Monthly Archives: January 2014

Gig review: WILKO JOHNSON – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells, 24 January 2014

Wilko Johnson, The Forum, Tunbridge Wells, 24 January 2014

Originally only planned for two nights to celebrate the Forum’s 21st birthday, Wilko Johnson added a third night due to the other two shows being sold out so quickly. Roger Daltrey once sang that he hoped to die before he … Continue reading

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Album review: LOVE UNDER COVER – Into The Night

Escape Music www.escape-music.com The second album from this band follows on quickly from their highly rated debut ‘Set The Night On Fire’. The band features amongst it’s talented line-up vocalist Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn’s Dream/Salute)  and multi-instrumentalist Mikael Carlsson, with … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL RODGERS – The Royal Sessions

Paul Rodgers - The Royal Sessions

429 Records [Release date 27.01.14] It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Paul Rodgers took himself off to Memphis in 2013 and recorded this homage to the golden age of soul, working with some of that genre’s legendary players. It … Continue reading

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Album review: CAST – reissues (All Change, Mother Nature Calls, Magic Hour, Beetroot)

Cast - All Change

Edsel Records [Release date 03.02.14] Cast embarked on their traditional low-key pre-Christmas dates in 2013 and celebrated their 20th anniversary with a new album ‘Troubled Times’.  With their first four albums now expanded to deluxe editions, the time is perhaps … Continue reading

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Album review: RING OF FIRE – Battle of Leningrad

Frontiers www.frontiers.it [Released 24th JKanuary 2014] Mark Boals, most famous for being one of Yngwie Malmsteen’s ever changing vocalists, regroups his Ring of Fire moniker for the first time since Lapse of Reality was released back in 2004. Battle of … Continue reading

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Album review: MASSACRA – Day Of The Massacra

Century Media – Out Now. Death Metal may be a much loved musical genre by many, the author of this review included, but it never was what you would describe as massively popular. The only time when things looked quite … Continue reading

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Interview with CHRISTOFER JOHNSSON & THOMAS VIKSTROM (Therion) – 20 December 2013

Kristofer Johnsson, leader and founding member of the Swedish Symphonic Metal giants Therion, is a man who has always been in possession of a clear musical vision – a vision that he has promoted and defended with much passion throughout … Continue reading

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Gig review: NOEL McCALLA/JIM MULLEN – Half Moon, Putney, 19 January 2014

When a vocalist begins his set by launching into a cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine”, you could be forgiven for slight trepidation, or even thinking you’ve wandered into the wrong gig altogether. After all, covers gigs, such as … Continue reading

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Album review: PRIMAL FEAR – Delivering The Black

Primal Fear - Delivering The Black

Frontiers www.frontiers.it [Release date 24.01.14] Another year…another Primal Fear album (it seems that way anyway)…and with Primal Fear you know exactly what to expect – Teutonic metal a la Judas Priest. It’s predictable but is that always bad – look … Continue reading

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News: Get Ready to ROCK! Radio – February 2014 Highlights

Don Airey

February 2014 Highlights More information at the dedicated website All times, GMT Photo: Noel Buckley Tuesdays 19:00 Pete Feenstra Rock & Blues NEW! In the first hour of our Tuesday blues rock marathon, Pete signposts upcoming and established artists who … Continue reading

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Album review: ARMORY – Empyrean Realms

Armory - Empyrean Dreams

      Metavania Music (Release date – out now) This album was actually released on the 12th of November 2013 and has only just come to my attention, it has been my loss it would seem!  Armory formed back … Continue reading

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Album Review: WHITE COAST REBELS – Hangin’ With The Bad Boys

WHITE COAST REBELS – Hangin’ With The Bad Boys

Self Release [Release date – out now] White Coast Rebels may be a name familiar to anyone who has spent time on the sun kissed beaches of the Costa Blanca. The band are based in the holiday region and play … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK DIAMOND – Last Man Standing

BLACK DIAMOND – Last Man Standing

On Parole Productions [Release date – out now] When listening to this album one thing springs to mind – Iron Maiden. The band have an obvious love of Eddie and pay homage to Britain’s finest throughout the album. Where ‘homage’ … Continue reading

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News: RIP – Dennis ‘Fergie’ Frederiksen

Frontiers Records are sad to announce the death of Dennis ‘Fergie’ Frederiksen, who recorded and released his final two studio albums with the label (’Happiness Is The Road’ and ‘Any Given Moment’) while suffering from inoperable cancer that he had … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DREGEN, BENEDICTUM, AXEL RUDI PELL, BROKEN ARROW, NASHVILLE PUSSY

Dregen

DREGEN – S/t (Spinefarm)   Swedish guitarist Dregen has lent his sleazy punk metal touches to Backyard Babies and The Hellacopters (an original member of both) as well Supershit666 and more recently Michael Monroe, appearing on the acclaimed Horns And … Continue reading

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Album review: DON AIREY – Keyed Up

Don Airey - Keyed Up

Interview edit: Don Airey 19 January 2014 The full interview will be broadcast on Sunday 2 February at 18:00 Mascot  [Release date 17.02.14] Virtuoso and legendary keyboard player (and all round nice guy) Don has played with pretty much everyone … Continue reading

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Album review: RAINBOW – The Singles Box Set 1975–1986

Rainbow - The Singles Box Set 1975-1986

Universal (19 CD set) [Release date 2.02.14] Those lovely guys at Universal have really gone to town (again) here – and a set that will be beyond most fans’ needs (or price range); but the extravagance here matches the marvel … Continue reading

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Album review: ANGRA – Angels Cry: 20th Anniversary Tour

ANGRA - Angels Cry: 20th Anniversary Tour

earMUSIC [Release date 24.02.14] Formed in 1991, this Brazilian power metal band have won many fans, playing with progressive and melodic angles. This live set, recorded in Sao Paolo in their native Brazil, celebrates the 20th anniversary of their Angels … Continue reading

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Album review: FOREIGNER – I Want To Know What Love Is – The Ballads

Foreigner - The Ballads

earMUSIC [Release date 03.02.14] You can’t help thinking this ballads collection is something of a cash-in in advance of the band’s spring tour with Europe and FM.  There are no new tracks but newcomers may be interested in the note-perfect … Continue reading

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Album review: SILENT FORCE – Rising From Ashes

Silent Force - Rising From The Ashes

AFM Records [Released 27.01.14] Alex Beyrodt is a busy man. Early in 2013 we had a Whitesnake orientated release from Voodoo Circle and then there is the imminent release of the new Primal Fear album Delivering The Black. In between … Continue reading

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