Rainbow – Rising (1976) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Rainbow - Rising - Album Cover It 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: When Heepy turns Purple!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Avi Rosenfeld - Very Heepy Very Purple VI - Album Cover I 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 skeptical. But the first listen of their newest album Very Heepy Very Purple VI[...] Click to raid more!

Black Sabbath – Heaven And Hell (1980) – Review

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Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell Album Cover At just some 40 minutes of air-time and a meager 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 will really open heaven’s gates on this disk. But be this as it may, there definitely is improvement on this album, and this on several fronts at [...] Click to raid 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 meager, 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 [...] Click to raid more!