Yearly Archives: 2013

Album Review: BROTHERS GROOVE – Play The Game

Shabby Toad Records – [Release Date: January 2014] The Brothers Groove comprises a trio of funk loving, soulful blues veterans from Birmingham, who together with producer /drummer Wayne Proctor live up to their name on an album full of good taste, feel … Continue reading

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Gig review: AIRBOURNE – HMV Forum, London,13 December 2013

Airbourne

Proving that the newer generation of bands are keeping classic rock alive and well, the Forum was packed to the rafters for this excellent value, if very diverse,  three band bill, headlined by the larger than life Australians who fill … Continue reading

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Gig review: THEA GILMORE, Telford’s Warehouse, Chester, 17 December 2013

Thea Gilmore setlist, 17 December 2013

In a week that saw Sam Bailey crowned Queen of X Factor and announcing  that her first album may be one of cover versions, you can’t help feeling that the true musical troopers suffer in silence. Enter, Thea Gilmore, who … Continue reading

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Album Review: TUVAL CAIN – Forging The Future

 Master’s Forge Records – [Release Date: 22.08.13] This is a prog rock album with as many musical twist and turns, as there are dichotomous themes. The subject matter shifts from the micro, through relationship songs, to the macro of biblical themes, … Continue reading

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Album Review: NINA FERRO – Into The Light

Night Creatures Records– [Release Date: 01.11.13] The trick with a singer songwriter is always to finds a suitable niche with which to build their profile. In the case of Anglo Australian Nina Ferro things are slightly different. She’s already a … Continue reading

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Album Review: HENRIK FREISCHLADER – Night Train To Budapest

Cable Car Records– [Release Date: 29.11.13] ‘Night Train To Budapest’ places the emphasis squarely on Henrik’s fast maturing song writing, his love of wholesome grooves and array of aching guitar tones. He’s a one man crusade – he plays all … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MANIC SHINE – Let Go Or Be Dragged

THE MANIC SHINE – Let Go Or Be Dragged

The Animal Farm – [Release date: 27.01.14] It’s rare to hear an album crammed full of original ideas, great playing, a subtle production and crossover rock songs with real commercial potential. The aptly named The Manic Shine is a powerful … Continue reading

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Gig Review: THE CRUNCH – Nambucca, London, 12 December 2013

The night didn’t start too well when we had to teach the barman how to pour a pint of real ale out of the hand pump. But the service, very much like the gig, improved dramatically over the next few … Continue reading

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Gig review: TOSELAND/Chrome Molly, Islington Academy 2, 11 December 2013

Rock and speed (on wheels, that is) are natural bedfellows, from heavy metal’s long association with motorbikes to the guitar dabblings of Formula 1 figures like Damon Hill and Eddie Jordan.  To be a success in both fields is as … Continue reading

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Gig review: DEATH ANGEL – London, The Underworld, 10 December 2013‏

Dew-Scented - London Underworld, 10 December 2013

Support Acts: Dew-Scented Review & Photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Five days on from the glorious Marduk/Grave show, I am back in The Underworld in Camden to see San Francisco Thrashers Death Angel, who are back in town, supporting their … Continue reading

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DVD review: DEEP PURPLE – Perfect Strangers Live

Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers Live (DVD)

Eagle Records – Out Now Deep Purple have experienced eight main member reshuffles since they first formed in Hertford back in 1968, however, it has been universally accepted that it is the work of the Mark II line up (Gillan/ … Continue reading

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DVD review: TED NUGENT – Ultralive Ballisticrock

Ted Nugent - Ultralive Ballisticrock (DVD)

Frontiers – Out Now. Theodore Anthony Nugent is a man who has, of late, managed to find himself in the spotlight for reasons that have more to do with his staunch conservative political views, rather than his musical abilities. There … Continue reading

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Album Review: THE HOLMES BROTHERS – Brotherhood

Alligator Records – [Release Date: 15.10.13] The Holmes Brothers raised the bar of expectations with the outright success of their last album ‘Feed My Soul’. And ‘Brotherhood’ answers all the germane questions of what to do next, as it reigns … Continue reading

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News: CHERRY PICKIN’: Win six albums in our Xmas competition

Cherry Red Records

Sunday 15 December, 18:00 (GMT) Tuesday 17 December, 16:00 (repeat) Thursday 19 December, 21:00 (repeat) Saturday 21 October, 17:00 (repeat) The latest of our Cherry Red Records showcases is broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio This hour long sequence … Continue reading

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Gig Review: MICHAEL MONROE – Thekla, Bristol, 2 December 2013

Michael Monroe’s illustrious career in the history of rock and roll started in 1980 when he was the flamboyant, fun and edgy vocalist of Hanoi Rocks. This new sounding glam punk band had a strong influence over many bands including … Continue reading

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Gig review: PAPA ROACH – Brixton Academy, London,10 December 2013

The subtitle to this review should be ‘My daughter made me do it!’ as not only does she love Papa Roach but I have been tasked writing this review as she thinks she would be too biased! So here we … Continue reading

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Album Review: UNIFIED PAST – Spots

Unified Past

      Melodic Revolution Records – [Release Date: 11.06.13] I usually find that, as a general rule of thumb, the more verbose the press release, the worse the accompanying piece of work is – the old ‘empty vessels make … Continue reading

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Book review: If You Like The Ramones… by Peter Aaron

Backbeat Books www.backbeatbooks.com The latest in this excellent series of ‘If You Like…’ books and this time it is US punk meets rock ‘n’ roll legends the Ramones. This one is slightly different as the author Peter Aaron not only … Continue reading

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Interview with TOR ODDMUND SUHRKE & ØYSTEIN LANDSVERK (Leprous) – 9 November 2013

Leprous are a group of five very skilled musicians who are better known in the wider Metal community as the backing band of guitar maestro and Emperor front man Ihsahn. Having quietly perfected their craft over the last twelve years, … Continue reading

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Album review: ASOMVEL – Knuckle Duster

Bad Omen Records – Out Now. Ask anyone in the music business what the two basic elements for achieving commercial success are (apart from talent, obviously), and you are bound to hear among the answers ‘good timing’ and ‘luck’. These, … Continue reading

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