Dio – Holy Diver (1983) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dio - Holy Diver - Album CoverWhen – 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 infights 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 opiniated to a point, I can only imagine how these fights got underway and were somewhat impossible to resolve. So, once the chicken came to roost, it is only logical that Dio had to leave – or else.

But there was more. True shenanigans!

The main reason hinted back in time were rumors about mixing and remixing schemes of pre-produced tracks, the unauthorized kind in cloak-and-dagger actions during foggy nights. Of course, one party accused and the other denied, what have you. So, by and large it was an unhappy departure. This is all a long time past and water well under the bridge as we say. And whatever it was, we ended up with a new stellar player in the metal universe. Very interestingly, the new band Dio emerged this same year and – lo and behold – their first album Holy Diver appeared shortly thereafter in 1983. Quite a feat following such a hasty departure.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Uriah Heep – …Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble (1970) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Uriah Heep - ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble - Album Cover…Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble just takes off like a rocket with Gypsy straight into Uriah Heep‘s début album back in 1970. And what a début! Starting a first ever album with a hit straight away is a feat not easily repeated. Stellar!

Of course with David Byron‘s pipes, Ken Hensley handling the keyboard madness and other things – ok, some of the vocals too – plus Mick Box doing the usual stellar things with his guitar, all should be good. Right?? Well, not quite. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Uriah Heep – Salisbury (1971) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Uriah Heep - Salisbury - Album CoverWell, I have dabbled in Progressive Rock and Metal for a while and more in the modern theme of things, if we can call it that. But far into the past, there already were jewels that we tend to forget. Salisbury, the 2nd studio album of the olden times Uriah Heep is one of them. The band’s name derives from the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield. Actually the antagonist hero in the story, no less. 

Starting with ‘Very ‘eavy, Very ‘umble’ – the band’s first record ever – Uriah Heep went on full progressive mode with Salisbury. Actually, this piece of work – I am tempted to call it a masterpiece – was way ahead of its time. Most of the other gigs liked to produce the flower power induced and drug infused bullshit that was staple at that time. And others LSD’ed themselves through Rock and Hard Rock with sometimes spectacular and at other times spectacularly bad effects.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!