Thought Machine: Free music for all. Right?

The Thought Machine - RockmusicRaider - Cool Guitar 2016Succeeding and – indeed – thriving in the music industry is hard, real hard. Many bands out there are trying to eek out a living from the music they create, but very few make a decent amount of cash off their efforts. As in sustaining the operation.

And we are usually not talking bad quality music neither, mind you: Often this is really good stuff coming my way from little known bands. Amazingly good.

The same goes – by the way – with reviewers and other suppliers of added services. So here many of them often find themselves between a rock and a hard place as far as paying the bills is concerned.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Marauder – Bullethead (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Marauder - Bullethead - Album CoverVocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, drums – zero keyboards. Hmm! This would usually be the recipe of which Heavy Metal is made of? And truly so, the Greek band Marauder graces us with their 6th full length studio album Bullethead carved out of a block of solid, steely #metal.

Their brand of Heavy and Power Metal really cuts it down to bare bones only – most of the time. Riffs, licks and solos evoking memories of Iron Maiden without the screams of Bruce Dickinson, delivered in a somewhat scratchy, gruff way to boot by the new front man Nikos (Mygas) Antonogiannakis, taking over from Alexandros Kostarakos.Got hooked? Raid this some 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 since the last record came out?Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Iron Maiden – Powerslave (1984) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Iron Maiden Powerslave - Album CoverDo you wanna 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 kiddin’? This is the real thing, back in the age where we did not have a gazillion of different names and nuances to every friggin’ metal (or not so metal) sound someone wanted to play. And no cell phones, internet of any value, Spotify by far not invented yet. You name it. 

However stellar Metal was already on the menu. And consider the somewhat greasy chart environment at that time: Laura Branigan, Cindie Lauper, Yes, Duran Duran, Eurythmics (I think I am growing delirious..). Got hooked? Raid this some more...