Monthly Archives: August 2012

JUDAS PRIEST – Screaming For Vengeance (30th Anniversary Edition)

              Sony Who’d have thought it’s 30 years since this classic metal album (makes me feel so old), but this band defined heavy metal and this album was classic upon release in 1982. And … Continue reading

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KISS – Destroyer (Resurrected)

Mercury March 1976 saw Kiss release their 4th studio album, Destroyer, a slow starter which then took when the ballad Beth (originally a b-side) became a hit in its own right. The album was the band’s first to go platinum. … Continue reading

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FREDDIE MERCURY & MONTSERRAT CABALLE – Barcelona

Island Records (Released 3rd September) To celebrate 25 years since the original album was released we get a rather impressive re-issue. The album has been orchestrated with a full orchestra, the FILMharmonic Orchestra from Prague. The original music was done … Continue reading

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Quick Play: AFFINITY, TAURUS TRAKKER, TYGERS OF PAN TANG, STAIND, SONDURA

AFFINITY – The Baskervilles Reunion September 10th 2011 Angel Air www.angelair.co.uk A reunion concert for a group of musicians who last appeared on stage as the Baskervilles some 46 years ago. The Baskervilles morphed into Affinity, hence the band’s name … Continue reading

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Quick Plays: LUMUS, VENEFICA, IN SEARCH OF FIRE, DRIVEN

LUMUS – Bacchus’ Curse Self Release Lumus are the brainchild of founder and violinist Jon Lumus who wanted to create a symphonic metal band with an orchestral string backing. The band are based in Portland , Oregon and this is … Continue reading

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ROB ZOMBIE – Mondo Sex Head

Spinefarm Records Release Date – Out Now This new release from Rob Zombie brings together a number of his biggest tracks but fully remixed by a variety of DJ’s. The phrase ‘DJ Remix’ usually has me running for the hills and … Continue reading

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PETER GABRIEL – Secret World Live

Eagle Vision (DVD) What can you say about Peter Gabriel liv e- great stage show, tight band, guaranteed to entertain? All this and more- ever the showman, the vocals are stunningly good and there are few front men who are … Continue reading

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ANDREW JAMES O’BRIEN – Songs For Searchers

Western Songs (Released UK 8th October) www.andrewjamesobrien.com Andrew James O’Brien has already gained rave reviews for this, his debut album in his native Newfoundland. He is joined by his band the Searchers (not the 1960′s hitmakers!) for a mixed album … Continue reading

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LUKE WHITE new single and album release

LUKE WHITE ‘Black Market Red Roses’ The new single released 1st October 2012 From the debut album ‘Outside In’ – Released 10th September 2012 On Strongwire Records Distributed byADA(Warner). Published by Sony / ATV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nhKlgZJ7oU Taken from his debut album … Continue reading

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KORPIKLAANI -“MANALA”

Metal Church - The Present Wasteland

KORPIKLAANI -“MANALA” NUCLEAR BLAST (2012) Folk Metal has evolved enormously since the early 90s, a period when bands like Skyclad gradually began convincing people that folk tunes and organs, such as the violin, in Metal can be an inspiring rather … Continue reading

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DEW-SCENTED – “ICARUS”

Metal Church - The Present Wasteland

DEW-SCENTED – “ICARUS” METAL BLADE (2012) Dew-Scented is a band that will forever stay in my memory as one of the first ever reviews I wrote back in 2003 was for the band’s then release “Impact”. Since then there have … Continue reading

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TANKARD – “A GIRL CALLED CERVEZA”

Metal Church - The Present Wasteland

TANKARD – “A GIRL CALLED CERVEZA” NUCLEAR BLAST (2012) How does a band manage to play the same style of music for thirty years, restricted to a specialised and somewhat controversial topic, and still manage to make a decent career … Continue reading

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DORO – Raise Your Fist In The Air

Metal Church - The Present Wasteland

DORO – “RAISE YOUR FIST IN THE AIR EP” NUCLEAR BLAST (2012) Metal music has employed the services of many female vocalists over the years, none being more influential, respected and humble than Dorothee Pesch – the petite Dusseldorf-born blond … Continue reading

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BURY TOMORROW – “THE UNION OF CROWNS”

Metal Church - The Present Wasteland

BURY TOMORROW – “THE UNION OF CROWNS” NUCLEAR BLAST (2012) Portsmouth and Southampton have spawned numerous Metalcore outfits over the years, one of which, the melodic quintet Bury Tomorrow, is clearly doing enough to attract the attention of a major … Continue reading

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10 Q’s with PHIL VINCENT

Phil Vincent is busy man with a digital only release ‘Solar Flare’ out now, plus a new album form D’Ercole and a new Legion due in the autumn. Keep up to date and listen to some of his music here … Continue reading

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PLACE CALLED RAGE – S/T

            Escape Music www.escape-music.com Despite the name not a metal band but a band who formed back in the mid-90′s with the aim of capturing the Long Island sound. The album, recorded back in 1995, … Continue reading

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B.B. KING BOX SET DUE 24TH SEP

B.B. KING Ladies and Gentlemen…. MR B.B. KING OUT 24TH SEPTEMBER 2012 ON UNIVERSAL In celebration of B.B. King’s 50th Anniversary signing to ABC-Paramount Records in 1962, comes this multi-format career retrospective, leading the way with a slick 10-CD, 194 … Continue reading

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Ben Poole UK tour dates

Sunday 9 September -  FARNHAM The Farnham Maltings Bridge Square Farnham Surrey GU9 7QR ‘BOOGALOO BLUES, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL & REAL ALE FESTIVAL’ Tel 01252 745444  12noon-11pm Admission: £30.  www.farnhammaltings.com  Friday 21 September – BARNSLEY The Polish Club, Summer Lane, … Continue reading

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MAGNUM – On The 13th Day

Magnum - On the 13th Day

SPV (Release date: 24.09.12] Magnum celebrate their 40th anniversary this year and return with a new album, their sixth since reforming back in 2002. Quick mention to the limited edition digi pack as this adds bonus live songs and alternate … Continue reading

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PAUL SIMON releases ‘Live in New York City’ on Sep 18th

2-CD/1-DVD Special Package Captures Paul Simon Performing Classic Songs and Music From His Critically Acclaimed Album So Beautiful or So What During the first leg of Paul Simon’s triumphant, 2011 U.S. tour, he thrilled hometown fans with a special club … Continue reading

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