Dio – Sacred Heart (1985) – Review

Last updated on 18 September 2021

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Loved by many, hated by some. Dio‘s 1985 epic Sacred Heart really split the fan base in more ways than one. Remember, Dio released the excellent The Last in Line just barely one year prior to this one. And went on to hit the stage in 1987 with the smasher Dream Evil1) that still resides high up on RMR’s playlist to this day.

Ronnie James Dio took off like a rocket with his new outfit in 1983 after his secretive departure from the confines of Iommi’s Black Sabbath, some pretty turbulent … [...] Click to raid more!

Murray? Who the hell is Murray?

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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It’s no secret that Dio has a pretty sturdy following at RMR. Which netted this particular artist a few pretty long reviews already.

So, whenever our crew got to work on this band, we inevitably stumbled across this horned figure. This terrible being that waves those devil’s horns at you, same as Dio himself always did. But – by Loki’s miserable minions – nobody quite knew who or what Murray really was.

But let’s take a step back for a moment. Dio rose to fame in the ’80s, after some remarkable stints with outfits … [...] Click to raid more!

Rainbow – Down To Earth (1979) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Rainbow - Down To Earth - Album Cover Blasphemy, 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Rainbow – Rising (1976) – Review

Last updated on 30 January 2021

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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 [...] Click to raid more!