Monthly Archives: November 2012

Gig Review: MAGNUM/TRILLIUM, Islington Academy, 29 November 2012

Trillium, photo by Noel Buckley

A packed out Islington Academy were here to see Magnum in the band’s 40th year, although Bob Catley and Tony Clarkin can trace their musical roots back to the late 60’s Brumbeat era. First up we had Trillium fronted by … Continue reading

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ALICE COOPER – Old School 1964-1974

    Universal ( Release Date – Out now ) It’s rare that an artist can have a career spanning 5 decades and still be as relevant and popular as they were in their heyday. Alice Cooper is no ordinary … Continue reading

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DEACON BLUE – Reissues – CD and DVD

Deacon Blue - Raintown

(Edsel) The first thing to say about these reissues: this is how it should be done.  Reissuing the original albums with just a handful of bonus tracks wouldn’t suit Edsel and they have really come up trumps.  In some cases, … Continue reading

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WORLD FIRE BRIGADE – Spreading My Wings

    Frostbyte Records (Release Date – out now) The three members of World Fire Brigade have collectively sold over 10 million records between them. The three gentlemen in question are Brett Scallions, frontman of Fuel, Sean Danielsen, singer and … Continue reading

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Quick Plays: MAX NAVARRO, FLIPRON, JOHN WHEELER, PIG IRON

MAX NAVARRO – Hard Time www.maxnavarro.com Max Navarro has been releasing music since 2002 and this is his third album, although according to the PR blurb he is already working on his next album It is a mix of catchy … Continue reading

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Y&T – Live at the Mystic

FRONTIERS RECORDS www.frontiers.it For a band of their longevity, Y and T live albums have been thin on the ground. In fact the only one I can recall was 1985’s Open Fire, which with its single disc track listing came … Continue reading

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Gig review – Opeth – ABC, Glasgow – 13/11/12

This was a first for me tonight as I had never witnessed either of the two bands before, but I had read plenty of good press on both, so I was looking forward to the live experience. It was a … Continue reading

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Gig Review: Europe – ABC, Glasgow – 22 November 2012

In all the years that Europe have been together I have never caught the band live. I got close earlier in the year at Download when the stage was set for the band but the weather and traffic chaos ensured … Continue reading

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LEVELLERS – Reissues

Levellers - Levelling The Land

(Edsel Records) The Levellers are one of the most enduring and, it must be said, likeable bands to have been around for the past twenty-five years. Their blend of anarchic punk anthems aligned to touching folk sensitivity has been a … Continue reading

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ED ALLEYNE-JOHNSON – Purple Electric Violin Concerto

Ed Alleyne-Johnson - Purple Electric Violin Concerto

20th Anniversary Special Edition (Edsel Records) Release date 26.11.12 Is it really 20 years?  Cripes.  I first heard ‘Oxford Suite (Part 1)’ on BBC Radio 1 (I am sure it was ‘Fluff’ Freeman’s Saturday afternoon show) and was immediately drawn … Continue reading

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RIFF RAFF – Leaving D.C.

RIFF RAFF – Leaving D.C.         Yes as the band’s name implies they are a former AC/DC tribute band hailing from Berlin who have now decided to write and record their own music. The singer Steve Betteridge … Continue reading

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Best of 2012: JEFF SUMMERS (WEAPON UK)

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Guitarist Jeff Summers has been busy this year with Mick Underwood’s Glory Road and Weapon UK have a new album out very soon… How is the new Weapon UK album coming along? The Weapon album is now finished and should … Continue reading

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Gig review: VIVA LE PINK

VIVA LE PINK – The Black Heart, Camden, Friday 23rd November Camden’s Black Heart venue was taken over in no uncertain style for this debut gig by psychobilly newbies Viva Le Pink. Self-promoting the event and hand picking two lively … Continue reading

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THE FRIGHT – The Fright

    Fiend Forge (Release Date – Out now) The Fright have created yet another genre which they call ‘horrock ‘n’ roll’ and looking at some of the song titles including ‘666 Full Speed Ahead’ and ‘Nightstalker Returns’ you can … Continue reading

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BLUE ORIGIN – Somnium

    The Animal Farm (Release Date – 10th Dec 2012) This album is hard to pigeonhole. The band’s list of influences range from Motley Crue and Dream Theater to the more modern rock of Shinedown and Black Stone Cherry. … Continue reading

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BABYLON FIRE – Dark Horizons

    Rocksector Records ( Release Date 12th Nov 2012) Babylon Fire play heavy metal, pure and simple and it’s a fact the guys are rightly proud of. The Manchester 4 piece have been together for the past 5 years … Continue reading

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THE HOWLING support BUCKCHERRY

The Howling are pleased to announce they will be supporting Buckcherry on their UK tour this month. The Howling are one of the UK’s most innovative and exciting new rock ‘n’ roll bands. Featuring Blacky (ex Red Star Rebels) on … Continue reading

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LOVE UNDER COVER – Set The Night On Fire

Escape Music www.escape-music.com Sweden does it again as another great melodic hard rock band bursts onto the scene. Mind you one look at the line-up and they are seasoned musicians including Last Autumn’s Dream vocalist Mikael Erlandsson and Martin Kronlund … Continue reading

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JOLLY – Hurricane Sandy completely destroyed band equipment

JOLLY – Hurricane Sandy completely destroyed band equipment: band kicks off Indiegogo help fund campaign The American rock band JOLLY suffered severely from hurricane Sandy in New York. JOLLY have been working on recording their second studio album “Audio Guide … Continue reading

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NASVILLE PUSSY – From Hell To Texas: Live and Loud in Europe

SPV Nashville Pussy has re-mastered and re-sequenced their well received 2009 album “From Here to Texas” and added a 16 track live disc to bring us “From Hell To Texas – Live and Loud in Europe”. This two disc delight … Continue reading

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