Monthly Archives: November 2013

Album review: RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Dark Wings Of Steel

Rhapsody Of Fire - Dark Wings Of Steel

AFM Records – [Release date 25.11.13] Keyboard wizard Alex Staropoli, founding member of the Symphonic Metal outfit Rhapsody (Rhapsody Of Fire since 2006),  is a man who has suffered trials and tribulations and undoubtedly grown a second skin through relentless … Continue reading

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Interview with ALEX STAROPOLI (Rhapsody Of Fire) – 7 November 2013

Name changes, line up changes, legal disputes: Rhapsody Of Fire have been through and survived all these last couple of years. What is quite surprising, though, is the fact that they have emerged looking stronger and with a top quality … Continue reading

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Album review: ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD – Songs From The Road

Ruf [Release date 18.11.13] Royal Southern Brotherhood ‘Songs From the Road’ cements their place as one of the most essential live experiences in 2013. From their self titled debut album to their incendiary live shows, it’s been a long time … Continue reading

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Album review: SPARKS – New Music For Amnesiacs – The Essential Collection

Lil Beethoven Records (2CD) This two CD, 40 song best of is a condensed version of the recent box set, which features 83 songs. Sparks may be masters of pop yet they have had an influence in the rock world … Continue reading

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Single reviews: STEVE BLOOD, TESS CUNNINGHAM

The Last Xmas

STEVE BLOOD The Last Xmas [Release date 8.12.13] www.thelastxmas.com Christmas songs.  Bah.  Humbug.  Who’d have ‘em?  Frequently cheesy, easily forgotten.  Here at GRTR! Towers we get our share.  This offering is refreshingly different. Steve Blood has an interesting career plying … Continue reading

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Album review: ANGELICA – Thrive

Angelica - Thrive

Frontiers www.frontiers.it Murder of My Sweet front woman Angelica Rylin has moved away from their symphonic metal sound for her debut solo release – Thrive is another one of Frontier’s all-star melodic rock records. Angelica has brought fellow band members … Continue reading

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Interview with OLI BROWN – 25 November 2013

Oli Brown

Having worked most of his career as part of his own band – including a UK tour with John Mayall and a recent high profile European tour with Joe Satriani – the multi-award winning guitarist and singer, Oli Brown takes … Continue reading

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DVD review: JON ANDERSON – Tour Of The Universe

Store For Music www.thestoreformusic.com Although this is released this year by Store For Music, this DVD first saw the light of day back in 2005 when it was released by Classic Pictures. A word of caution for fans as the … Continue reading

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Single review: JOSH TAERK – Casie

Josh Taerk, aircheck (Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 26 November 2013)  Misty Creek Records [Release Date 9.12.13] We live in the age of the self expressive singer songwriter, whose hegemony of the air waves must make the more enduring folkies … Continue reading

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Album review: BADHOVEN – Obsession

        ATS Records (Release date – out now) The last group I can think of that broke out of Austria were the Von Trappe Family Singers who went on to find success in America. With the right … Continue reading

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Quick plays: HANZEL UND GRETYL, SASQUATCH, HIDRIA SPACEFOLK, TOMAS BERGSTREN. JAMES McMORROW

Hidria Spacefolk - Astronautica

HIDRIA SPACEFOLK Astronautica (Hidria Records) http://hidriaspacefolk.st/ This Finnish band formed in 1999 and their first album ‘Symbiosis’ came out in 2002.  The band seem to have evolved organically, and slowly, as band members have come and gone sometimes to have … Continue reading

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

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio

December 2013 Highlights More information at the dedicated website All times, GMT Throughout December, a chance to hear again highlights from some of our 2013 shows. We’ll also be inviting listeners (and readers!) to vote for their favourite album and … Continue reading

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Album review: REO SPEEDWAGON – Live At Moondance Jam

CD/DVD – Frontiers Records [Release Date 29.11.13] It’s a strange feeling to be reviewing a CD of a gig I have fond memories of attending, especially as it was nearly four years ago and the band are scheduled to play … Continue reading

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DVD Review: SPRINGSTEEN AND I

Springsteen & I

Eagle Vision [Release Date 28.10.2013] Bruce Springsteen is an artist who seems to inspire a unique awe and affection among his fans, so it somehow seems appropriate that he is the subject of a music film with a difference. Concert … Continue reading

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Album review: ZOE SCHWARZ BLUES COMMOTION – The Blues Don’t Scare Me

33 Jazz [Release date 04.11.13] Zoe Schwarz’s clarity of diction and unique phrasing mark her out as a special singer capable of making any song exclusively her own. She’s equally happy as a sultry, soulful blues singer or as a … Continue reading

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DVD review: MOVE ME BRIGHTLY – A Documentary Concert Film Celebrating Jerry Garcia’s 70th Birthday

Eagle Vision [Release date 28.1013] ‘Move Me Brightly’ is a trimmed version of an original 5 hour web cast of a concert organised by Bob Weir to celebrate what would have been Jerry Garcia’s 70th birthday. The 2 hours and … Continue reading

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Album review: BOSTON – Life, Love & Hope

Boston - Life, Love & Hope

Frontiers www.frontiers.it [Release date 09.12.13] Relatively quick in Boston terms at just over ten years since the last album ‘Corporate America’ and some songs of that album get reworked by Tom Scholz on this album, a man always on a … Continue reading

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Album review: MICK FARREN AND ANDY COLQUHOUN – Black Vinyl Dress

Gonzo [Release date 28.1013] Mick Farren once said: ‘I’m a lousy singer, but a brilliant rock star’. And while that may be true, the rock scene has all but dissipated and our anti heroes need to do more than come … Continue reading

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Album review: FUGHU – Human – The Tales & Human – The Facts

Fughu [Release date 2013] Argentinean prog-metal band Fughu don’t do things by halves. Apart from releasing two separate albums as a double album, their complex music also wraps itself round two nightmarish librettos, the full drama of which is emoted … Continue reading

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Album review: DEF LEPPARD – Viva Hysteria!

Def Leppard - Viva Hysteria

Frontiers (2CD/DVD) www.frontiers.it One of Britain’s best and hardest working rock bands, Def Leppard have always been at the melodic end despite growing up with the NWoBHM scene. After the classic third album ‘Pyromania’ (which went diamond in the USA), the … Continue reading

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