Hey Satan – Hey Satan (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Hey Satan - Hey Satan - Album CoverLet’s hop on a time machine. Back to the rocking ’70s, where the groove ran high and times were wild. A different brand of wild, compared to today, mind you. Where scratchy lyrics and lo-fi sounds were all the rage. Then throw in some Southern Rock for good measure. Oh, and break out those jeans, will ya. You know, the ones with them wide tubes and flowers stitched onto them. That groovy enough? Not quite yet, I agree. Because now we will need some substances. Any chemical of that era will do. And loads of cigarettes with bottles of bourbon – lots of bourbon. Now we are ready to burn down this fuzzy road into the sunset where the cacti dwell and the groove lives.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: When Heepy turns Purple!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Avi Rosenfeld - Very Heepy Very Purple VI - Album CoverI am usually not a very eager fan of tribute bands. Rehashing stuff in a style already invented can lead to no good, now can it? But some of them are good, you’ve got to give it to them. And their overall goodness ain’t coming from doing covers (as many do), but applying a style or genre to their very own production. At least in part.

The RockmusicRaider offices were in contact with the Israel-based Avi Rosenfeld for a while, and in the beginning we were sceptical. But the first listen of their newest album Very Heepy Very Purple VI kind of turned things around. The band goes full Stoner Hard Rock on you with a style harking back to Uriah Heep, Deep Purple and Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: The Riven caught a Blackbird!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - The Riven - Blackbird - Album CoverSome records just put a smile on your face. No hesitation at all to take them on and into the pipeline; and get your fingers hacking away at the keyboard. The tune just talks to you. And this is how it should be, if you feel like covering some juicy rock piece.

Well, this so happened with the début EP Blackbird from the UK-based band The Riven. Now, if you are looking for some London accent on this record, think again. Instead the band seems – at times – to step straight out of the Bourbon fueled swamps of Louisiana, where many musical delights are from.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Sideburn – Evil or Divine (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sideburn - Evil or Divine - Album CoverRockmusicRaider is having Swedish Rock and #Metal week. We just finished a newsflash on Endbite, now hitting up on the folks from Sideburn and their 2015 album Evil or Divine. Not to be confused by the Swiss Metal band of the same name, by the way.

Sideburn are part of a very significant rock and #metal community active in the land of stellar blond chicks, even better breakfast, ever behaving citizens and stringent speed controls. Not so? Damn! So, the neat surface hides this pretty exciting underground culture? Way cool that. Some big names too: Draconian, Opeth, Meshuggah, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy – and many more.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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...