Scorpions – Love At First Sting (1984) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Scorpions - Love At First Sting - Album Cover 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 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. Scorpions sold an insane number [...] Click to raid more!

Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Iron Maiden Book of Souls - Album CoverAfter the ’90s disasters Iron Maiden got themselves into with weak records all along these years, I grew discouraged and dropped them pretty much from my Metal radar. But now – after some investigation into the 2000s records – decided to give it another try.

And I am mighty glad I did. 

Undoubtedly, The Book of Souls is Iron Maiden at its finest, but their 16th studio album also comes away with a twist.

The style is definitely slower and a little heavier. Are they getting older? A tad too much beer brewing or airplane flying in the five years [...] Click to raid more!

AC/DC – Rock or Bust (2014) – Review

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Back to the future! This is what comes to mind when listening to this newest concoction of our favorite rockers from AC/DC from down under. Similar to other albums, this really starts to sound like some Krokus production gone to Australia – some Hoodoo right there.

Cookie-cutter style, nicely built and very solid Hard Rock of the Heavy Metal kind, with down-to-earth riffs. Of which some of them seem to have matured some more since we last heard them in a studio album back in 2008.

Rock or Bust is nothing more than your usual AC/DC holiday turkey with some [...] Click to raid more!

Krokus – Hoodoo (2010) – Review

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Well, well! Who would have thought that Krokus would ever again get together and produce a new album called Hoodoo! This really was a great surprise back in 2010. And then with such a rocky Heavy Metal piece! 

Of course, the Swiss Heavy Metal band Krokus would not be themselves when they would not sound like AC/DC in their Bon Scott heyday. Only this time this style direction is much more pronounced than in former productions. 

Now, Mark Storace still has it in him. The old fire still ablaze, albeit a bit quieter than a few years [...] Click to raid more!