Dio – Sacred Heart – 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. … [...] Click to raid more!

Ghost Avenue – Even Angels Fail (2020) – Review

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Let’s break a lance for Heavy Metal. Since NWoBHM left the building, this style kinda went out of fashion. Call me a snob, but I still relish the times when metal was easy. You didn’t have to worry about a gazillion of silly styles that the fucking purists of the movement dearly wish to imprint on ye.

So, the RMR deck crew really relishes every band that still navigates in the goodies the ’80s brought forward, when Hard Rock grew stale and the new metal was sexy. The Norwegians from Ghost Avenue are one of those … [...] Click to raid more!

Murray? Who the hell is Murray?

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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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 … [...] Click to raid more!

Uriah Heep – The Magician’s Birthday (1972) – Review

Last updated on 20 February 2021

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Ah, it’s time for another one, ain’t it? A long time has passed since our last Heep review. And what better times than these difficult ones to write a new piece on one of the most underrated rock bands of all time.

And – of course – what immediately comes to mind is the year 1972. That is when the breakthrough record Demons and Wizards hit the shelves with a vengeance. And – more importantly – when Uriah Heep boasted one of their strongest lineups ever. David Byron, Ken Hensley, Mick Box[...] Click to raid more!