Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime (1988) – Review

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At first, we got confused with Operation: Mindcrime of Queensrÿche. How come a record sounds so ’80s when the label says that it is made in 2003?

Okay, our bad, the researcher somehow did not connect the dots correctly. This was when the remaster happened. But the original record indeed dates back to 1988. So, all’s well in metal universe again.

Yet confusion does suit this band well. It snugly goes together with the hullabaloo around Geoff Tate in 2012, a time when the band fired him along with his wife and others of family and friends. They probably … [...] Click to raid more!

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

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After the ’90s disasters that 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, the RMR crew decided to give this band another try.

Undoubtedly, The Book of Souls is typical Iron Maiden and it may turn out to be one of their better albums. But it 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 … [...] Click to raid more!

Iron Maiden – Powerslave (1984) – Review

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Do you want to find out what 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 when 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!

Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast (1982) – Review

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Some two years after AC/DC’s attempt to fame with Back in Black came along a newly empowered – or should I say emboldened – Iron Maiden with their own stellar album The Number of the Beast.

Success was far from certain at that time. The band just rid themselves of their vocalist Paul Di’Anno and replaced him with Bruce Dickinson. Then they adapted the songwriting style to the vocal powers of the new lead.

As it turned out, this record was THE major kick-off that launched this band on a course to fame that still continues to this day.

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