Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind (1983) – Review

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Let’s face it. The ’80s were Iron Maiden‘s heyday. Alongside others, like the mighty Dio, this band truly wrote metal history. A decade that delighted us with records like The Number of the Beast, Powerslave, or again the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. All of them friggin’ heavy hitters in their own right. Talk about the creativity of a band totally unchained and in full creative vigor.

Fast forward to modern times, it is now some five years since The Book of Souls hit our turntables. And nobody knows yet when the next one … [...] Click to raid more!

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!

Scorpions – Love At First Sting (1984) – Review

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Almost 20 years down the road after the founding of the Scorpions in 1965, the 1984 album Love At First Sting marked a major peak of this famous band’s career. I still do not think it is their best album, though. 

Blackout and for sure Lovedrive really took care of this fame thing to a large extent. In other words, this new album surfed onto the shore on the gigantic waves the latter two records created so well.

And a huge tsunami it indeed proved to be. The chart and certification numbers just speak by themselves. Scorpions sold an insane [...] Click to raid more!

Scorpions – Blackout (1982) – Review

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The avalanche of new music and – for sure – new styles that became available in the ’70s and ’80s, to the early ’90s was absolutely tremendous. Metal found itself strongly on the upswing from the early ’80s onwards. Whereas Hard Rock already started to lose a lot of its shiny luster by this time.

Many of today’s well-known metal genres were in full development mode back then. This led to this crazy and fragmented metal multiverse we (do not quite) enjoy today.

The culprits?

A number of major rock bands – some still fully in action today. Names like [...] Click to raid more!