Video: Holy Diver Unplugged on Deep Dark River!

RockmusicRaider Video - Deep Dark River 2018Who remembers the priest in chains flung into the roaring sea by the daemon? I do for sure. These were the times when Heavy Metal got an uplift and Holy Diver emerged. A record that – incidentally – also appeared on our first installment of the Old’n’Tasty series. Delivered by a crystal clear voice and ending up as a classic after so many years. Dio really took off with that record and the track that went with it.

Deep Dark River run by Morgan Rider (SIG:AR:TYR, Vesperia) just released this tasty cover of the track Holy Diver. As an acoustic, unplugged version, no less. And delivered in a somewhat solemn, wayward fashion by Rider and in a way that has been quite unheard of to this date.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Henry Metal – So It Hath Begun (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Henry Metal - And So It Hath Begun - Album CoverYou have records that follow you around like some sort of a ghost. They lurk in the background, hide in the corners of your auditory senses. With a sound that is kinda good, but not really good. Sturdy metal that should warrant your attention, but then again doesn’t really captivate. Because the vile mainstream raises its ugly head each time you pick up the record, out of a morass of same, same but different. Stuff we somehow heard before in a misty broth of elements loosely strung together with guitar strings. This so happened with Henry Metal and his 2107 début album So It Hath Begun.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Argus – From Fields of Fire (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Argus - From the Fields of Fire - Album CoverButch Balich was really productive in 2017. First, he managed to get on the RockmusicRaider radar with his Arduini/Balich act. And this one got a pretty good reception already. But – of course – Dawn of Ages was a side project of his as we all know.

Now he is back with his alma mater Argus and their newest concoction From Fields of Fire. After four years of wait, we finally get a new dose of really good ‘ol Heavy Metal the way it was meant to be. Meat and potatoes, the real thing. And all of that delivered with the Graham Bonnet-esque belting that always gets on the sunny side of me.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Sorcerer – The Crowning of the Fire King (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Sorcerer - The Crowning of the Fire King - Album CoverI am transfixed by sounds pouring out of my earphones. Staunch, epic metal sounds. The culprit is the Swedish band Sorcerer and their newest album The Crowning of the Fire King. Their second full length studio album. 

You will surely remember their 2015 come-back epic In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross. This one got some serious acclaim for a band that over long stretches of their (almost non-existent) career produced nothing more than a few demos and compilations. But then – bang – came this first full-length record. A totally unexpected artillery volley out of the left field some two years ago. 

The rub with a first smashing success is always the question as to how the band will top it later.Got hooked? Raid this some more...