Scorpions – Lovedrive (1979) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Scorpions - Lovedrive - Album CoverIt was the album art that drew me to this particular Scorpions album at first. Yeah, the sticky finger one. Of the guy who wanted to go a-touching, and paid the ultimate price. In a truly adolescent setting to boot.

These were the times of all kinds of surreal shit on album covers. And much more provocative ones than this one, too. This delicious rebel streak is long gone, unfortunately, and replaced by whitewashed rosiness of uniform political correctness. And some of them covers were decidedly tasty.

Oh, and did I mention it? Quite unsurprisingly and as always, the cover [...] Click to raid more!

Scorpions – Love At First Sting (1984) – Review

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Almost 20 years down the road after the founding of the Scorpions in 1965, the 1984 album Love At First Sting marked a major peak of this famous band’s career. I still do not think it is their best album, though. 

Blackout and for sure Lovedrive really took care of this fame thing to a large extent. In other words, this new album surfed onto the shore on the gigantic waves the latter two records created so well.

And a huge tsunami it indeed proved to be. The chart and certification numbers just speak by themselves. [...] Click to raid more!

Scorpions – Blackout (1982) – Review

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The avalanche of new music and – for sure – new styles that became available in the ’70s and ’80s, to the early ’90s was absolutely tremendous. Metal found itself strongly on the upswing from the early 80’s onwards. Whereas Hard Rock already started to lose a lot of its shiny luster by this time.

Many of today’s well-known metal genres were in full development mode back then. This led to this crazy and fragmented metal multiverse we (do not quite) enjoy today.

The culprits?

A number of major rock bands – some still fully in action today. Names like [...] Click to raid more!

Dio – Holy Diver (1983) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dio - Holy Diver - Album CoverWhen – in 1982 – Ronnie James Dio defected from Black Sabbath and got his own band in a tearing hurry, we were all kind of scratching our heads. Not knowing where this was all going to end. Of course also counting the fact that Vinnie Appice took off with him on this flight from the witches.

The vapors surrounding their somewhat abrupt departure were pregnant with disconsolate news. About infighting at Black Sabbath, all about power and who should be calling the shots. And am I not surprised: The alpha-males assembled were probably incapable to let go and [...] Click to raid more!