Rainbow – Down To Earth (1979) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Rainbow - Down To Earth - Album CoverBlasphemy, oh sweet blasphemy. After Rainbow‘s resounding successes Rising and Long Live Rock’n’Roll, the master decided to take a different route. Down to Earth took a much more commercial tack that sent the mainstream haters into flight mode. In other words, Dio defected and landed in the bosom of Black Sabbath as a first step. One huge ego thrust into another bunch of huge egos, wow. But – quite predictably –  not for long, ’cause he then got out of dodge relatively quickly to settle in his own gig. So, things were pretty simple back then. Right?

Well, not quite. The album should actually have a blood-red color, so sanguine were the ‘killings’ amongst the band.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Faun – Luna (2014) – Rezension

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RockmusicRaider Review - Faun - Luna - Album CoverWas bin ich froh! Da hatte ich doch schon befürchtet, dass Faun plötzlich wieder von ihrem neugefundenen guten Weg abkommen, aber zum Glück ist da nichts passiert. Das wäre äusserst schade gewesen, hätten sie jetzt wieder mit ihrem früheren Geheul angefangen. Universal sei Dank! So hat diese neue Kreation Luna von Faun durchaus guten Unterhaltungswert für das Pagan Folk Genre.

Die Produktion ist natürlich ein Spagat zwischen zwei Stilen. Oliver S. Tyr hatte versprochen alle Lieder wieder selber zu komponieren und die alten Einflüsse wieder spielen zu lassen, was mich zuerst mit einem ganz schlechten Gefühl erfüllte. Grund ist, weil dies sehr schwierig ist und einige der Kreationen hier sind in der Tat hart an der Grenze des Akzeptablen.Got hooked? Raid this some more...