Let’s face it. The ’80s were Iron Maiden‘s heyday. Alongside others, like the mighty Dio, this band truly wrote metal history. A decade that delighted us with records like The Number of the Beast, Powerslave, or again the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. All of them friggin’ heavy hitters in their own right. Talk about the creativity of a band totally unchained and in full creative vigor.
I never quite knew that the space cowboys of Gloryhammer already got bested before they even existed. And by a Heavy Metal band to boot, not from the folks of the Power Metal realm.
In other words, I stumbled across a band that indulges in a screamy, old and often somewhat stubbornly conformist style. A genre that seems to be on a downward slide since NWoBHM left the stage. It’s gone, they said. Never to come back, they said.
Yet, Battle Beast‘s Steel really proves them all wrong, and tramples right over everything it encounters. … [...] Click to raid more!
At first, we got confused with Operation: Mindcrime of Queensrÿche. How come a record sounds so ’80s when the label says that it is made in 2003?
Okay, our bad, the researcher somehow did not connect the dots correctly. This was when the remaster happened. But the original record indeed dates back to 1988. So, all’s well in metal universe again.
Yet confusion does suit this band well. It snugly goes together with the hullabaloo around Geoff Tate in 2012, a time when the band fired him along with his wife and others of family … [...] Click to raid more!
I know. For a long time, the review horizon stayed devoid of any new Dio records. To avoid overcooking the stew and scare our fans off, I guess. But – by Loki – the temptations are sometimes just too juicy. Specifically when The Last in Line released on 2 July some 34 years ago. So, here’s to a few moments for this fanboy to gush about Dio and his travels about the early metal landscape.
The ’80s definitely were a superb decade for metal in general. And without the crystal clear voice of Ronnie-James Dio belting out lyrics, … [...] Click to raid more!