Argus – From Fields of Fire (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Argus - From the Fields of Fire - Album CoverButch Balich was really productive in 2017. First, he managed to get on the RockmusicRaider radar with his Arduini/Balich act. And this one got a pretty good reception already. But – of course – Dawn of Ages was a side project of his as we all know.

Now he is back with his alma mater Argus and their newest concoction From Fields of Fire. After four years of wait, we finally get a new dose of really good ‘ol Heavy Metal the way it was meant to be. Meat and potatoes, the real thing. And all of that delivered with the Graham Bonnet-esque belting that always gets on the sunny side of me.

From Fields of Fire always reminds me of the ’80s when NWoBHM ruled mightily.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Morass of Molasses – These Paths We Tread (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Morass of Molasses - These Paths We Tread - Album CoverSometimes it feels good to drown your sorrows in stoner-esque fuzziness. Remembering times that can only be fathomed by those old enough to recall the sounds, smells and sticky feeling of sweaty underground music halls. Distorted goodness served on the holy platter of wah-wah in all its bluesy glory. This is soul healing remembrance indeed. From Zep to Black Sabbath and back we heard it all, now didn’t we? The gods of substance-induced wailing be praised. And many an old band has been down that very well-travelled road already.

Now, the good thing is that many new bands attempt to take that road still. The bad – by contrast – is the need to succeed in a genre that is pretty much sucked dry already.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Dio – Lock Up The Wolves (1990) – Review

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RockumsicRaider Review - Dio - Lock Up The Wolves - Album CoverOkay, when looking through the older records that are living in the confines of this vast collection of mine, I stumbled across Dio (the one with the spider that came along). Good, old and heartwarming Heavy Metal. One of my favorite suppliers of good, crunchy and relaxing Night Music. Long time no hear, by the way, as I was much concentrating on the new age metal stuff that keeps on getting thrown at us.

Founded by Ronnie James Dio after his departure from Black Sabbath (yes, the Ozzy, Tony and Geezer one) in 1982 together with Vinnie Appice, they went on to build a remarkable career with their own outfit called Dio. Understandable choice of name, but nevertheless not super-creative in terms of increased excitement.Got hooked? Raid this some more...