Scorpions – Rock Believer (2022) – Review

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It looks like a ripe old age won’t withhold bands from churning out decent material. The old warhorses from Saxon just proved that point a bit earlier with a fiery sermon of theirs. Now, as to the Scorpions, they’ve been at it since 1965. Yep, you heard that right, more than 50 years of service.1)

Now, if you ask Michael Schenker, the brother and endless nemesis of Rudolf, they’re all lying sons o’ bitches. I just enjoyed watching a somewhat nerdy interview with one of the most gifted guitarists of this world claiming it’s never 50 … [...] Click to raid more!

Dio – Sacred Heart (1985) – Review

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Loved by many, hated by some. Dio‘s 1985 epic Sacred Heart really split the fan base in more ways than one. Remember, Dio released the excellent The Last in Line just barely one year prior to this one. And went on to hit the stage in 1987 with the smasher Dream Evil1) that still resides high up on RMR’s playlist to this day.

Ronnie James Dio took off like a rocket with his new outfit in 1983 after his secretive departure from the confines of Iommi’s Black Sabbath, some pretty turbulent times of Heaven and Hell alright. The … [...] Click to raid more!

Metallica – Reload (1997) – Review

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The Black Album came first in the ’90s, which was also the first one Bob Rock produced. This was a time when Metallica started to see the light. That they could not just scream about the stage forever, and stay at the same decent levels of fan support. Much to the dismay of one James Hetfield, it seems, judging by some of his remarks that still float about the YouTube multiverse. 

So, a somewhat painful time of trial and error commenced. A timespan filled with big controversies that should last the better part of a decade. Of strange metal [...] Click to raid more!

Within Temptation – Resist (2019) – Review

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We write the Year of the Lord 2014. RockmusicRaider concocts her first-ever review. And – much to our misfortune – it is a negative one to start this blog series with. Within Temptation is the name and Hydra is the game. 

Since that time I dreaded the moment that this band would release a new one of their once famously crusty records. Just remember masterpieces like Enter, Mother Earth, or The Silent Force. Those positively sparkled with creativity and a sense of adventure. Always different and so succulently refreshing that you could just not get enough of [...] Click to raid more!