Black Sabbath – Heaven And Hell (1980) – Review

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At just some 40 minutes of air-time and a meager 8 tracks, with a new frontman 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 once. [...] Click to raid more!

Dio – Holy Diver (1983) – Review

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When – 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 infighting at Black Sabbath, all about power and who should be calling the shots. And am I not surprised: The alpha-males assembled were probably incapable to let go and work together. All severely opinionated to [...] Click to raid more!

Hibria – Hibria (2015) – Review

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Someone is knocking on Heavy Metal’s door! Big time. And who is brandishing these fucking pipes? ‘Tis must come from Ronnie James Dio, but this dear friend and companion met the other side for a while now. 

It is Iuri Sanson of the Brazilian Power and Heavy Metal band Hibria. With their self-titled 2015 amazingly rocky album, no less. The RMR deck crew really fancy their powerful and – I daresay – old-style approach to metal. Kind of showing the Great Old Ones of Heavy Metal where the new masters are.

I really like the drum work provided by Eduardo Baldo. Complex structures galore, as [...] Click to raid more!

Dio – Dream Evil (1987) – Review

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Heavy Metal is one of my favorite styles and passions in music. And one band that truly had a hand in shaping this passion is Dio with the superb 1987 record Dream Evil.

This album played when the world still seemed in order. All kinda black and white, not torn asunder by some assholes trying to rearrange our lives. Or perhaps they did already, only we did not realize it. Also, the internet did not quite exist yet. And nobody yet dreamt of cell phones the way they exist today. Hey, we even had the good old iron curtain … [...] Click to raid more!