Yearly Archives: 2011

MARK SPIRO – It's A Beautiful Life

  Mark Spiro returns with his first new album since 2005's 'Mighty Blue Ocean'. He is most probably known more for his film songs outside of AOR/melodic rock circles, with hits like 'Mighty Wings' (performed by Cheap Trick) of 'Top … Continue reading

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ROY WOOD – Music Book

A two CD set compiled by Roy Wood, although a quick warning that if you are after the original hits you may be better off getting one of the other compilations out there, as this collection features various remixes plus … Continue reading

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YOU ME AT SIX – Sinners Never Sleep

You Me At Six is personally one of my favorite bands and as this is their third album, I was delighted to review it! Sinners Never Sleep has a different feel to the album compared to YMAS previous records. It … Continue reading

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PATSY MATHESON 'Stories of Angels & Guitars'

  Former Waking the Witch member Patsy Matheson returns with her new album, her first in nearly four years. Mind you not that she hasn’t been busy touring relentlessly including some very well received gigs with folk legend Clive Gregson. … Continue reading

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ARENA 'The Seventh Degree Of Seperation'

Arena are back with their first album since the excellent 'Pepper's Ghost' back in 2005. Since then John Jowitt has returned on bass and they have a new vocalist in Paul Manzi and returned with a concept album. This album … Continue reading

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EVERGREY ‘A Decade And A Half’

Evergrey reach fifteen years as a band, although only Tom S Englund remains as the sole original member and in 2010 all but Englund and keyboard player Rikard Zander quit the band. They released a new album ‘Glorious Collusion’ earlier … Continue reading

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10 Q's with SEAN HETHERINGTON of Intense

We catch-up with Intense vocalist Sean Hetherington as the band unleaseh their new album 'The Shape Of Rage'… 1. What are you currently up to? At the moment we're promoting our new album 'The Shape of Rage' which came out … Continue reading

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Interview with of JOHN AXELROD of Classical Rock

John Axelrod gives us the lowdown on the new touring band Classical Rock… How did the idea for Classical Rock come about? Conceived, conducted and produced by John Axelrod (aka MaestroX), with arranger Christophe Patrix (aka CPRX), Classical Rock is … Continue reading

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10 Q's with PATSY MATHESON

What are you currently up to? At the moment I am getting ready for the release of my new CD 'Stories of Angels & Guitars, in January. The recording, which is the glamorous bit, has all been done, so now … Continue reading

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NAPALM DEATH Gig review

NAPALM DEATH Gig review Support: Flowers Of Flesh And Blood / The Atrocity Exhibit London Underworld – Friday 16th December 2011 By Yiannis (John) Stefanis Twenty one years ago, and still at a fairly impressionable age, the author of this … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DUNWELLS – Blind Sighted Faith

The Dunwells - Blind Sighted Faith

Concord [Release date 14.01.13] After hearing their excellent single ‘I Could Be King’ (which kicks of their debut album in style) the Dunwells follow this up with a superb debut album. They have just been announced as one of one … Continue reading

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Backstage Hero: TIM JONES – Record Collector

How did you become involved in the music business? I applied to an ad in The Guardian for an Editorial Assistant with RC and got the job! Mostly due to having written a lot of articles and books previously,though on … Continue reading

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AWAKE – Forever More

U.K. progressive metal act Awake return after a four-year hiatus to produce their second album, “Forever More”. The album features a twin guitar attack in brothers Andy and Steven Cole and a heavier sound than their debut. The album is … Continue reading

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Boguslaw Balcerak’s Crylord – Blood of the prophets

Yes, strange as it may sound, Boguslaw Balcerak is his real name. He is a Pole who is the mastermind behind the Crylord project, which is touted as neoclassical metal. This is the outfit’s debut album. This is indeed neoclassical … Continue reading

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RAMIN – S/T

Ramin Karimloo may not be your normal GRTR! fare as he has made his name in a series of West End shows including 'Les Miserables' and 'Love Never Dies'. This is his debut album, a mix of self-penned tunes, musical … Continue reading

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URIAH HEEP + SNAKECHARMER gig review

URIAH HEEP + SNAKECHARMER Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Thursday 8th December 2011 Snakecharmer as the name suggests feature some former Whitesnake members – Micky Moody and Neil Murray – who are joined by Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash/Tina Turner/We Will Rock You), … Continue reading

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CRADLE OF FILTH – “EVERMORE DARKLY…”

Metal Church - The Present Wasteland

CRADLE OF FILTH – “EVERMORE DARKLY…” PEACEVILLE (2011) Fame and commercial success may be well be the main goals of every person that ever picked on an instrument, however, there are plentiful of examples where this has led to some … Continue reading

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Machine Head/ Bring Me The Horizon/ Devil Driver gig review

SECC, Glasgow  Machine Head must have more Air Miles than any other band on the planet. After their seemingly endless three year tour in support of ‘The Blackening’ album you could have forgiven the band if they had disappeared on … Continue reading

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THE BUCKINGHAMS – Time & Charges/Portraits

Two albums on one CD, and album numbers 2 and 3 for this late 60s Sunshine Pop band. Formed in Chicago, Illinois, USA in the mid 60s, they mixed west coast/psychedelia with bubblegum pop, beat and orchestration. Releasing albums in … Continue reading

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SKIN – S/T

An aptly timed reissue for this classic hard rock album, given the band’s recent reformation and appearance at High Voltage earlier this year. Originally released in 1994, when many British rock bands had been killed by the abomination called grunge, … Continue reading

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