Monthly Archives: July 2013

Album review: REUBEN ARCHER’S PERSONAL SIN

Reuben  Archer

Toxic Arrow [Release date 19.08.13] Reuben Archer has been around the block enough times to know every doorhole, boozer and bookie by heart. The current (and previous) vocalist with hard rockers Stampede is also fronting up the Paul Raymond Project … Continue reading

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Gig review: WINTERSUN – The Garage, London, 16 July 2013

Support Acts: Bloodshot Dawn & Savage Messiah There is something truly ironic about a Finnish band visiting London on the hottest day of the year and performing at a venue that feels worse than a sauna, or the very lungs … Continue reading

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Gig review: SANTANA – LG Arena, Birmingham, 17 July 2013

Santana - LG Arena, Birmingham, 17 July 2013

There can be fewer pleasing combinations than the music of Santana on the hottest day of the year during an unexpected heatwave. With the rhythm section pumped up to the max, the always spiritual Carlos Santana would have us believe … Continue reading

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Album review: HELRUNAR & ARSTIDIR LIFSINS – Fragments – A Mythological Excavation

Prophecy Productions – Out Now. As a teenage metalhead immersed in the Heavy Metal scene of the mid 80s, I had often relied on split releases, whether in full length, EP or singles format, as a means of keeping myself … Continue reading

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Album review: PURSON – The Circle And The Blue Door

Rise Above – Out Now. Retro rock is enjoying a renewed wave of interest and, and in typical fashion for the music industry, record labels are in a rush to capitalise on it by signing as many such bands as … Continue reading

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Album review: DUCKWORTH LEWIS METHOD – Sticky Wickets

Duckworth Lewis Method (Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy and Thomas Walsh of Pugwash) return with their second album following on from their fantastic debut album released back in 2009. This album is one of this year’s most eagerly awaited … Continue reading

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Album review: THE POODLES – Tour De Force

Frontiers www.frontiers.it With fifth album “Tour De Force” The Poodles have come up with another quality slab of polished, melodic Euro rock. From the album’s ultimate highlight “Kings &Fools” to bonus track “En För Alla För En” (an almost Eurovision … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMES CHRISTIAN – Lay It All On Me

Frontiers Records [Release date 05.07.13] Having survived a brush with cancer, House of Lords singer James Christian is back with his first solo album in nearly a decade. Given that he is the only original member in the band these … Continue reading

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Album review: OMAR DYKES – Runnin’ With The Wolf

Provogue [Release date 09.07.13] ‘Runnin’ With The Wolf’ is pretty much in keeping with Omar Dykes’s new found role as an interpreter of the blues. It’s a role far removed from his 90’s heyday with Provogue records, the label he … Continue reading

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Album review: D-A-D – Dic.Nii.Lan.Daft.Erd.Ark

D-A-D - Dic.Nii.Lan.Daft.Erd.Ark

AFM Records (Deluxe Edition) [Release date 25.03.13] Following the original 2011 release of “Dic.Nii.Lan.Daft.Erd.Ark” D-A-D enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence, with the Danish band playing further afield then they had done for some years. The band’s 11th studio album in … Continue reading

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Gig Review: RAY DAVIES, ELVIS COSTELLO, JUSTIN CURRIE – Hyde Park,12 July 2013

Old hippies of a certain vintage reminisce fondly about the days of free festivals, which has been unthinkable to my generation,  once the corporate world cottoned on to the fact there was money to be made out of live rock … Continue reading

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Album review: ANDY SCOTT – The Solo Singles

Angel Air www.angelair.co.uk Andy Scott made his name as the guitarist in the Sweet, a version of which he still tours with to this day. In the 80’s though after the Sweet called it a day in the early 80’s … Continue reading

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Album review: JONNY COLA & THE A-GRADES – Spitfire

[Release date 09.09.13] www.theagrades.net Second album by Jonny Cola & the A-Grades who have already released the superb single ‘Straight To Video’, which is included on here. That single recalled such greats as Mott The Hoople and this album is … Continue reading

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Album review: AOIFE O’DONOVAN – Fossils

AOIFE O

Yep Roc [Release date 24.06.13] Aoife (pronounced Ee-fuh)’s debut solo album at the age of 30 is already making something of a splash on the other side of the pond.  With a wealth of experience already under her belt as … Continue reading

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Album review: MADISON VIOLET – Come As You Are Live

MADISON VIOLET - Come As You Are Live

True North Records [Release date 01.07.13] Released on both DVD and CD formats, Come As You Are Live captures Madison Violet – Canadian country / folk due Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac – at a sold out date in Koln, … Continue reading

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Album review: DREW HOLCOMB AND THE NEIGHBORS – Good Light

DREW HOLCOMB AND THE NEIGHBORS - Good Light

Magnolia Music [Release date 26.08.13] Being something of a female vocalist ‘junkie’ I was rather hoping Drew was the blonde on the album cover.  But it turns out that’s Drew’s wife and band mate Ellie.  Drew’s the foot-clapping guy who … Continue reading

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Album review: GENTLE GIANT – Three Friends/Octopus

Gentle Giant - Three Friends/Octopus

BGO Records [Release date 24.06.13] I’ve no recollection how it was that Octopus came to be part of my 1970′s vinyl collection.  It certainly wasn’t that Gentle Giant were a band that any of my ‘circle’ listened to.  Maybe it … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMES LABRIE – Impermanent Resonance

Inside Out  [Release Date: 29.07.13] Dream Theater are a multi-million making Prog Metal machine and, as such, rightfully the main priority of all the band members. With a new studio album scheduled to be released late this summer, the idea … Continue reading

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Album Review: THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – Brothers And Sisters

Allman Brothers Band - Brothers And Sisters

Capricorn Records Although ‘Eat A Peach’ was released after the tragic death of supremely talented guitarist, Duane Allman in 1971, ‘Brothers and Sisters’ was the first Allman Brothers Band collection without any contributions from him at all. The twin lead … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE ZITO & THE WHEEL – Gone To Texas

Mike Zito

Ruf [Release date 17.06.13] Mike Zito’s ‘Gone To Texas’ is both a literal and metaphorical title, reflecting the fact he’s overcome his previous drug and alcohol problems and has moved to Texas from the mid- west in search of sobriety … Continue reading

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