Artists (R)

Ra’s Dawn

– Scales of Judgement (2006) 4.00 stars
– At the Gates of Dawn (2009) 4.00 stars
– From the Vile Catacombs (2017) NOT RATED


Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno

– Il Pittore Volante (2010) NOT RATED


Racer X

– Getting Heavier (2003) 3.50 stars


Rachels Coven

– Rachels Coven (2006) 2.00 stars


Radio Free Universe

– Six (2012) 3.50 stars


Rage

– Run for the Night (1983) 3.00 stars


Rage N Rox

– Rage n’ Rox (2010) 3.00 stars


Rage of Angels

– The Devils New Tricks (2016) 4.00 stars


The Ragged Saints

The Sound of Breaking Free (2013) 4.00 stars


Ragnarok

– Fjarilar I Magen (1979) NOT RATED


The Raiders

– Indian Reservation (1971) 3.50 stars


Rainbow

– Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (1975) 3.50 stars
Rising (1976) 5.00 stars
– On Stage (1977) 4.00 stars
– Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll (1978) 4.50 stars
– Down to Earth (1979) 4.00 stars
– Difficult to Cure (1981) 3.50 stars
– Straight Between the Eyes (1982) 4.00 stars
– Bent Out of Shape (1983) 3.50 stars
– Live in Europe (1990) 4.00 stars
– Stranger in Us All (1995) 4.50 stars


Rak

– The Book Of Flight (2012) NOT RATED


Ram Jam

Ram Jam (1977) 3.50 stars
– Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ram (1978) 4.00 stars


Ramses

– Light Fantastic (1981) 3.50 stars
– Firewall (2014) NOT RATED


RanestRane

– A Space Odyssey – Final Part: Starchild (2018) NOT RATED


Rara Avis in Terris

– Au crépuscule du temps… (2000) 3.00 stars


Rare Bird

– Rare Bird (1969) 3.50 stars
– As Your Mind Flies (1970) NOT RATED
– Epic Forest (1972) NOT RATED
– Somebody’s Watching (1973) NOT RATED
– Born Again (1974) NOT RATED


Rare Earth

– Get Ready (1969) 4.00 stars
– Ecology (1970) 3.50 stars
– One World (1971) 4.00 stars
– In Concert (1971) 3.50 stars
– Willie Remembers.. (1972) 3.50 stars
– Ma (1973) 4.00 stars
– Back to Earth (1975) 3.00 stars


Raspberries

Raspberries (1972) 3.00 stars
– Fresh (1972) 3.50 stars
– Side 3 (1973) 3.50 stars
– Starting Over (1974) 3.50 stars
– Capitol Collectors Series (1991) 4.00 stars


Rata Blanca

The Forgotten Kingdom (2009) 4.50 stars


Rated X

– Rated X (2014) 4.50 stars


Ratt

Ratt (1983) 4.00 stars
– Out of the Cellar (1984) 3.50 stars
– Invasion of Your Privacy (1985) 3.50 stars
– Dancing Undercover (1986) 3.50 stars
– Reach for the Sky (1988) 2.50 stars
– Detonator (1990) 4.00 stars


Rattlesnake Remedy

– Magic Man (2006) 3.50 stars


Rausch

– Book II (2018) NOT RATED


Ravage

– Wrecking Ball (1986) 3.00 stars


Raven

Rock Until You Drop (1981) 3.50 stars


Rawkfist

– Chryseus (2011) 3.50 stars


Raw Material

– Time Is (1971) NOT RATED


Raw Silk

– Silk Under the Skin (1990) NOT RATED


Ray Wilson

– Change (2003) NOT RATED
– The Next Best Thing (2004) NOT RATED
– Makes Me Think Of Home (2016) NOT RATED


Rayburn

– The Living End (2016) NOT RATED


RC2

– RC2 (2003) NOT RATED
– Future Awaits (2008) NOT RATED


Real Eyes

– Real Eyes (1981) NOT RATED


Real Illusion

– Impheria (2016) 3.50 stars


Reale Accademia Di Musica

– Angeli Mutanti (2018) NOT RATED


The Reasoning

– Awakening (2007) 3.50 stars
– Dark Angel (2008) NOT RATED
– Adverse Camber (2010) NOT RATED
– Acoustically Speaking (2010) NOT RATED
– Adventures In Neverland (2012) NOT RATED
– And Another Thing (2012) NOT RATED


Rebekka

– Phoenix (1982) NOT RATED


Red Bazar

– After the Ice Storm (2013) NOT RATED
– Tales From the Bookcase (2016) NOT RATED


Red Circuit

– Trance State (2006) 4.00 stars
– Homeland (2009) 4.50 stars
– Haze of Nemesis (2014) 4.50 stars


Red Dawn

– Never Say Surrender (1993) 4.50 stars


Red Jasper

– Sting in the Tale (1990) 3.50 stars
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1993) 4.00 stars
– The Winter’s Tale (1994) 4.00 stars
– Anagramary (1997) 4.00 stars
– The Great and Secret Show (2015) 4.00 stars


Red Orchid

– Blood Vessels & Marshmallows (2011) NOT RATED


Red Rose

– Live the Life You’ve Imagined (2011) 4.00 stars
– On the Cusp of Change (2013) 4.00 stars


Red Sand

– Mirror Of Insanity (2004) NOT RATED
– Gentry (2005) NOT RATED
– Human Trafficking (2007) NOT RATED
– Music For Sharks (2009) NOT RATED
– Behind the Mask (2012) 4.00 stars
– Cinéma du vieux Cartier (2013) 4.00 stars
– 1759 (2016) NOT RATED


Red Spectrum

– Red Spectrum (2017) NOT RATED


Red Spektor

– EP (2014) NOT RATED
– Red Spektor (2016) NOT RATED


Redemption

– Redemption (2003) 4.00 stars
– The Fullness of Time (2005) 4.50 stars
– The Origins of Ruin (2007) 4.50 stars
– Snowfall on Judgment Day (2009) 4.50 stars
– This Mortal Coil (2011) 4.00 stars
– The Art of Loss (2016) 4.50 stars


Reece

Universal Language (2009) 4.00 stars


Reece / Kronlund

– Solid (2011) 4.00 stars


Refugee

– Refugee (1974) 4.00 stars


Regal Worm

– Use and Ornament (2013) 3.50 stars
– Neither use nor ornament… (2014) 3.50 stars

See my “Regal Worm – An Overview” for more information.


The Reign of Terror

– Sacred Ground (2001) 4.00 stars


ReinXeed

– Majestic (2010) 4.00 stars
– 1912 (2011) 4.00 stars
– Welcome to the Theater (2012) 4.00 stars


Renaissance

– Renaissance (1969) NOT RATED
– Illusion (1970) NOT RATED
– Prologue (1972) 4.00 stars
Ashes Are Burning (1973) 4.00 stars
– Turn of the Cards (1974) 4.00 stars
– Scheherazade and Other Stories (1975) 4.50 stars
– Novella (1977) 4.00 stars
– A Song for All Seasons (1978) 4.00 stars
– Azure d’Or (1979) 3.50 stars
– Symphony of Light (2013) 4.00 stars

See my “Renaissance – An Overview” for more information.


Rendezvous Point

Solar Storm (2015) 4.00 stars


REO Speedwagon

– REO Speedwagon (1971) 3.50 stars
– Live: You Get What You Play For (1977) 4.00 stars
– You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish (1978) 3.00 stars


Residents of the Future

– Residence of the Future (2009) NOT RATED


Resistor

– To the Stars (2014) 3.50 stars
– Underground (2017) NOT RATED


Rest in Silence

Mourning After Tomorrow (2011) 1.00 stars


Retroheads

– Retrospective (2004) NOT RATED


Retrospective

– Stolen Thoughts (2008) 3.00 stars


Return to Forever

– Where Have I Known You Before (1974) 4.00 stars
– No Mystery (1975) NOT RATED
– Romantic Warrior (1976) 4.50 stars


ReVamp

– ReVamp (2010) 4.50 stars
– Wild Card (2013) 4.50 stars

The mighty Floor Jansen (from the defunct After Forever) returned to the scene with a similarly mighty band that fell into the same category of music as her previous act. ReVamp’s debut showed amazing promise. Equally melodic, slamming, and grandiose, the band was impressive, especially with Floor in the lead. Now that Floor has joined up with Nightwish, however, I’m unsure if ReVamp will release any new material.


Reverend

– World Won’t Miss You (1990) NOT RATED


Reversion

– King of Deceit (2008) 4.00 stars


Revolution Renaissance

– New Era (2008) 4.00 stars
– Age of Aquarius (2009) 4.00 stars
– Trinity (2010) 4.00 stars


Rhapsody

– Legendary Tales (1997) 4.00 stars
– Symphony of Enchanted Lands (1998) 4.00 stars
– Dawn of Victory (2000) 4.00 stars
– Rain of a Thousand Flames (2001) 4.00 stars
– Power of the Dragonflame (2002) 4.00 stars
– Symphony of Enchanted Lands II: The Dark Secret (2004) 4.00 stars


Rhapsody of Fire

– Triumph or Agony (2006) 3.50 stars
– The Frozen Tears of Angels (2010) 4.00 stars
– From Chaos to Eternity (2011) 3.50 stars


Ric Ocasek

– Beatitude (1983) 3.50 stars


Richard Andersson

– The Ultimate Andersson Collection (2005) 4.50 stars


Richard Wright

– Wet Dream (1978) 3.00 stars
– Broken China (1996) NOT RATED


Richie Sambora

– Stranger in This Town (1991) 3.50 stars
– Undiscovered Soul (1998) 3.50 stars


Rick Miller

– Heart of Darkness (2014) 3.00 stars
– Breaking Point (2015) 3.00 stars


Rick Wakeman

– The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1973) 4.50 stars
– White Rock (1977) 3.00 stars
– Rick Wakeman’s Criminal Record (1977) 3.50 stars
– Out There (2003) 4.00 stars


Ricocher

– Quest From The Heartland (2000) 4.00 stars
– Chains (2004) 4.00 stars


Ricochet

– Among the Elements (1995) 4.00 stars
– Zarah: A Teartown Story (2005) 4.00 stars


Ride the Sky

– New Protection (2007) 4.50 stars


Riff Raff

Riff Raff (1973) 3.50 stars
– Original Man (1974) 3.50 stars


Riggs

– Riggs (1982) 3.50 stars


Rik Emmett

– Spiral Notebook (1996) 3.50 stars


Rikard Sjöblom

– The Unbendable Sleep (2016) 4.00 stars


Ring of Fire

– The Oracle (2001) 4.00 stars
– Dreamtower (2003) 4.00 stars 4.00 stars
– Lapse of Reality (2004) 4.00 stars
Battle of Leningrad (2014) 4.00 stars


Ring of Myth

– Unbound (1996) 2.00 stars
– Ring Of Myth (2011) NOT RATED


Riot

– Fire Down Under (1981) 4.00 stars
ThunderSteel (1988) 4.00 stars


Ripaille

– La Vieille Que L’on Brûla (1977) NOT RATED


Rite of Passage

Angels & Demons (2014) 4.00 stars


Ritual

– Ritual (1995) 4.00 stars
– Superb Birth (1999) 3.00 stars
– Think Like a Mountain (2003) 3.50 stars
– The Hemulic Voluntary Band (2007) 4.00 stars


Rival Sons

– Before the Fire (2009) 4.00 stars
– Rival Sons (2011) 4.00 stars
– Pressure & Time (2011) NOT RATED
– Head Down (2012) NOT RATED
– Great Western Valkyrie (2014) 4.00 stars
– Hollow Bones (2016) 4.00 stars


Rivendel

– Sisyfos (2018) NOT RATED


Riverdogs

Riverdogs (1990) 4.00 stars
– Bone (1993) 3.50 stars


River of Change

– Where Reality Cannot Enter (1999) 3.00 stars


RiverSea

– Out Of An Ancient World (2012) NOT RATED
– The Tide (2018) NOT RATED


Riverside

– Out of Myself (2003) 3.50 stars
– Voices in My Head (2005) 3.00 stars
– Second Life Syndrome (2005) 3.00 stars
– Rapid Eye Movement (2007) 3.00 stars


Rizengard

– Chapter 21 (2012) 4.50 stars


Road To Jerusalem

– Road To Jerusalem (2018) NOT RATED


Roadmaster

– Sweet Music (1978) 4.00 stars


Roads to Damascus

– R2D2 (2012) 4.00 stars


Rob Moratti

Victory (2011) 4.00 stars


Robben Ford

– Into the Sun (2015) NOT RATED


Robert Lamm

– Skinny Boy (1974) 3.50 stars


Robert Wyatt

– Rock Bottom (1974) 3.50 stars


Robin Beck

– Trouble or Nothin (1989) 3.50 stars


Robin George

– Dangerous Music (1984) 3.50 stars


Robin Trower

– Twice Removed From Yesterday (1973) 4.50 stars
Bridge of Sighs (1974) 5.00 stars
– For Earth Below (1975) 4.00 stars
– Long Misty Days (1976) 4.00 stars
– In City Dreams (1977) 3.50 stars
– Caravan to Midnight (1978) 3.50 stars
Victims of the Fury (1980) 4.00 stars
– Take What You Need (1988) 3.50 stars
– In the Line of Fire (1990) 3.50 stars


Rock City Angels

– Young Man’s Blues (1988) 4.00 stars
– Rock City Angels (1999) 3.50 stars


Rocket Scientists

– Earthbound (1993) 3.50 stars
– Brutal Architecture (1995) 3.50 stars
– Oblivion Days (1999) 4.00 stars
– Revolution Road (2006) 4.00 stars
– Supernatural Highways (2014) 3.00 stars
– Refuel (2014) 3.50 stars


Rock Goddess

Rock Goddess (1983) 3.50 stars
– Hell Hath No Fury (1983) 3.50 stars


Rod Stewart

– An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down (1970) 3.50 stars
Gasoline Alley (1970) 4.00 stars
– Every Picture Tells a Story (1971) 4.50 stars
– Never a Dull Moment (1972) 4.00 stars
– Smiler (1974) 3.50 stars
– Absolutely Live (1982) 3.50 stars
– Storyteller: The Complete Anthology 1964-1990 (1989) 4.00 stars


Rodrigo San Martín

– The Veil Is Broken III: Coming Of Age (2016) NOT RATED


The Rods

Wild Dogs (1982) 4.00 stars


Roger Hodgson

In the Eye of the Storm (1984) 4.00 stars
– Hai Hai (1987) 3.50 stars
– Open the Door (2000) 4.00 stars


Roine Stolt

– The Flower King (1994) 4.50 stars


Roland Grapow

– Kaleidoscope (1999) 4.00 stars


Role Of The Observer

– Quantum State (2013) NOT RATED


The Rolling Stones

– Between the Buttons (1967) 2.50 stars
– Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967) 3.00 stars
– Beggars Banquet (1968) 4.50 stars
– Let It Bleed (1969) 5.00 stars
– Sticky Fingers (1971) 5.00 stars
– Exile on Main St. (1972) 4.50 stars
– Goats Head Soup (1973) 4.50 stars
– It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (1974) 4.00 stars
– Metamorphosis (1975) 3.00 stars
– Black and Blue (1976) 3.00 stars
– Some Girls (1978) 4.00 stars
– Emotional Rescue (1980) 3.00 stars
– Tattoo You (1981) 4.00 stars
– Undercover (1983) 2.50 stars
– Dirty Work (1986) 2.50 stars
– Steel Wheels (1989) 3.00 stars


Ron Goedert

– Breaking All the Rules (1980) 3.00 stars


Ron Wood

– I’ve Got My Own Album to Do (1974) 3.00 stars


Rondinelli

Our Cross, Our Sins (2002) 4.50 stars


Ronnie Montrose

– Mutatis Mutandis (1991) 3.50 stars


Room

– Pre-Flight (1970) NOT RATED


The Room

– Openfire (2012) 4.00 stars
Beyond the Gates of Bedlam (2015) 4.00 stars


Rory Gallagher

– Blueprint (1973) 3.50 stars
Tattoo (1973) 4.00 stars
– Against the Grain (1975) 4.00 stars
– Calling Card (1976) 4.00 stars
– Photo-Finish (1978) 3.50 stars


Rose

– Judgement Day (1977) NOT RATED


Rosenkreutz

– Back To The Stars (2014) NOT RATED


La Rossa

– A Fury of Glass (1983) 2.50 stars


Rossington

– Returned to the Scene of the Crime (1986) 4.00 stars
– Take It on Faith (2016) 3.00 stars

After the break up of the Rossington Collins Band, guitarist Gary Rossington and singer/wife Dale Krantz Rossington formed another band. Unlike the Rossington Collins Band, however, Rossington (and later The Rossington Band) abandoned most of the Southern Rock leanings in favor of an AOR sound, one that greater showcased Dale’s talents as a singer. The husband/wife team never achieved the same level of success as their former band, but I enjoyed both of the albums quite a bit, especially Dale’s performances. Please note, that the most recent Rossington release from 2016 is a shift in style back to Country/Southern Rock, but unfortunately, I found the material merely average.


The Rossington Band

– Love Your Man (1988) 4.00 stars

After the break up of the Rossington Collins Band, guitarist Gary Rossington and singer/wife Dale Krantz Rossington formed another band. Unlike the Rossington Collins Band, however, Rossington (and later The Rossington Band) abandoned most of the Southern Rock leanings in favor of an AOR sound, one that greater showcased Dale’s talents as a singer. The husband/wife team never achieved the same level of success as their former band, but I enjoyed both of the albums quite a bit, especially Dale’s performances.


Rossington Collins Band

Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere (1980) 4.00 stars
– This Is the Way (1981) 3.50 stars


Roswell Six

– Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon (2009) 4.00 stars
– Terra Incognita: A Line In The Sand (2010) NOT RATED


Roth Brock Project

– Roth Brock Project (2016) NOT RATED


Rough Cutt

– Rough Cutt (1985) 4.50 stars
Wants You! (1986) 4.00 stars
– Anthology (2008) 4.00 stars


Rough Diamond

Rough Diamond (1977) 4.00 stars


Roughhouse

– Roughhouse (1988) 3.00 stars


Roulette

– Lifeline (2001) 3.50 stars


Il Rovescio Della Medaglia

– Io Come Io (1972) NOT RATED
– Contaminazione (1973) NOT RATED


Rox

– Violent Breed (1983) 2.50 stars


Roxanne

– Roxanne (1988) 3.50 stars


Roxx Gang

– Things You’ve Never Done Before (1988) 3.50 stars


Roxy Music

– Roxy Music (1972) 4.50 stars
For Your Pleasure (1973) 5.00 stars
– Stranded (1973) 4.50 stars
– Country Life (1974) 4.00 stars
– Siren (1975) 4.00 stars
– Viva! Roxy Music (1976) 4.00 stars
– Manifesto (1979) 4.00 stars
– Flesh + Blood (1980) 2.50 stars
– Avalon (1982) 3.00 stars


Royal Hunt

– Land Of Broken Hearts (1992) NOT RATED
– Clown In The Mirror (1994) NOT RATED
– Moving Target (1995) 3.50 stars
– Fear (1999) 4.50 stars
– The Mission (2001) 4.00 stars
– The Watchers (2001) 4.00 stars
– Eyewitness (2003) 4.00 stars
– Paper Blood (2005) 4.50 stars
– Collision Course – Paradox II (2008) 4.50 stars
X (2010) 4.00 stars
– Show Me How to Live (2011) 3.50 stars
– A Life to Die For (2013) 3.50 stars
– Devil’s Dozen (2015) 3.50 stars


RPWL

– God Has Failed (2000) NOT RATED
– Trying To Kiss The Sun (2002) NOT RATED
– Stock (2003) NOT RATED


RTZ

– Return to Zero (1991) 3.00 stars


Ruby The Hatchet

– Planetary Space Child (2017) NOT RATED


Rufus

– Rags to Rufus (1974) 3.00 stars


Ruscha

– Come Alive (1988) 4.00 stars


Rush

Rush (1974) 3.50 stars
– Fly by Night (1975) 3.50 stars
– Caress of Steel (1975) 4.00 stars
– 2112 (1976) 4.00 stars
– A Farewell to Kings (1977) 5.00 stars
– Hemispheres (1978) 4.50 stars
– Permanent Waves (1980) 3.50 stars
– Moving Pictures (1981) 4.00 stars
– Signals (1982) 3.50 stars
– Grace Under Pressure (1984) 3.00 stars
– Power Windows (1985) 3.00 stars
– Hold Your Fire (1987) 3.00 stars
– Presto (1989) 3.50 stars
– Roll the Bones (1991) 3.50 stars
– Counterparts (1993) 4.00 stars
– Test for Echo (1996) 3.00 stars
– Clockwork Angels (2012) 3.50 stars

This is one band with whom I have a love/hate relationship. Or to be more fair, I go through five-to-ten year phases of either loving Rush or loathing Rush. The album A Farewell To Kings is, in my opinion, probably the band’s best work, and I still enjoy listening to it even after nearly forty years. When it comes to many of the subsequent albums, however, I need to be in just the right mood. Actually, any of the releases after Moving Pictures, when Rush dramatically altered its style and (in my opinion) became merely “average,” have never been my favorites, but on occasion I can usually tolerate them.

Regardless of my feelings, Rush is undoubtedly a band that has influenced numerous Prog-Rock acts, so even if I’m in a phase where I loathe the group, I will always respect Rush for its influence.


Russell Allen

– Atomic Soul (2005) 3.50 stars

The singer from Symphony X released a collection of straightforward Hard Rock/Metal tunes, some bordering on Blues Rock, quite removed from the highly Symphonic and Prog-Rock sound of his “parent” group.


Russell Allen & Jorn Lande

– The Battle (2005) 4.50 stars
– The Revenge (2007) 4.50 stars
– The Showdown (2010) 4.00 stars
– The Great Divide (2014) 4.00 stars

Russell Allen, powerhouse singer from Symphony X, teamed up with powerhouse vocalist Jorn Lande to produce a handful of high-quality albums in the Heavy Metal genre, with all of them being extremely melodic. These guys sound terrific as a team.


Ryan Parmenter

– One Of A Different Color (2018) NOT RATED


Ryo Okumoto

– Coming Through (2002) NOT RATED