Metallica – Load (1996) – Review

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The 1996 album Load of Metallica really was the red-headed stepchild of my music collection for a long time. It got to be the sandwich in between the self-titled Black Album and Reload with The Unforgiven II. Only Load did not contain anything unforgiven or any excitement that we could write home about.

But is this really so? Did they really lose the rudder and compass at the same time, as some of my brethren suggested? Kinda adrift in strange oceans and lost on unknown lands.

Well, perhaps the fact that Thrash Metal firmly departed out the door played a [...] Click to raid more!

Black Sabbath – Paranoid (1970) – Review

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A new installment of the Old’n’Tasty series beckons. So, what better record to spiff this list up some than Paranoid from good ol’ Black Sabbath. Even if its slow start did not really bode well in 1970. The album did however finally make it to quadruple platinum. But only in 1995, some 25 years later.

This is one of these records that improves with age like good red wine. One that many experts now consider a classic. But in the harsh light of reality, is it really that good? And what on earth is a classic at all? Questions [...] Click to raid more!

Dio – The Last in Line (1984) – Review

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I know. For a long time, the review horizon stayed devoid of any new Dio records. To avoid overcooking the goose 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!

Black Sabbath – Heaven And Hell (1980) – Review

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At just some 40 minutes of air-time and a meager 8 tracks, with a new frontman the band just hired off The Rainbow bar on the Sunset Strip in L.A., a record really needed to be good. The classic and 9th studio album Heaven and Hell from Black Sabbath will qualify – to an extent. And yes, to an extent only. ‘Tis not all great and shiny disco lights. Not all tracks will really open heaven’s gates on this disk. But be this as it may, there definitely is improvement on this album, and this on several fronts at once. [...] Click to raid more!