Monthly Archives: October 2013

Quick plays: SHADOW OF ACOLYTE, TERMINAL DEGREE, MALLET

Shadow Of Acolyte

www.facebook.com/shadowofacolyte [Release date 30.09.13] It’s always interesting to receive stuff by a young English hard rock band that you’ve never heard of.  Formed in 2008, Shadow Of Acolyte hail from the East Midlands and is essentially Aaron Gidney (guitar and … Continue reading

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News: Get Ready to ROCK! Radio – November 2013 Highlights

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio

November 2013 Highlights More information at the dedicated website All times, GMT Sunday 3 November 18:00 Rob Reed – Captain Magenta GRTR!’s David Randall chatted to Rob in 2012 and this special feature includes tracks from the band’s previous albums … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEVE HACKETT – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 29 October 2013

Steve Hackett - Liverpool, 29 October 2013

Perhaps because he’s never been the archetypal flashy rock guitarist, and perhaps because he’s largely plied his solo career away from the spotlight, Steve Hackett’s almost become  the ‘forgotten man’ from the classic 1971 to 1977 Genesis line up.  Until … Continue reading

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Gig Review: SKID ROW – The Garage, Glasgow, 28 October 2013

For those of you old enough to remember the 80’s I am sure that you would agree that the decade saw some great moments in rock and metal. The 90’s however were to my mind less productive and a bit … Continue reading

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Album Review: MOTHER BLACK CAP – Energy

Mother Black Cap

Cyclops Records [Release Date 17.06.13] If classic/prog rock, well played with clever, insightful lyrics is the sort of thing that lights up your musical world you really should have a closer look at this little gem from Mother Black Cap. … Continue reading

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News: Progressive rockers Magenta play acoustic set for In Session series

Magenta (Rob Reed, Christina Booth, Chris Fry)

  MAGENTA In Session for GRTR! Assume The Position Sunday 3 November 2013, 22:00 As part of the In Session series for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, influential, award-winning, prog-rockers MAGENTA have provided an exclusive acoustic session. Featuring tracks from … Continue reading

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Album review: MANFRED MANN – EP Collection

Manfred Mann EP Collection

Brollyeps [Release date 04.11.13] Manfred Mann has been well served by recent reissues, not least 2011′s splendid box set.  However, it is left to this latest collection to showcase the sixties incarnation of his band when he had Paul Jones … Continue reading

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Album review: Released! – The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998

Released - The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998

Eagle Records [Release date: 28.10.13] 6-DVD set, 4 CDs 10th December 2013 marks the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights  – instigated after World War II and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.  It provided the … Continue reading

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News: Amnesty Concert 6 DVD and 4 CD set released 28 October

Released - The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998

Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce that on Monday 28th October 2013 it will be issuing ¡RELEASED! – a major six-disc DVD box-set and four companion CD sets of the historic “Human Rights Concerts” presented by the Nobel Peace … Continue reading

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Album review: THE VISION BLEAK – Witching Hour

Prophecy Productions – Out Now. Goth and Metal are two musical genres which, though closely related in some ways, are obviously quite distinct. It was in the early 90s and in the truly capable hands of bands like Anathema, Paradise … Continue reading

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Album review: DEATH ANGEL – The Dream Calls For Blood

Nuclear Blast – Out Now. Twelve years ago, and following a ten year Sabbatical, the vast majority of the original line up of the Bay Area Thrashers Death Angel reunited for the purpose of participating in Thrash of the Titans … Continue reading

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Quick Plays: DAVID GATES, MISTRESS, CRASHDIET, REINXEED, SAVATAGE

MISTRESS  Loveteaser www.reverbnation.com/mistressrockband New Zealand band Mistress wants to bring back that 80’s hair metal sound…on a £2.53 budget judging by the sound. Mind you legendary producer Beau Hill does remix one song on here, ‘She’s A Sinner’. Siggy Signal … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – Live In Germany 1991

Saxon - Live In Germany 1991

Edsel Records [Release date 28.10.13] You could argue: why do we want another Saxon live album from a time when arguably they were past their peak?  Don’t be so miserable.  Recorded in Germany in 1991 the band had just recorded … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – In Search Of The Fourth Chord/Quid Pro Quo (reissues)

Status Quo - In Search Of The Fourth Chord

Edsel [Release date 28.10.13] There’s something quite irresistible about Quo, perhaps the more so since they’ve recently reformed with the classic line-up and re-discovered their seventies mojo.  Yes, they have had their fair share of naff-ness (recently consolidated by their … Continue reading

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Book review: The Beach Boys In Concert by Ian Rusten and Jon Stebbins

Backbeat Books www.backbeatbooks.com You could sum this review up simply as this book is perfect for the avid Beach Boys fan. It lists nearly all of their concerts from their early days up until their 2012 reunion, although the later … Continue reading

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Album & DVD review: JIMI HENDRIX – Hear My Train A Comin’/Miami Pop Festival

Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A Comin

Sony Music [Release date 04.11.13] It’s several years now since the Hendrix back catalogue was acquired by Sony Music and since then together with the Hendrix Estate (Experience Hendrix) they have been reinventing the legendary performer via a series of … Continue reading

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Album review: THE YARDBIRDS – Making Tracks

  Wienerworld   [Release date 06.10.13] Much like their touring stable mates The Zombies with whom they share a 50 year history, The Yardbirds have all but been rediscovered in the American heartland where this album was recorded. Due to … Continue reading

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Album review: SHHH…APES! – The Shape of Apes to Come

  Matchbox Records   [Release date 14.10.13] Shhh…Apes!  is a welsh combo steered by their effervescent founder member Mark Foley, who don’t so much compose songs, as paint aural landscape and populate them with a subtly crafted mix of harmonies, percussion … Continue reading

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Gig review: FIREFEST X, Nottingham Rock City, 18-20 October 2013

Firefest X

Firefest’s status as almost a world convention for melodic hard rock seems to grow with each passing year. This year’s Festival was virtually sold out months in advance, reflecting the strongest line up to date and a festival that has … Continue reading

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Interview with ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN (ex-The Gathering) – 19 October 2013

Meeting an artist whose work over the years has had a profound effect on you on a purely emotional level is like a double-edged sword: a good experience can further enhance your appreciation of them, whereas the opposite can cause … Continue reading

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