Dio – The Last in Line (1984) – Review

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I 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, [...] Click to raid more!

Scorpions – Love At First Sting (1984) – Review

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Almost 20 years down the road after the founding of the Scorpions in 1965, the 1984 album Love At First Sting marked a major peak of this famous band’s career. I still do not think it is their best album, though. 

Blackout and for sure Lovedrive really took care of this fame thing to a large extent. In other words, this new album surfed onto the shore on the gigantic waves the latter two records created so well.

And a huge tsunami it indeed proved to be. The chart and certification numbers just speak by themselves. [...] Click to raid more!

Iron Maiden – Powerslave (1984) – Review

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Do you want to find out how real Heavy Metal sounds like? I mean the genuine, down-to-the-ground, bony metal beat. Then just go for Iron Maiden‘s Powerslave.

And yes, I know it is old. But who are we kidding? This is the real thing. From back in the age where metal was metal. With none of that gazillion of different names and nuances to every damn metal sound, someone wanted to play. 

However stellar metal was already on the menu, but just barely. Just consider the somewhat greasy chart environment at that time: Laura Branigan, Cindie Lauper, Yes, … [...] Click to raid more!