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. [...] Click to raid 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 [...] Click to raid 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Iron Maiden – Powerslave (1984) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Iron Maiden Powerslave - Album CoverDo you wanna find out how 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 kiddin’? This is the real thing, back in the age where we did not have a gazillion of different names and nuances to every friggin’ metal (or not so metal) sound someone wanted to play. And no cell phones, internet of any value, Spotify by far not invented yet. You name it. 

However stellar Metal was already [...] Click to raid more!