Newsflash: On Top gets Top Dollar!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - On Top - Top Dollar - Album CoverWasn’t I just cruisin’ along these older and newer Hard Rock and Heavy Metal records? Boring down well-worn wormholes to them offerings always does my soul good. And stellar rock and metal they used to produce and still do to this day.

So, surfing about my review pipeline later I came across a sound reminiscent to what I just heard. On Top is their name and their new EP Top Dollar is their game. And by Jove, they come along with a remarkable swagger, throwing their Heavy Metal and Hard Rock infused rock’n’roll at you with a vengeance. A fair dose of Iron Maiden, some (and only some) thrashy snazziness of Metallica and a hint of Dio.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

The New Roses – One More For The Road (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - The New Roses - One More for the Road - Album CoverThere’s a new wave going on. Some sort of a tsunami of bands of the gritty, down’n’dirty rock kind. Occupying spots US bands usually liked to sit on. And hearing them you would bet your money that they live around the dusty roads on the Mid to the South West.

Think again. Many of them have seen the US from afar at best.  And you just wasted all your stereo power amps cruising along this Western highway. On some guys who were not born with stetsons on their heads and cowboy boots on their feet. Damn. 

We are talking about The New Roses. And clearly, the accent, energy levels and tough guy attitude fit.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: 80-69-64 – Magic code By Last Bullet!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Last Bullet - 80-69-64 - Album CoverI think the Canadians have a penchant for the South. It really looks that way. And who can blame them. Would you want to stay in the cold North when sun drenched highways, whiskey galore, bikes, dusty bars and hot chicks beckon you? Well, whilst most stay put, they at least portray this Southern Rock feeling through their tune. RockmusicRaider already covered bands like the folks from Vinyl Hero or others screaming about the soundscape in best Mad Max fashion. Albeit not from this genre. 

Now, some folks make me want to break out the next bottle of bourbon when I start on their music.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Pyroxene issue an EP!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Pyroxene - EP - Album CoverQuirky, experimental bands often get a lot of face time around the RMR officescape. It is just refreshing to see bands come in and offer a new spin on overused genres in the metal multiverse. The Slovenians Pyroxene do just that with their newest concoction. Even if they did not demonstrate a great lot of creativity by calling their EP – well – EP. The record is signed to the Finnish label Inverse Records.

Creativity will however arrive at your doorstep once you start on the first track. Energy levels going up straight away with Fireborn, the band happily mixes Hard Rock with Heavy Metal, throwing in some stoner and bluesy elements throughout the record.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...