Scorpions – Blackout (1982) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Scorpions - Blackout - Album CoverThe 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 very 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 Iron MaidenBlack Sabbath, Judas Priest or again UFO heftily stirred this pot of wonders. And between themselves they created a series of stellar records that are – in turn – the perfect candidates for our Old’n’Tasty series. But those were of course not the only gigs active in this development.

You have other bands like the German Scorpions that probably had an equal impact on the development of rock and metal. Yet the international coverage they enjoyed was by far less intense than what – for example – Black Sabbath suffered. Even if the Scorpions went on to become a multi-platinum act that keeps going strong to this day – after some 50 years of activity. On top they boast a list of distinctions long like all the beards of ZZ Top stitched together. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

UFO – Lights Out (1977) – Review


In truth, the British Hard Rock band 'UFO' is one of my long time favorites. They have created great, great Hard Rock  sound and paved the way into what is today called Metal. 

One a 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.

UFO – Obsession (1978) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - UFO - Obsession - Album CoverObsession is the last album of what is commonly called the Schenker years in the UFO discography. Michael Schenker enjoyed a relatively short, but intense career for his first stint with UFO. Starting with Phenomenon in 1974 and ending it – from a standpoint of studio album releases – with Obsession in 1978. He for sure put his stamp on UFO and all that stuff they were able to produce in this relatively short time frame. He actually returned to the fold in 1993 for a short time – many years later.

And you know what? They did it again. Obsession is again different from Lights Out. I would say more varied. Also a bit less focus on Paul Raymond‘s keyboard interludes that became famous in tracks like Love to Love in the aforementioned album. I am still having shivers down my spine listening to that one. Mind you, he is still there on keyboard and at stellar levels.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!