Monthly Archives: March 2013

Album review: SIDONY BOX – Rules

      Sidony Box play what they call, ‘music of the moment’, revelling in free- form spontaneity which leaves the listener wondering just where they will go next. Nothing is predictable, except perhaps the opening blast of cacophony and … Continue reading

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Album review: SPOCK’S BEARD – Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep

Inside Out www.insideout.de Spock’s Beard return after the well received ‘X’ album and a major line-up change as drummer/vocalist Nick D’Virgilio left in 2011. In his place come two new members, drummer Jimmy Keegan and Enchant vocalist Ted Leonard (do … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUES TRAVELER – Suzie Cracks the Whip

      Freeworld Records Blues Traveler was always a blues based jam band at heart, but with an eye on the main chance, and not much has changed on ‘Suzie Cracks the Whip’. There’s plenty of great playing, and … Continue reading

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Album review: BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST – 25th Anniversary Concert

      Voiceprint Recorded back in 1992 at the Town & Country Club in London, this 25th anniversary concert isn’t quite ‘an absolute must for any Barclay James Harvest fan’ as suggested by the brief liner notes. The budget … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE UNION Islington Academy, Thursday 28 March 2013

This was the rescheduled gig after the February one was postponed as vocalist Pete Shoulder was suffering badly from flu. Luckily he has since fully recovered and there was a decent turn out again. First up were Black Wolf, who … Continue reading

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Album review: THE NEW GROOVE – Quit Bitchin’

        The New Groove Records [Released 10:12) If passion and commitment equated money, The New Groove would be millionaires. ‘Quit Bitchin’ delivers 10 belting rhythm and blues related tracks that mix hot playing and meaningful lyrics with … Continue reading

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Album review: ALAN HEWITT – High Fidelity

        Angel Song Records With a playing and production background spanning Earth Wind & Fire, Warrant, and more recently The Moody Blues, as well as high profile TV and film soundtrack work, keyboard playing vocalist Alan Hewitt’s … Continue reading

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Gig Review: LOVE/ HATE, KNOCK OUT KAINE – Bannermans, Edinburgh, 27 March 2013

Interesting venue Bannermans. It is in the Old Town part of Edinburgh and is a vaulted cellar which forms a compact little venue. At their peak Love/Hate would have been playing venues at least ten times the size of Bannermans, … Continue reading

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Album review: JIMMIE VAUGHAN – Reissues

      Repertoire Records [Release date 05:2013] Perhaps only Jimmy Vaughan could cut a trio of albums that started with a nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album Award (‘Strange Pleasure’) , nearly won the Best Rock Instrumental Performance Award for … Continue reading

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Album review: SIX FEET UNDER – Unborn

Metal Blade – Out Now. Constant band line up changes are normally the stuff of nightmares for any devoted fan as they normally tend to affect both the style and character of a band. In the case of the Floridian … Continue reading

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Album Review: UFO At The BBC: On Air 1974 – 1985

UFO

Chrysalis This is a lovely thing. Admitedly, it is likely to be of most interest to collectors and completists. Then again, at just over £12 at a well known on-line music retailer (other retailers are available), who wouldn’t want to … Continue reading

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Album review: VREID – Welcome Farewell

Indie Recordings – Out Now. London has always been a desired destination for Rock bands since the inception of the genre. One band which has consistently made an effort with visiting the capital of the United Kingdom, mainly as an … Continue reading

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Album review: SODOM – Epitome Of Torture

SPV – Release Date 29/4/2013. Coming up with a decent introduction to a new Sodom album has always been a difficult task for me. I mean, what is there to say that hasn’t already been stated about Tom Angelripper and … Continue reading

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HAMMERFEST V, Pwllheli,Wales,14-16 March 2013

Hammerfest V, March 2013

Another year, another venue but Hammerfest V goes on with the same spirit that it has done for the previous years. Yes there may have been a number of people complaining about the new venue, the line up etc but … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT – NQ Live,Manchester, 8 March 2013

The Temperance Movement, NQ Live,Manchester 13 March 2013

Planet Rock Presents was always going to be a great night and that was evident before we arrived at the venue as it was already sold out. This was due to the quality of the bands on tonight and that … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SPIDER ROCKETS, MY SOLILOQUY, RAGE OF ANGELS, SHANNON, STALA & SO

Spider Rockets – Bitten (SPV) Spider Rockets hail from New Jersey and produce hard rock with classic rock and, to a lesser degree, punk elements.  “Bitten” is the outfit’s third release. What you get is a modern take of in-you-face … Continue reading

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Album review: DEVILLE – Hydra

Small Stone Records www.smallstone.com There is definitely something good in the water in Sweden as not only do they produce a stream of top notch melodic rock and 70′s influenced acts, they have been producing some top draw modern rock … Continue reading

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Album Review: PAUL ROSE – Double Life

Mita Records From the rich and fluid guitar licks to the classic blues arrangements and even the tasteful splashes of delicious Hammond organ, the cream of this collection should prompt worthy comparisons with the playing of Walter Trout or Stevie … Continue reading

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News: THE MOODY BLUES – TIMELESS FLIGHT’ 17 DISC BOX SET

The Moody Blues will release a definitive career-spanning box set entitled ‘Timeless Flight’ on June 3rd 2013. Housed in a heavy-duty LP-sized hard-back slipcase, this lavish box set contains 17 discs including: * 11 remastered CDs featuring key album tracks, … Continue reading

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Album review: SHAI HULUD – Reach Beyond The Sun

Metal Blade – Out Now. Hardcore is a genre that operates within clearly defined parameters and which obeys strict rules; it is a genre that’s long been associated with massive simply-crafted and highly energised Punk-sounding riffs and passionate shouting vocals. … Continue reading

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