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. … [...] Click to raid more!

Uriah Heep – Firefly (1977) – Review

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Towards the end of the ’70s, Uriah Heep lost their compass somewhat after their fulminant successes during the earlier years. Demons and Wizards, The Magician’s Birthday, or again Salisbury, all of them great records, were already behind them.

In between the band produced a bunch of somewhat unfocused and seemingly hastily assembled records that frankly pulled the overall quality of the offering down. And this tendency accelerated as the first decade of their career slowly came to an end.

Uriah Heep also had that knack to produce one or two hits in those aforementioned otherwise unremarkable albums. [...] 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, … [...] Click to raid more!