Newsflash: When Heepy turns Purple!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Avi Rosenfeld - Very Heepy Very Purple VI - Album CoverI am usually not a very eager fan of tribute bands. Rehashing stuff in a style already invented can lead to no good, now can it? But some of them are good, you’ve got to give it to them. And their overall goodness ain’t coming from doing covers (as many do), but applying a style or genre to their very own production. At least in part.

The RockmusicRaider offices were in contact with the Israel-based Avi Rosenfeld for a while, and in the beginning we were sceptical. But the first listen of their newest album Very Heepy Very Purple VI kind of turned things around. The band goes full Stoner Hard Rock on you with a style harking back to Uriah Heep, Deep Purple and Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Black Sabbath – Heaven And Hell (1980) – Review

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Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell Album CoverAt just some 40 minutes of air-time and a meagre 8 tracks, with a new front man the band just hired off The Rainbow bar on the Sunset Strip in L.A., a record really needed to be good. The classic and 9th studio album Heaven and Hell from Black Sabbath will qualify – to an extent. And yes, to an extent only. ‘Tis not all great and shiny disco lights! Not all tracks qualify to open heaven’s gate on this disc. But be this as it may, there definitely is improvement on this album, and this on several fronts at once. More to that later.

Ronnie James Padavone aka Dio was hired to pull this supposedly foundering ship called Black Sabbath off its moorings and into the deep sea where it belonged.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Bear Bone Company – Bear Bone Company (2015) – Review

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Bear Bone Company - 2015Well, you gotta give it to them: The Swedish band Bear Bone Company have got a swagger, making them strut around the scene to a point that they risk stumbling over themselves. Holy Cow! When I saw their somewhat meagre, but decidedly juicy bio, I thought this better be THAT good. And you know what? I kinda like it.

The band joins us from Örebro in Sweden, but got a real California gone New Orleans look and feel. Or is it the fish salad at breakfast, very common in Sweden that causes this? The band formed back in 2012 and they are now ready to go full length for the first time.Got hooked? Raid this some 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 infights at Black Sabbathall about power and who should be calling the shots.

But the main reason hinted back in time were rumors about mixing and remixing schemes of pre-produced tracks, the unauthorized kind in cloak-and-dagger actions during foggy nights.Got hooked? Raid this some more...