast forward to modern times, it is now some five years since The Book of Souls hit our turntables. And nobody knows yet when the next one … [...] Click to raid more!

Old’n’Tasty Records @ RockmusicRaider – Vol. I

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Did you know that RockmusicRaider covered many old(er) Rock and Metal records over time? No? We did. And will continue – as time allows – to add more to this specific endeavour.

The performance of bands in the ’70s and ’80s brought about some absolute classics that many enjoy to this day. Be it now in a Progressive Rock arena or the early stages of Heavy Metal or any other sub-genre for that matter. All of these bands contributed to the musical soundscape we find ourselves in today.

And to top all this, whilst all of the original band members [...] Click to raid more!

Dio – Holy Diver (1983) – Review

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When – in 1982 – Ronnie James Dio defected from Black Sabbath and got his own band in a tearing hurry, we were all kind of scratching our heads. Not knowing where this was all going to end. Of course, also counting the fact that Vinnie Appice took off with him on this flight from the witches.

The vapors surrounding their somewhat abrupt departure were pregnant with disconsolate news. About infighting at Black Sabbath, all about power and who should be calling the shots. And am I not surprised: The alpha-males assembled were probably incapable to let go and work together. All severely opinionated to [...] Click to raid more!

Krokus – Headhunter (1983) – Review

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Krokus spawned a few remarkable records in their early days. Names like Pay It In Metal, Hardware (to a lesser extent), Metal Rendez-Vous still resound to this day. The latter caused this reviewer to seriously veer towards this band, by the way. And it makes sweaty, rocky concerts in “the pit” come back to memory.

But nothing mentioned before really blew the true Heavy Metal record Headhunter of 1983 out of the water, their 7th studio album. Not equaled then, and not ever since. And – clearly – the record was a true forerunner to what was to become speed and thrash. Metallica was already at it, but this was early stages.[...] Click to raid more!