Monthly Archives: August 2013

Album review: UNTIL RAIN – Anthem To Creation

Escape Music www.escape-music.com   Until Rain hail from Greece and were formed back in 2004, since then they have released one full album and an EP. Now they have signed with Escape Music to release this rather good slab of … Continue reading

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Album review: CYRIL NEVILLE – Magic Honey

Ruf [Release date 10.09.13]  And finally it’s Cyril Neville’s turn!  ‘Magic Honey’ may have been released in the slipstream of his Royal Southern Brotherhood partners, but if feels more like the final part of an interlinked triumvirate rather than a … Continue reading

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Gig review: HAWKWIND, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 24 August 2013

A very full and enthusiastic crowd tonight, possibly larger than usual as the band are playing the whole of their classic ‘Warrior On The Edge Of Time’ album, in sequence and recently re-issued on Cherry Red Records. I have seen … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUES ‘N’ TROUBLE – Try Anything Twice

Self Release [Release date 17.06.13] Sometime between the mid 80’s and mid 90’s Scotland’s Blues ‘N’ Trouble were real contenders on the European blues scene and even made it over to the States. Essentially a great live band B‘N’T’s unofficial … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OCTOBER – Sway

Up/Down Records www.blueoctober.com [Release date 26.08.13] Blue October are one of those bands that mean a big deal in their native US yet have yet to make a big splash over here in the UK and Europe. If you give … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DIO, HEAVEN RAIN, OLIVA, VANDROYA, EVILYN STRANGE

Nick van der Meulen gives us a run through new releases from Heaven Rain, Giunitini Project, Oliva, Vandroya, Evelyn Strange and another Dio reissue… HEAVEN RAIN – Second Sun Music Buy Mail Another slipped through my fingers: this album was released … Continue reading

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Album review: SINNER – Touch of Sin 2

AFM Records www.afmrecords.de This is another case of a young band signing their rights away and now years later trying to reclaim some of their legacy back. Sinner are amongst a growing number of bands that are now re-recording some … Continue reading

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Album review: ONSLAUGHT – VI

AFM Records [Release date 20.09.13]   When the Bristol-based Thrash Metalers Onslaught decided to give this music business thing another try back in 2005, quite a few people, myself included, were slightly sceptical as to how long this second phase … Continue reading

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Album review: DEADLOCK – The Arsonist

Napalm Records – Out Now. The combination of brutal male and angelic female vocals, better known as the “beauty and the beast” phenomenon in Metal music,  first appeared in the mid 90s and was popularised by leading bands of the … Continue reading

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Album review: DENNERS TRICKBAG – Denners Trickbag

      Target Records ( Release date – 9th Sept 2013) Michael Denner has produced some fine performances over the years both as a member of Mercyful Fate and in King Diamond’s band, his guitar work on the ‘Abigail’ … Continue reading

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Album review: MORELAND & ARBUCKLE – 7 Cities

Telarc [Release date 26.08.13] Moreland & Arbuckle are a power trio with a difference. They hail from Wichita Kansas and their blend of riff driven, southern influenced roots rock is shot through with essential blues influences, but not in the … Continue reading

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Album review: CHURCH OF MISERY – Thy Kingdom Scum

Rise Above – Out Now. Church Of Misery is a Japanese Doom/Stoner Metal quartet that I barely knew up until a couple of years ago. It was a highly energetic and fairly inspirational show at the London Underworld that first … Continue reading

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Gig review: SOS Festival, Manchester, 20-21 July 2013

SOS Festival, 20 July 2013

Now in it’s sixth year, SOS festival is a chance for Rocksector Records to showcase it’s impressive repertoire of rock and metal acts alongside other established and emerging artists. Tucked in a pocket of Radcliffe, within ten miles of the … Continue reading

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Album Review: CAROUSEL VERTIGO – Mighty

      Self-Release (Release date – 21st Oct 2013) Carousel Vertigo is the brainchild of two individuals brought together by a love of guitars and classic rock. Jansen Press and Vincent Martinez, both endorsed by Gibson Guitars, found themselves … Continue reading

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Album review: LITTLE RIVER BAND – Cuts Like A Diamond

Frontiers www.frontiers.it Led by vocalist/bassist Wayne Nelson, who has been with the band since the early 80’s, the band may lack original members or the 80’s AOR sound of the John Farnham fronted days, but they still sound like the … Continue reading

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Album review: GORDON GILTRAP – Reissues

Gordon Giltrap - Perilous Journey

Esoteric [Release date 29.07.13] Gordon Giltrap should be certified A National Treasure.  He’s laboured tirelessly since the late-1960′s honing and preening his guitar style, dipping into various genres including prog, and generally maintaining the highest quality standards. These new reissues … Continue reading

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Album Review: STATUS QUO – The Frantic Four Reunion – Live At The O2 Academy, Glasgow

Status Quo - The Frantic Four Reunion

Fourth Chord Records [Release date 30.09.13] Anyone with even a passing interest in Quo will know the special relationship the group have with the city of Glasgow and, in particular, the late, lamented Glasgow Apollo. Many ageing rockers in the … Continue reading

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Album review: SONS OF HIPPIES – Griffons At The Gates Of Heaven

Cleopatra [Release date 16.07.13] Described as psych-space rockers, and more memorably as: ‘The Bangles on acid’, Sons of Hippies explore retro musical influences with colourful imagery and gothic moods. Their imposing wall of sound is interwoven with ominous poetic lyrics … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BALFLARE, CHRIS NORMAN

CHRIS NORMAN – There And Back

Album review: BALFLARE – Downpour Balfare are a Japanese power metal band who have been around since 2004 and this is their fourth studio album. The music is keyboard led and keyboards player Tommy is the star of the show, … Continue reading

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Album review: PHILIP H.ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS – Walk Through Exits Only

Season Of Mist – Out Now. Philip H. Anselmo is probably one of the few active musicians who, I would presume, is in the enviable position of being able to sit back and rest on his laurels without having to … Continue reading

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