Scorpions – Love At First Sting (1984) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Scorpions - Love At First Sting - Album CoverAlmost 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 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 number of records of Love at First Sting at a scale that is very difficult to reproduce in this day and age.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Scorpions – Blackout (1982) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Scorpions - Blackout - Album CoverThe 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 very strongly on the upswing from the early 80’s 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 Iron MaidenBlack Sabbath, Judas Priest or again UFO heftily stirred this pot of wonders. And between themselves they created a series of stellar records that are – in turn – the perfect candidates for our Old’n’Tasty series.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Album CoverDid you know that music CDs finally outsold vinyl in 1988? The CD hype was a big revolution back then. That was also the year with Ronald Reagan (the actor) in power in the US. Terrorists blowing up jumbo-jets over Scotland and American missiles bringing down a passenger plane. 

1988 also was the year of Iron Maiden‘s seventh (!) full length studio album Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. The album marked the 5th record with Bruce Dickinson at the helm for vocals since The Number of the Beast. He jumped ship later in 1993, which made the band lose a lot of popularity first and quality later. For instance, X-Factor featuring Blaze Bayley on vocals (in replacement of Dickinson) got Eddie’s flagship already quite firmly stuck on a number of cliffs.Got hooked? Raid this some more...