Splintered Throne – The Greater Good of Man (2022) – Review

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The RMR crew has a weakness. It’s not going after everything ancient mariners did for once, old pirates included. But it’s definitely lusting after the good ol’ and long-lost world of traditional Heavy Metal. And come to think of it, both are actually connected in some way. This was a time when metal wasn’t splintered into a gazillion fiercely defended fiefdoms. But it just came as a monoblock, kind of the counterweight to the almighty Hard Rock thing. Metal souls easily served, right? This is what turned those music halls into sweaty cauldrons, believe it or not.

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Dio – Sacred Heart (1985) – Review

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Loved by many, hated by some. Dio‘s 1985 epic Sacred Heart really split the fan base in more ways than one. Remember, Dio released the excellent The Last in Line just barely one year prior to this one. And went on to hit the stage in 1987 with the smasher Dream Evil1) that still resides high up on RMR’s playlist to this day.

Ronnie James Dio took off like a rocket with his new outfit in 1983 after his secretive departure from the confines of Iommi’s Black Sabbath, some pretty turbulent times of Heaven and Hell alright. The … [...] Click to raid more!

Murray? Who the hell is Murray?

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It’s no secret that Dio has a pretty sturdy following at RMR. Which netted this particular artist a few pretty long reviews already.

So, whenever our crew got to work on this band, we inevitably stumbled across this horned figure. This terrible being that waves those devil’s horns at you, same as Dio himself always did. But – by Loki’s miserable minions – nobody quite knew who or what Murray really was.

But let’s take a step back for a moment. Dio rose to fame in the ’80s, after some remarkable stints with outfits like Rainbow and – yes – … [...] Click to raid more!

Old’n’Tasty Records @ RockmusicRaider – Vol. III

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As you may know, RockmusicRaider also reviews older records, often from the ’70s and ’80s of the last century. For the simple reason that we still have a lot of great material, sometimes real pioneer work, which should never be forgotten.

The RMR crew already published the Old’n’Tasty volumes I & II earlier. And now is the time for a new installment, with a number of records that took our fancy. As always, this is in no way a ranking, but simply a selection of great albums that crossed our path.

Let’s begin!

Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime

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