10 Most Popular Posts @ RockmusicRaider – Edition I

RockmusicRaider - Most Popular PostsHowdy fans and friends! It is time again to take stock of sounds discovered and bands unearthed. But for the first time from an angle of the posts themselves and how they rated with you, the readers. The RockmusicRaider officescape would of course like to think that the likes and shares are a result of masterful penmanship. But, hey, dream on. The written word is one of the vectors to get to the most popular posts, of course. But it is the musicians in the bands covered that really delivered their music with their hearts’ blood and essence of their mutual souls. And this is what we react to and the fans ultimately chose to like – or not. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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...

Arduini/Balich – Dawn of Ages (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Arduini / Balich - Dawn of Ages -Album CoverIn the beginning I was skeptical. Six tracks of original content only and three re-heated ideas? And of old, much rehashed base material to boot? Well, hell’s bells, not sure about that one. That is how the RockmusicRaider offices started on Arduini/Balich‘s début record Dawn of Ages

The project saw its first flickering light of consciousness in 2013, when Victor Arduini wrapped up the experience with Freedoms Reign. He then recruited Butch Balich and the drummer Chris Judge from his former venue. A serious lack of creativity in the name ingenuity department notwithstanding, the band members are relatively well known. Arduini is a founding member of Fates Warning and was part of a number of other venues since the late ’80s.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Witchwood released a Handful of Stars!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Witchwood - Handful of Stars - Album CoverWhat? A transverse flute embedded in a Stoner Rock piece? Now, this really stopped me cold in my tracks. So, would this be Ian Anderson and his gang active in progressive retro-rock? Not likely. But perhaps they should, given that they were one of the pioneers of anything prog back then. But it is indeed not them playing, but the Italian band Witchwood. And they just unleashed their newest and second release A Handful of Stars

The band sports a somewhat blatant mix of Jethro Tull meets Uriah Heep that nevertheless points straight to the ’70s. A time where not only rock was born, but the directions were set for #metal too. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Uriah Heep – Demons and Wizards (1972) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Uriah Heep - Demons and Wizards - Album CoverIf you are looking to pick up some Uriah Heep records, there is no way around their 1972 piece Demons and Wizards. This one is probably one of the best, if not THE best album they made at that time. Or ever since for that matter, alongside The Magician’s Birthday, released surprisingly that same year.

And let’s not forget: The ’70s were the most productive set of years in the history of the band. At three occasions – 1971, 1972 and 1977 – Uriah Heep produced two albums. For each one of those years. And this is only for the studio albums, not counting the live productions and compilations. Got hooked? Raid this some more...