Monthly Archives: February 2014

Gig review: DEADLY CIRCUS FIRE – Camden Barfly, 27 February 2014

First time I have seen a gig at Camden’s Barfly and it’s a small, but perfectly formed venue and a good sound. I only caught the last two songs by openers Reverted who played energetic thrash metal, although they have … Continue reading

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Album review: ADAM SWEET – Small Town Thinking

NEO Music Adam Sweet’s full debut was released at the end of 2013 to favourable reactions. It is easy to see why. This is a sublime, often laid back album of confidence, competence and genuine talent. Only in his mid-twenties, … Continue reading

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Album review: HOUSE OF LORDS – Precious Metal

House Of Lords - Precious Metal

Frontiers www.frontiers.it [Released 21.03.14] The ninth album from veteran Melodic/Arena rock band House of Lords finds the band playing with the attitude and energy of a band half their age. With “Precious Metal” the band are mixing their classic sound … Continue reading

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Album review: CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX – White Light Generator

CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX – White Light Generator

Cool Green Recordings ( Release date 17.03.14) Crippled Black Phoenix are a difficult band to review. This is mainly because they refuse to conform and are, therefore, hard to pigeon hole. Perhaps this is something that should be celebrated in … Continue reading

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Album review: ROCK CANDY FUNK PARTY – Takes New York, Live At The Iridium

ROCK CANDY FUNK PARTY - Takes New York, Live At The Iridium

Provogue [Release date 24.02.14] A few years ago a few stellar musicians got together to explore some funky vibes.  This stellar cast included, latterly, none other than Joe Bonamassa and this side-project was to some extent overlooked as Joe wore … Continue reading

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Album Review: ROBERT CRAY – In My Soul

Robert Cray - In My Soul

Provogue [Release date 31.03.14] He may be a 5 times Grammy Award Winner and the youngest living artist to be inducted into the ‘Blues Hall Of Fame’, but Robert Cray is always looking for a fresh and meaningful context for … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SONS OF THE SEA, JOSH TAERK, INGER LORRE, ADRIAN NATION, BIRDS OF CHICAGO

SONS OF THE SEA S/t Avow! Records [Released 03.03.14] www.menbran.net Sons of the Sea is a collaboration between producer Brendan O’Brien (Incubus/Pearl Jam/RATM/Springsteen) and Brandon Boyd of Incubus (not a band I have heard anything by although my daughter informs … Continue reading

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Album review: ELYSION – Someplace Better

Massacre Records – Out Now. In the twelve or so years since I moved from my native Greece, a revolution of sorts has taken place in the local Metal scene. Whereas in the early to mid 90s it would be … Continue reading

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News: WINGER announce new album and Download appearance

FIRST NEW ALBUM FOR 5 YEARS RELEASED ON FRONTIERS RECORDS 21.04.14 AND BAND ALSO CONFIRMED TO APPEAR AT DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 15.06.14 One of the most misunderstood Hard Rock bands to emerge from the 1980’s is returning with their highly anticipated … Continue reading

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Album Review: PSYCLON NINE: [Order of the Shadow: Act I]

Psyclon Nine

Metropolis Records [Released 23.12.13] Picking up all the best reference points from Al Jourgensen’s demonic Ministry creation and shredded together in a moulinex with the sweeping drama of Rammstein, Psyclon Nine have produced an album of surprisingly good industrial metal … Continue reading

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

The Manic Shine - Let Go Or Be Dragged

Animal Farm Records This is a very original and encouraging debut album from Scottish borders-based quartet The Manic Shine.  The ten tracks here each have it all going on. The material could broadly be described metal-tickled prog rock, with a … Continue reading

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Album review: INCURA – S/T

Inside Out [Released 24th February 2014] This Canadian band Incura have been around since 2003 having released a series of EP’s and this is their first album given a full release. Two things strike you on first listen, the high … Continue reading

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Book review: ‘Reinventing Metal – The True Story of Pantera’ by Neil Daniels

Backbeat Books Or to give the book it’s full title “Reinventing Metal- The True Story of Pantera and the Tragically Short Life of Dimebag Darrell”. Another in depth and insightful rock biography from the much published Neil Daniels. This time … Continue reading

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Album Review: EDISON’S CHILDREN – The Final Breath Before November

EDISON

Random Disturbance Records [Release Date: 01.01.14] I had the pleasure of reviewing Edison’s Children’s first album ‘In The Last Waking Moments’ back in 2012 which, with the odd caveat, was fully worthy of the five stars garnered. At the time … Continue reading

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Gig review: SKINDRED/SOiL – Manchester Academy, 2 February 2014

Skindred - Manchester Academy, 2 February 2014

3 bands, 3 music styles and 1 outcome, one awesome night of entertainment. It’s the last night of the UK leg of Skindred’s ‘Kill The Power’  tour before they head off to Europe and beyond for the next few months … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE TREATMENT/Cage Of Gods – Sugarmill, Stoke, 5 February 2014

The Treatment - Sugarmill, Stoke - 5 February 2014

If the quality of tonight’s bands is anything to go by then the future of Rock music is in good hands as both The Treatment and Cage The Gods are both young in age and full of the attitude and … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE QUIREBOYS – Live Rooms, Chester, 6 February 2014

THE QUIREBOYS - Live Rooms, Chester, 6 February 2014

What better way to spend my birthday that at a live gig and tonight we are at The Quireboys acoustic show in The Live Rooms, Chester. A new venue that is ideally situated across from the train station and has … Continue reading

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Album review: WITHIN TEMPTATION – Hydra

WITHIN TEMPTATION - Hydra

Dramatico [Release date 03.02.14] With their last studio album The Unforgiving (2011), Dutch symphonic rockers Within Temptation looked as if they were about to step into the American mainstream and take it by storm with a set that included radio … Continue reading

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Album review: STORMWARRIOR – Thunder & Steele

Massacre Records – Out Now. German Heavy/Power Metal quartet Stormwarrior are a well known entity to fans of late 80s Metal. During the last fifteen years they have recorded a decent number of high velocity tunes, some with the assistance … Continue reading

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Album review: ICED EARTH – Plagues Of Babylon

Century Media – Out Now. Three years ago a rebirth of sorts took place in the camp of Iced Earth, one helped by the bringing into the fold of a very charismatic front man named Stu Block – a young … Continue reading

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