Scorpions – Lovedrive (1979) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Scorpions - Lovedrive - Album CoverIt was the album art that drew me to this particular Scorpions album at first. Yeah, the sticky finger one. Of the guy who wanted to go a-touching, and paid the ultimate price. In a truly adolescent setting to boot.

These were the times of all kinds of surreal shit on album covers. And much more provocative ones than this one, too. This delicious rebel streak is long gone, unfortunately, and replaced by whitewashed rosiness of uniform political correctness. And some of them covers were decidedly tasty.

Oh, and did I mention it? Quite unsurprisingly and as always, the cover [...] Click to raid more!

Dio – The Last in Line (1984) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dio - The Last in Line - Album CoverI know. For a long time the review horizon stayed devoid of any new Dio records. To avoid overcooking the stew and scare our fans off, I guess. But – by Loki – the temptations are sometimes just too juicy. Specifically when The Last in Line released on 2 July some 34 years ago. So, here’s to a few moments for this fanboy to gush about Dio and his travels about the early metal landscape.

The ’80s definitely were a superb decade for metal in general. And without the crystal clear voice of Ronnie-James Dio belting out lyrics, we would [...] Click to raid more!

Old’n’Tasty Records @ RockmusicRaider – Vol. II

RockmusicRaider - Old'n'Tasty RecordsYou need to give it to them old folks. The ’70’s and ’80s were very productive as far as music is concerned. Barely emerged from early-age rock’n’roll, blues and – not to forget – jazz, rock and later metal were on their quest to claim their place in the musical landscape. This was a time of experimentation, constructing tunes for the future. Not making music for the masses, through old designs like so much patchwork. Which is – come to think of it – what we see a lot of today.

Indeed, older records are – still today – all [...] Click to raid more!