spiralcity
spiralcity
Fox Lake, Illinois, USA
Rainbow - Rising
Rainbow
Rising
85
Oct 15
Dio - Holy Diver
Dio
Holy Diver
80
Oct 15

Recent Reviews

Oct 15, 2019
72
I find this album to be a bit disjointed, most of the tracks are not refined or well crafted, and all of the tracks are dark and brooding. The musicianship is good, the band is tight, it's just a poor conglomeration of songs. Cities On Flame and Screams are perhaps the better of the tracks on this album, the rest are a hodgepodge of ideas imbedded in brooding melodies. It's not an awful album, it's just an album that never really seems to fire on all it's cylinders.
Oct 15, 2019
86
The Cult deliver a well rounded, hard rocking album from front to back. Ian Astburys vocals are as strong as ever and Billy Duffy's guitar playing is spot on. The song writing is the true stand-out on this album. Every song seems to be meticulously molded into well eatable bites. Fire Woman became an AOR staple, but the true gems are the ones the radio never touched, such as Edie, Sweet Soul Sister, and American Horse. This album is loaded with well crafted songs and is best listened to front ... read more
Oct 15, 2019
85
Blackmore and Dio kicking it into high gear! This is a true classic in every sense of the word. The song writing is strong, smart, to the point. The singing is tight, bright, and punchy as all get-up! Blackmores guitar playing is powerful, potent and face-melting! This album delivers the goods and then some.
Oct 15, 2019*
73
Frank Marino's bombastic guitar acrobatics drive every track on this half studio half live release from 1979. This is a great album if you're a guitar enthusiast, the songs are filled with soaring solo's that are sure to please most guitarist ears. The downside of this album is the songwriting is sub-par. There are no stand out tracks that are truly catchy to the ear. Other than the guitar playing there's not much here.
Oct 15, 2019
80
Dio broke onto the charts as a solo artist with the release of Holy Diver. Dio was a seasoned veteran by the time he put the Holy Diver line-up together, he had seen success in Rainbow and Black Sabbath, now it was Dios turn to shine, and shine he does. With the help of guitar slinger Vivian Campbell (who would go on to form his own band The River Dogs before taking a spot as a guitarist for Def Leppard), Dio and Campbell string together a list of solid hard rocking, Metal tunes. The title ... read more
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80-89
 
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70-79
 
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60-69
 

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40-49
 
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30-39
 
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