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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: The Riven caught a Blackbird!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - The Riven - Blackbird - Album CoverSome records just put a smile on your face. No hesitation at all to take them on and into the pipeline; and get your fingers hacking away at the keyboard. The tune just talks to you. And this is how it should be, if you feel like covering some juicy rock piece.

Well, this so happened with the début EP Blackbird from the UK-based band The Riven. Now, if you are looking for some London accent on this record, think again. Instead the band seems – at times – to step straight out of the Bourbon fueled swamps of Louisiana, where many musical delights are from.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

UFO – Lights Out (1977) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - UFO - Lights Out - Album CoverI admit, the British rock band UFO is one of my long time favorites. They have created great, great Hard Rock over time and helped pave the way into what is today called #metal. 

One of the best periods in the distinguished career of UFO are indisputably – what is commonly called – the Schenker years. Back in the ’70s, a super-gifted young lad, almost too young to be that good a guitarist joined this band led by Phil Mogg in search of a riff maker. Who better to choose than German-born Michael Schenker, a founding member of the Scorpions.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Gorilla Pulp – Peyote Queen (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Gorilla Pulp - Peyote Queen - Album CoverAh, groovy! The first track Die of Thirst just started to blast out of my headphones, taking me on a journey. Where is my snazzy headband and embroidered, henna-colored sleeveless jacket before I continue? This harkens back, way back in time to the druggy, psychedelic times Hard Rock was born out of blues and stuff.

Gorilla Pulp really adopt this pre-metal style in Peyote Queen, sponsored by Retro Vox Records. A style in fashion back in the ’70’s up to early ’80’s and delivered with an enthusiasm that is frankly refreshing. When listening to them I am constantly reminded of Black Sabbath and their very first contribution to the music world.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Sideburn – Evil or Divine (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sideburn - Evil or Divine - Album CoverRockmusicRaider is having Swedish Rock and #Metal week. We just finished a newsflash on Endbite, now hitting up on the folks from Sideburn and their 2015 album Evil or Divine. Not to be confused by the Swiss Metal band of the same name, by the way.

Sideburn are part of a very significant rock and #metal community active in the land of stellar blond chicks, even better breakfast, ever behaving citizens and stringent speed controls. Not so? Damn! So, the neat surface hides this pretty exciting underground culture? Way cool that. Some big names too: Draconian, Opeth, Meshuggah, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy – and many more.Got hooked? Raid this some more...