26 Years Ago: STORMWITCH live at Conny’s Place, Hanau

Great German heavy/speed metal band who arrived around the same time as RUNNING WILD, GRAVE DIGGER, HELLOWEEN with their debut Walpurgis Night!

This was recorded a few years later, on this day in 1990. The complete live set can be heard on the 2005 reissue of The Beauty and the Beast.

32 Years Ago: ACID live in Belgium (Speed Metal)

Recorded live in Leuven, Belgium on 2 June 1984. ACID had released Maniac in ’83 and were about to release the Black Car maxi-single. Some of new songs performed here were from the single (including Exterminator).

This set was released as Live in Belgium in 2009.

We have every ACID studio LP in stock now! All the latest expanded reissues (Maniac reissue includes the Black Car single as bonus!)
ACID – ACID (1983), ACID – Maniac (1983), ACID – Engine Beast (1985)


40 Years Today: RAINBOW release Rainbow Rising

Also available on Cassette and Cartridge

Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio, Jimmy Bain, Cozy Powell, Tony Carey

Rising was released on this day 40 years ago. They would soon leave for the US to tour through June and July, back to the UK for September and then on to Europe.

Man on the Silver Mountain is great, The Temple of the King is beautiful… Gates of Babylon and Kill the King are fucking incredible, but neither album is quite as consistently brilliant as Rising. Not important, they’re all classics…

Rainbow Rising” is thermo-nuclear rock’n’roll… Playing the album at home, the remark being bandied about the most of all was, “With a few exceptions, this is better than anything Blackmore ever did with Deep Purple.” I tend to agree, and it’s odds-on that you will, too. – Geoff Barton (Sounds)

We have Rainbow Rising on CD along with Rainbow merch, Rainbow t-shirts in the distro.



DN: 30 Years Ago: WARRANT – First Strike

…the first two RUNNING WILD albums are perfection. With a similar feeling of heaviness and melody, and lyrics of Satanism, sorcery and fantasy, WARRANT presented their metal vision in ’85. The RW comparison is all compliment. WARRANT confidently created their own approach and it resulted in five killer songs. A precisely formed, leave-them-wanting-more length record. And when you do, flip to […]