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 Sabbathall about power and who should be calling the shots.

But 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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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.

Because shortly after Gypsy ends, you kind of go ‘Now What’?

‘Tis a mixed bag you are getting. Not surprisingly the album was not too well received (or not at all well received) at first back in time.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Dio – Dream Evil (1987) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Dio - Dream Evil - Album CoverHeavy Metal is one of my favorite styles and passions in music. And one band having 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, not torn asunder by some assholes trying to rearrange our lives. Or perhaps they did already, only we did not realize it. There was no internet and no cell phones to speak of back then. Still the good old iron curtain in place, which only fell after 1989. 

What can I say, Dream Evil is probably one of the most memorable – if not THE most memorable – of the Dio albums.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Dio – Lock Up The Wolves (1990) – Review

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RockumsicRaider Review - Dio - Lock Up The Wolves - Album CoverOkay, when looking through the older records that are living in the confines of this vast collection of mine, I stumbled across Dio (the one with the spider that came along). Good, old and heartwarming Heavy Metal. One of my favorite suppliers of good, crunchy and relaxing Night Music. Long time no hear, by the way, as I was much concentrating on the new age metal stuff that keeps on getting thrown at us.

Founded by Ronnie James Dio after his departure from Black Sabbath (yes, the Ozzy, Tony and Geezer one) in 1982 together with Vinnie Appice, they went on to build a remarkable career with their own outfit called Dio.Got hooked? Raid this some more...