Monthly Archives: April 2013

Album review: SNOWFALL – Cold Silence

      Escape Music www.escape-music.com Norwegian band formed from the ashes of Winter Parade and they feature Tore Meli (guitars/keys), ‘PB’ Riise (bass/keys) and Coldspell’s drummer Perra Johnson, who has also recently appeared on the Love Under Fire album. … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMES COTTON – Cotton Mouth Man

James Cotton

Alligator records [Release date: 06.05.13] Grammy award winning Chicago blues-harp legend James Cotton is back! Well he’s never really been away, but ill health robbed him of his vocals making it all the more remarkable that ‘Cotton Mouth Man’ is … Continue reading

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Gig review: SUICIDAL TENDENCIES,DRI,Waking the Dead – Amos’ Southend,Charlotte,NC,26 April 2013

They say the sun shines on a dead dog’s ass from time to time. Can’t think of a more accurate cliché that fits my life. After a long ofrun of seeing some awesome shows it seemed that the well had … Continue reading

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Album review: PETER GREEN SPLINTER GROUP – The Very Best Of

Snapper Music (double CD) Peter Green was a founding member of Fleetwood Mac (having previously been in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers) and he was a key driver in that band’s early blues rock sound. He left Fleetwood Mac in 1970 due … Continue reading

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Album review: ARTLANTICA – Across the Seven Seas

        SPV www.spv.de (released 24th May) New band in name, although they have morphed out of Angel of Eden who released a cracking album ‘The End Of Never’. That line-up featured former Royal Hunt vocalist John West, … Continue reading

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Album review: THE JAN HOLBERG PROJECT – Sense Of Time, At Your Service

The Jan Holberg Project - Sense Of Time

Sense Of Time (2011) Norwegian bassist Jan Holberg has a good philosophy outlined in his liner notes to 2011′s ‘Sense Of Time’: that with music there should be no boundaries.  So in his first ‘solo’ venture he explores AOR and … Continue reading

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Album review: TRUCKER DIABLO – Songs Of Iron

Trucker Diablo - Songs Of Iron

Ripple Music [Release date – 13.05.13] Back in December 2011 Trucker Diablo’s first album ‘The Devil Rhythm’ dropped onto my door mat ripe for review. After listening to said disc my one issue with the album was that it had … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN NICKOLOFF – Get Out Of My Way

John Nickoloff

Independent/TSM [Release date: 02.05.13] John Nickoloff opens his debut 5 track EP/CD ‘Get Out Of My Way’ with hard rock pretensions but gradually moves towards radio friendly MOR material. Either way he’s got a great rock voice that effortlessly brings … Continue reading

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Album review: SWEETKENNY – Jennifer’s Box Of Junk

Sweet Kenny

Waterfall Records/TSM [Release date: 2013] ‘Jennifer’s Box of Junk’ is both a title and concept. As song writer/ guitarist Kenny Sutton explains: ‘each song had to be something you would put in a box of junk’. Make of that what … Continue reading

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Album review: GASTRIC BAND – Party Feel

Gastric Band

Armellodie Records [Release date: 03.06.13] With a line up comprising two drummers and three guitarists with additional synths, loops, samples and percussion, Scotland’s awfully titled Gastric Band are clearly not your ordinary beat combo. Party Feel is anything but an … Continue reading

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Album review: VIRGIL & THE ACCELERATORS – Live at Marshall 31/8/12

Virgil & The Accelerators

Mystic Records [Release date: 29.04.13] One of the hardest working and talented young kick ass rock-blues bands on the circuit, Virgil & The Accelerators are like a lightning bolt out of the starting block. Having shown their raw ability in … Continue reading

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Album review: FRANCESCO MARRAS – Black Sheep

Francesco Marras

Independent Screaming Shadows guitarist Francesco Marras’s debut solo album has enough dazzling shredding and a sense of spontaneity to gives it crossover appeal to Vai, Malmsteen and Satriani fans. But you sense that the triumvirate’s collective musical palette has already … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BLACK MARBLES – Made In Concrete

The Black Marbles

TBM productions/New Music [Release date: 08.03.13] Described as ‘a mix of swag, groove, energy, heart & soul with their own take on rock ‘n’ roll’,  70’s influenced Swedish rockers The Black Marbles wear their retro influences on their sleeve in a … Continue reading

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Album review: BELIEVE – The Warmest Sun In Winter

Metal Mind Productions www.metalmind.com.pl Poland is hotbed for progressive rock, being a lucrative touring circuit for overseas bands and then producing some fine bands of their own like Riverside, Satellite and Believe. This is the band’s fifth album and the … Continue reading

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Album review: MOON BIRD – Signs of Illusion

Moon Bird

      Kwinch Music/TSM [Release date:04.13] Moon Bird is a great name for a band that revels in layered sounds, sweeping melodies and David Gilmour style progressions. ‘Signs Of Illusion’ is probably too derivative to break new ground, but given … Continue reading

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Album review: FLICKER – How Much Are You Willing To Forget?

Self-released – 28.1.2013 I wonder, historically, how many really good albums have never been given the chance to shine or be commercially successful due to an opening track being so naff that most reviewers Frisbee the disc to the wastebasket … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE SATRIANI – Unstoppable Momentum

Joe Satriani - Unstoppable Momentum

Interview edit: Joe Satriani, 24 May 2013 First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 6 June 2013 Epic [Release date 06.05.13] With guitar instrumentals, in fact guitar rock per se, it nearly always comes back to Satch.  Well, nearly always.  How … Continue reading

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News: THE BEACHBOYS – Live 50th Anniversary Tour CD

The Beach Boys are pleased to announce their new concert album, Live – The 50th Anniversary Tour, a 2CD and digital collection of 41 standout recordings from their acclaimed 2012 reunion tour. Last year’s reunion of Brian Wilson, Mike Love, … Continue reading

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Gig review: FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS + FORT HOPE + UGLY LOVE

The Underworld, London Wednesday 24th April 2013 The Underworld – a well known venue, famous for the many bands and artists that have performed there. And now, it seems there is a new addition to their ever growing list; Fearless … Continue reading

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Album review: SHADOWQUEEN – Don’t Tell

SHADOWQUEEN - Don

  Bad Reputation [Release date 13.05.13] I realised recently – and unplanned – that the first half-hour of my weekly radio show was made up of several Aussie acts, including Tracer and original AC/DC vocalist Dave Evans.  Along with bands … Continue reading

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