Newsflash: Sound Of A Broken Heart by HDAW!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Heroes Don't Ask Why - HDAW - Sound of a Broken Heart - Album CoverRarely and usually completely out of the blue, you get these refreshing blurbs of rock and metal that will make you keep your faith in modern music. True, there were no real breakthroughs anymore lately in terms of new styles. But then bands with promise continue to come along. Those who know how to string elements together just right and forge a blazing hot slab of rock. Slap Betty or Last Bullet were just two of them out of many that made it onto the RMR blog page for that very reason.

Now, the Finnish band Heroes Don’t Ask Why – short HDAW – just lit up our music detection gear like the proverbial Christmas tree when the Grinch floats by. The band’s newest EP Sound of a Broken Heart storms forward in a somewhat Sabaton-ical frenzy and won’t let up until the bitter end. The disc sports a strange mix of thrashy Power Metal and slow acoustically led parts. All this comes with a serving of sludgy and kinda punky rock. Complete with a set of pretty sturdy metal solos. HDAW‘s ability to instantaneously switch from blazing hot metal and molten lava rock to velvet soft acoustics provides the icing on this particularly rocky cake.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Rainbow – Rising (1976) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Rainbow - Rising - Album CoverIt is funny how hindsight vision 20/20 is clear and precise. Back in time Rainbow and their second full length record Rising did – at first – not garner a lot of heightened attention. It really did not – apart from a tight circle of rock nerds perhaps. The sound was good, damn straight, but not stellar. ‘Yet Another Decent Hard Rock Record’ as we would say today.

It is also true that Rainbow was ever present and blasting out of a multitude of loudspeakers. But so was Status Quo and many others. Yet still, Rising kind of had the nerve to stick itself to your neurons. And somehow followed you around big time until you gave in and got a copy. So, how come that we have this contradiction in terms? A slow start to what turned out to be a jewel in the history of rock in the eyes of many? [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Hey Satan – Hey Satan (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Hey Satan - Hey Satan - Album CoverLet’s hop on a time machine. Back to the rocking ’70s, where the groove ran high and times were wild. A different brand of wild, compared to today, mind you. Where scratchy lyrics and lo-fi sounds were all the rage. Then throw in some Southern Rock for good measure. Oh, and break out those jeans, will ya. You know, the ones with them wide tubes and flowers stitched onto them. That groovy enough? Not quite yet, I agree. Because now we will need some substances. Any chemical of that era will do. And loads of cigarettes with bottles of bourbon – lots of bourbon. Now we are ready to burn down this fuzzy road into the sunset where the cacti dwell and the groove lives.

This is where the Swiss rock trio Hey Satan and their self-titled debut album comes in. They feature some sort of stoner-laden Heavy Rock, a brand of no-nonsense, down-to-earth rock’n’roll that will just warm your heart and soul. And the stoner bug really bit them hard. The band filled their disc with a very powerful brand of Stoner and Hard Rock, spurted out through two screaming guitars and honest drum work. No bass, though, ’cause bass is for wusses. Right?  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!