Monthly Archives: January 2014

News: STAN BUSH and FERREIRA new albums

THE ULTIMATE STAN BUSH ALBUM ARRIVES IN MARCH: Legendary AOR singer/songwriter Stan Bush is ready to deliver The Ultimate – and MelodicRock Records is proud to announce a partnership to bring Stan’s all-new studio album to fans worldwide. MelodicRock Records … Continue reading

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Interview with JILL JANUS (Huntress) – 18 January 2014

Passion, determination, organisation…apart from luck, these are all attributes that any band needs to be in possession of if it’s to have any chance of making a career in the music business these days. It takes less than a minute … Continue reading

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Interview with DAVID BOWER (Hell) – 16 January 2014

Technically proficient, passionate, flamboyant, entertaining…these are words that perfectly describe the Nottingham-based Heavy Metal institution Hell – a band which has managed to win the hearts and minds of riff lovers across the globe over the last three or so … Continue reading

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Album Review: RPWL – Wanted

RPWL - Wanted

Gentle Art Of Music – [Release Date: 17.03.14] There are times, aren’t there, when something is musically so good, so in tune with your own ideas and philosophy, that somehow words don’t really do it justice. I could leave this … Continue reading

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Album review: DANIELE LIVERANI – Fantasia

SG Records www.danieleliverani.com Daniele Liverani is a very accomplished Italian guitarist and this latest instrumental album from him is very accessible and melodic. Joining Danielle are drummer Simon Ciccotti, bass player Nicolo Vese and on keyboards Marco Zago. Lots of … Continue reading

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Gig review: DUCKS DELUXE – Half Moon, Putney, London, 22 December 2013

Ducks Deluxe

Let me make myself abundantly clear: matinee gigs are not, have never been, and never will be, one of my favourite pastimes. Especially at Christmas, after two days spent reviewing other shows (at night as per usual), with all the … Continue reading

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Album review: BLOODGOOD – Dangerously Close

Doolittle www.bloodgoodband.com Back in the late 80’s I discovered the delights of Christian rock/metal or white metal as it was known. Now the lyrics can be OTT and preachy at times but the bands on the whole were very good … Continue reading

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Album review: PESTILENCE – Obsideo

Candlelight Records – Out Now. 2008 was a very important year for fans of old school Death Metal as it marked the return on active service of the Dutch Death Metal quartet Pestilence – a unique and technically outstanding outfit … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TREATMENT – Running With The Dogs

The Treatment - Running With The Dogs

Spinefarm Records [Release date – 3.01.14] The Treatment are a band who have lived a bit of a charmed life so far. Their first album ‘This Might Hurt’’ was recorded in the studio of Steve Harris from Iron Maiden and … Continue reading

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Album review: DRIVING MRS SATAN – Popscotch

Driving Mrs Satan - Popscotch

www.drivingmrssatan.com Does the world need an album of metal covers by acts like Helloween, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Slayer and Faith No More? You might not think so, but when it’s something as unique as Popscotch, by … Continue reading

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Quick plays: AMELIA WHITE, EDDI READER, THE O’s, THE SWEET LOWDOWN

Amelia White - Old Postcard

AMELIA WHITE Old Postard [Release date 10.03.14] East Nashville-based singer and songwriter Amelia White wasn’t encouraged by her parents to pursue her musical dream.  But their disapproval lit a fire as she listened to Neil Young, Beatles, Stones, and Muddy … Continue reading

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Album review: ABI MOORE – Amoeba & Stone

Abi Moore - Amoeba & Stone

Honest Records [Release date 03.02.14] The third album from independent Lincolnshire songstress Abi Moore is a rather pleasant affair.  Switching effortlessly between folk and Americana it should cement the growing reputation of a singer songwriter who’s had support slots for … Continue reading

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Album review: ALICE COOPER – Reissues (Trash/Hey Stoopid)

Alice Cooper - Trash

Hear No Evil [Release date 23.09.13 and 27.01.14] Alice Cooper is not an artist whose back catalogue has seen much by way of remastering and re-issues and I’ve longed for Bob Ezrin to dig out the original recordings of Love … Continue reading

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Album review: ALICE COOPER – Brutally Live

Alice Cooper - Brutally Live

Salvo (CD/DVD) [Release date] It’s ironic that as Brutally Live is about to be re-released, the whole concert has been broadcast on BBC4.  So if you’ve been watching the TV schedules you’ll hopefully have had the good sense to either … Continue reading

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Album review: HEART – Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum

Heart - Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum

Ann Wilson chats about her career in the Songwriters series, Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 23 March, 13:00 GMT.  More information Frontiers Records (CD and DVD Deluxe Edition) [Release date 24.02.14] Heart’s 15th studio album, Fanatic, released in October … Continue reading

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Gig Review: FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton 21 January 2014

The Fun Lovin

The Fun Lovin’ Criminals shot to fame after the release of the single ‘Scooby Snacks’ from their 1996 album ‘Come Find Yourself’. This success established the band’s truly unique sound mixing hip hop and alternative rock along with a deep … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE ZOMBIES, THE YARDBIRDS, THE ANIMALS and Friends – The Waterside, Aylesbury, 23 January 2014

Colin Blunstone - The Zombies

Something about the billing of this tour as a ‘celebration of 50 years of Rhythm and Blues with the artists that shaped a musical revolution’ gave off a slight whiff of cabaret. It was a feeling the gig seemed to … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE BLACKOUT – King Tut’s, Glasgow, 23 January 2014

The Blackout - King Tut

This tour was billed as ‘The Final Party Tour – Take 2’ due to the fact that the first leg at the tail end of last year had to be cut short as frontman Gavin Butler had been taken ill. … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE PRETTY THINGS – London, 100 Club, 21 December 2013

The brief was, I am led to believe, simple. “It’s a mod do,” promoter John Hellier had said to the band beforehand, “so keep it strictly Mod- all R’n’B, no psych.” Admittedly, that’s not how I’d have played it, but … Continue reading

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Gig review: HOLY HOLY (feat. Woody Woodmansey) – The Lexington,Islington,20 December 2013

Q: When is a tribute band elevated to a status beyond a mere tribute band? A: When the drummer  (or indeed any former member) of the band you are paying tribute to joins your lineup, thus cementing the link between … Continue reading

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