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

RockmusicRaider - Old n Tasty - Old Rock and Metal of all kindsDid 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 start to get kinda old, many of them are still alive and kicking. And – they continue to make great music. But not only that. Their fame is such that some made it onto the 10 Most Popular Posts @ RockmusicRaider. And this for records way older than 40 years or so. So talk about an absolutely amazing reach. Let’s step in and find out what has been old’n’tasty lately at the RMR offices. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Dio – Holy Diver (1983) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dio - Holy Diver - Album CoverWhen – 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 infights 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 opiniated to a point, I can only imagine how these fights got underway and were somewhat impossible to resolve. So, once the chicken came to roost, it is only logical that Dio had to leave – or else.

But there was more. True shenanigans!

The main reason hinted back in time were rumors about mixing and remixing schemes of pre-produced tracks, the unauthorized kind in cloak-and-dagger actions during foggy nights. Of course, one party accused and the other denied, what have you. So, by and large it was an unhappy departure. This is all a long time past and water well under the bridge as we say. And whatever it was, we ended up with a new stellar player in the metal universe. Very interestingly, the new band Dio emerged this same year and – lo and behold – their first album Holy Diver appeared shortly thereafter in 1983. Quite a feat following such a hasty departure.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Krokus – Headhunter (1983) – Review

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KRockmusicRaider Review - Krokus - Album Coverrokus spawned a few remarkable records in their early days. Names like Pay It In Metal, Hardware, Metal Rendez-Vous (with which yours truly felt the vampire pull of this band) come to mind. And 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 a word to the album cover: The metal skull and bones together with the name Headhunter is just superb. A fitting visual to a very metal album. The disc also features its very own epic spicy stories: For instance, Chris Von Rohr got himself fired from Krokus later in 1983. Or it was his loose mouth and some Machiavellian machinations from management that led to his demise at that time. But nothing is forever and Chris is now – in 2015 – firmly ensconced back in the old, new formation, moins Fernando Von Arb. Headhunter hit Platinum status in the US and got to 28 in the Billboard 200.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!