Yearly Archives: 2013

Album review – RED DRAGON CARTEL – Red Dragon Cartel

Red Dragon Cartel

      Frontiers Records [Release date 24.01.14] One of the most instantly recognisable riffs in rock is the opening bars of ‘Bark At The Moon’ from Ozzy but the magic fingers on the fret board belonged to one Jake … Continue reading

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Book review: High Stakes & Dangerous Men – The UFO Story by Neil Daniels

Soundcheck Books www.soundcheckbooks.co.uk UFO have never been a massive band like say Deep Purple, although they have had periods in their history, most notably the 70’s Schenker years, when they easily sold out Apollo sized venues here in the UK … Continue reading

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Album Review: KILLERS – South American Assault/Murder One/Menace To Society

Killers

Metal Mind Productions Alongside the output of Battlezone, Killers is arguably the brightest spot in Paul Di’Anno’s pretty dark post-Maiden career. The band grew out of Battlezone in early 1991 when Di’Anno and drummer Steve Hopgood hooked up with session … Continue reading

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Rock Photography Galleries: October-December 2013 (Fleetwood Mac,Peter Gabriel,Zappa Plays Zappa)

Dweezil Zappa - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 15 November 2013

The Year in Pictures 2013 Photography by Steve Goudie and Iain Scott Zappa Plays Zappa Photo Gallery by Steve Goudie, 15 November 2013 Alice In Chains Photo Gallery by Iain Scott, 14 November 2013 Billy Joel Photo Gallery by Steve … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE LEVELLERS – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh,18 December 2013

The Levellers - Leamington Assembly, 28 June 2013

When it comes to The Levellers I’m afraid I would consider myself a lapsed fan. For many years I bought the albums and attended gigs whenever possible but my attention did drift for a long period through no fault of … Continue reading

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Interview with MORGAN STEINMEYER HAKANSSON (Marduk) – 5 December 2013

I have spoken with quite a few musicians over the years but few can claim to have been as consistently enjoyable and professional as Marduk’s founding member Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson. Currently on tour performing the “Those Of The Unlight” and … Continue reading

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Interview with DEL BROMHAM (Stray) – 24 December 2013

It’s hard to believe Stray founder member and guitarist Del Bromham recently reflected on his web site that 2013 has been a quiet year for him. This after all is the man who apart from deservedly receiving a ‘British Blues … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE BOOMTOWN RATS – Roundhouse, London, 26 October 2013

The Boomtown Rats - Manchester, 1 November 2013

The amount of shows I’ve seen this year that I thought I never would is truly amazing: for every idol that dies, another seemingly resurrects themselves with unerring timing, as if suddenly aware that there may not be many such … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELEYE SPAN – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 2 December 2013

Steeleye Span

Cor, it’s nippy out. I’d better get inside then: after all, what could exude more warmth than an evening of electric folk? There’s a rustic, fireside pleasure inherent in the songs of our ancient heritage which some would say is … Continue reading

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Gig review: PAUL CARRACK – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 1 December 2013

Paul Carrack - photo by Steve Goudie

Sunday night in Aylesbury isn’t necessarily a term that fills one with excitement. However, any such doubts can be put aside on realising you’re going to watch one of the greatest white soul voices to have emanated from the UK … Continue reading

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Gig review – RAY JACKSON’S LINDISFARNE – Newcastle City Hall, 20 December 2013

Ray Jackson

I’m sure everyone is aware of the concept of a ‘bucket’ or ‘wish’ list, a physical or mental note of things you would like to do before shuffling off this mortal coil. I have several things on mine including an … Continue reading

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Album review: BEN GRANFELT – Melodic Relief

Ben Granfelt - Melodic Relief

Supersounds Music [Release date 02.11.12] Ben Granfelt used to partner Andy Powell in Wishbone Ash and it’s no surprise that fellow Finn (and former bandmate in Gringos Locos) Muddy Manninen and Powell contribute to one track, ‘New 7’.  It may … Continue reading

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Album review: SWEET – Hits

Sweet - Hits

Angel Air Records [Release date 13.01.14] This is a thirteen song compilation with a difference from the multitude of Sweet collections out there in that all the songs have been re-recorded by the current line up, namely sole original member … Continue reading

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Quick plays: GINGERFEET, ANDI DERIS & THE BAD BANKERS, NIGHTMARE BOYZZZ

Gingerfeet - High And Above: The First Wave

GINGERFEET – High And Above: The First Wave https://www.facebook.com/gingerfeetindia You don’t get many new funk rock/metal bands come along nowadays so it’s a bit of a treat to have this new band from India Gingerfeet come along. They have a … Continue reading

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Gig review: STATUS QUO/10CC – 02 Arena, London, 15 December 2013

Status Quo - Liverpool, 6 December 2013

When GRTR!’s esteemed Live Editor Dave Wilson asked me to cover this show, I warned him that my review might be rather jaundiced, as I only recognised the original ‘Frantic Four’ line up as the real Quo. The annual Christmas … Continue reading

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Interview: 10Q’s with THE FIERCE & THE DEAD

The Fierce & The Dead - Spooky Action

The Fierce & the Dead have just released a rather good album ‘Spooky Action’ and here we catch-up with band members Matt Stevens and Kev Feazy… 1. What are you currently up to? Matt – We’ve just had the Spooky … Continue reading

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Album Review: THE TWENTY COMMITTEE – A Lifeblood Psalm

      [Self-Released - 1 April 2013]  Oh dear – here we go again. I have been saying for some time now that there is no place in rock music for religion – of any persuasion – and it … Continue reading

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Interview with OLA LINDGREN (Grave) – 5 December 2013

Ola Lindgren, Grave

When I decided to become involved in the world of music journalism a good decade ago, I did so with the hope that, in time, I would be given to meet some of my music heroes and get to talk … Continue reading

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Album review: DEICIDE – In The Minds Of Evil

Century Media – Out Now. When the Hoffman brothers decided to leave Deicide (or were ceremonially fired, depending on which version you choose to believe) back in 2004, many people felt that the days of the American Death Metal band … Continue reading

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Album review: ARTILLERY – Legions

Metal Blade – Out Now. Formed back in 1982 in a suburb of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, Thrash Metal quintet Artillery possessed all the skill and passion necessary to make a name for themselves in the music industry but bad timing … Continue reading

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