Monthly Archives: April 2013

Album review: JULIAN SAS – Bound To Roll

Julian Sas

Cavalier Recordings Voted best blues-rock guitarist in the Benelux countries by the influential Dutch Guitarist magazine, the key to any Julian SAS CD is his tasteful, fluid soling, an array of wholesome tones and his ability to transform any given … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP PURPLE: Now What?!

Deep Purple - Now What?!

earMUSIC [Release date: 29.04.13] I remember seeing Purple on their 2009 tour and, between albums, it all seemed a bit lack-lustre with a perfunctory trawl through the familiar golden nuggets. Fast forward to their 19th studio album and the band … Continue reading

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Gig Review: SAXON, QUIREBOYS – ABC, Glasgow, 21 April 2013

Saxon, Glasgow ABC, 21 April 2013

It’s been a long time since I have seen Saxon, too long in fact. I should have caught them at Download last year but a combination of heavy traffic and mud ensured that Biff and the guys had been and … Continue reading

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Quick plays: CRAIG JOHN DAVIDSON, ERICA NOCKALLS, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON,DERRIN NAUENDORF

Craig John Davidson - The Last Laugh

Craig John Davidson – The Last Laugh (Fat Hippy Records) [Release date: 29.04.13] Being on Fat Hippy Records is somewhat appropriate in the case of this 4th solo album from acoustic troubadour Craig John Davidson.  Not because he’s fat, because … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BEAUTIFUL OLD – Turn Of The Century Songs

THE BEAUTIFUL OLD - Turn Of The Century Songs

Doubloon Records [Release date 03.06.13) Who of those baby boomers amongst us can't immediately recall the strains of the [the man on] ‘The Flying Trapeze’ – a staple on Children’s Favourites? This loving re-visiting of parlour songs from the 1823 … Continue reading

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Album review: RUTH MOODY – These Wilder Things

Ruth Moody - These Wilder Things

A six day residency at The Royal Albert Hall (albeit opening for Mark Knopfler) says a lot about the rising status of Ruth Moody, founder and current member of Billboard topping band The Wailin’ Jennys. Produced and engineered by David … Continue reading

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Album review: ALANIS MORISSETTE – Live At Montreux 2012

Alanis Morissette - Live At Montreux 2013

Eagle Rock The fact that Alanis Morissette has sold over 60 million albums is pretty impressive.  The fact that over half have been her been her monumental 1995 ‘debut’ album Jagged Little Pill, suggests that it’s a career highpoint that … Continue reading

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Album review: THEA GILMORE – Regardless

Thea Gilmore - Regardless

Thea Gilmore is nothing if not prolific – Regardless is her 14th album in as many years, but look a little more deeply at her recent output and you’ll see that her last two offerings have been a re-working of … Continue reading

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Album review: TRACER – El Pistolero

Mascot Records [Release date: 06.05.13] Take one young retro sounding Australian band and send them to Europe to make a splash and build up a following. Sign them to a Dutch label and then record them in LA under the wing … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DANGER ANGEL, LORNE HIND

DANGER ANGEL - Revolutia

Perris Records www.perrisrecords.com Formed back in Athens, Greece in 2006 this is Danger Angel’s second album and they have enlisted Jeff Scott Soto to produce the album plus add his backing vocals. Jeff Scott Soto performed the vocals on their … Continue reading

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Interview with JARLE (Hvàll) KVALE from VREID (April 2013)

Norwegian Black Metal has come a long way since the early 90s, a sentiment that is definitely shared by Jarle (Hvàll) Kvale – bassist and leading Member of the Norwegian quartet Vreid. Having released a splendid album in “Welcome Farewell”, … Continue reading

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DVD review: PETER FRAMPTON – Live In Detroit

When discussing the recording techniques of the six million selling ‘Frampton Comes Alive’ in the bonus interview section of this excellent DVD, Peter Frampton remembers asking: ‘Why release a live album if you can’t hear the audience?’ It was the … Continue reading

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Album review: PRIMITIVE INSTINCT – One Man’s Refuge

Self Release – November 2012 Any band that starts their recording career on Cyclops Records is always worth keeping an eye on as they progress and Primitive Instinct, signed to the label in 1994, are no exception. Following on from … Continue reading

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Gig review: SAXON, The Quireboys, Leamington Assembly, 18 April 2013

Saxon, Leamington Assembly, 18 April 2013

A couple of years ago Biff announced from the Assembly stage that he was so impressed with the venue and the audience that he promised to bring the band back on the next tour. Many things get said within the … Continue reading

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Gig review: HELLOWEEN – The Forum, Kentish Town, London, 16 April 2013

Helloween, Kentish Town Forum, 16 April 2013

If you are a frequent visitor to our pages, especially our gig reviews section, you would have undoubtedly noticed that on the 15th of April, a day prior to the one featured in this review, I attended a magnificent Pain … Continue reading

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Gig review: WORLD PARTY, RNCM, Manchester,15 April 2013

World Party, RNCM, Manchester, 15 April 2013

The RNCM main concert hall provided a suitably majestic setting for what was to be an evening of wonderful music, the stage arranged on the hexagon floor had the backdrop of the rather impressive Hradetsky Concert Organ and the theatre … Continue reading

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Album review: TAYLOR’S UNIVERSE – Worn Out

Marvel Of Beauty Records [Release date: 2013] There was time many years ago when Jazz-Rock was a new, vibrant and exciting musical form and north European countries provided some of the leading talents of the genre. It’s perhaps no big … Continue reading

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Gig review: IL NINO, SACRED MOTHER TONGUE, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 4 April 2013

Il Nino, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 4 April 2013

It beckoned to be a good night, the advertised line up was very strong and the venue was a good one for the crowd.  However it soon became apparent that the lineup had changed but no notification of this was … Continue reading

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Album review: PRETTY MAIDS – Motherland

Frontiers Records (Release date 22.3.13) I was reminded what a long career Pretty Maids have enjoyed when, a couple of years back, a well-oiled singer Ronnie Atkins burst into a curry house after Firefest and regaled us diners with tales … Continue reading

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Album review: STONE SOUR – The House of Gold & Bones Part Two

Roadrunner Corey Taylor never seems to sleep as he is either penning books, comic books or music, in this case the rather good Stone Sour. If like me you’re no fan of Slipknot, Stone Sour are much more accessible and … Continue reading

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