Black Sabbath – Paranoid (1970) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Black Sabbath - Paranoid - Album CoverA new installment of the Old’n’Tasty series beckons. So, what better record to spiff this list up some than Paranoid from good ‘ol Black Sabbath. Even if its slow start did not really bode well in 1970. The album did however finally make it to quadruple platinum. But only in 1995, some 25 years later.

This is one of these records that improves with age like good red wine. And that many experts now consider a classic. But in the harsh light of reality, is it really that good? And what on earth [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Hitman starts The Offering!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Hitman - The Offering Side 1 - Album Cover

The Canadian East seems to be afloat with reckless rockers. Those in love with high octane, scratchy rock’n’roll that will just get on your good side. There must be something in the water that generates crunch and genuine oomph. But whatever the reason may be, this is jolly good news for us rock adepts.

The RockmusicRaider deck crew already came across this devil-may-care attitude with bands like the excellent Last Bullet or again Vinyl Hero. But none do it with more abandon than the Halifax-based Hitman and their first installment of an EP The Offering: [...] Click to raid more!

Dio – The Last in Line (1984) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dio - The Last in Line - Album CoverI 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 [...] Click to raid more!