Monthly Archives: April 2014

Album review: NAZARETH – Rock ‘N’ Roll Telephone

Nazareth - Rock

In this interview extract, Dan McCafferty talks about stopping touring and the new album (3:21) The feature version of the interview will be broadcast on Sunday 22 June at 13:00 GMT on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio Union Square Music … Continue reading

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Album review: HELSTAR – This Wicked Nest

AFM Records www.afmrecords.de [Released 28.04.14] I believe the cover of Helstar’s latest release This Wicked Nest says it all really…a suit wearing skeleton complete with devil horns and a pentagram worked into the band logo. After listening…well yeah I was … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN ANDERSON – Homo Erraticus

Ian Anderson - Homo Erraticus

Calliandra/KScope [Release date: 18.04.14] Ian Anderson has certainly been getting around in recent times.  A Prog God in award ceremonies and of course we now know why he reserves his firmest handshakes for trusted members.  Of his inner circle that … Continue reading

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News: Get Ready to ROCK! Radio – May 2014 highlights

Judie Tzuke - photo by Noel Buckley

May 2014 Highlights More information at the dedicated website All times, BST (GMT+1) Tuesdays 19:00 Pete Feenstra Rock & Blues In the first hour of our Tuesday blues rock marathon, Pete signposts upcoming and established artists who need your attention … Continue reading

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Gig Review: VANDENBERG’S MOONKINGS – Islington Academy, London 24 April 2014

Vandenberg

For a man with such a pedigree, both with his own band and spending longer as David Coverdale’s right hand man in Whitesnake than anyone else, Adrian Vandenberg’s profile has been surprisingly low for a number of years. However the … Continue reading

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Album review: JONES – To The Bones

www.miraclemile.co.uk/store.html [Released 16.06.14] Trevor Jones is back with his new solo album (he also produces music as part of Miracle Mile). He is joined on here by Marcus Cliffe (he plays the majority of the instruments on the album) who … Continue reading

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Album review: LACUNA COIL – Broken Crown Halo

Lacuna Coil - Broken Crown Halo

Century Media [Release date 01.04.14] I’d like to say I liked this new album from Italian metallers Lacuna Coil. It’s got a huglly powerful sound, an exciting production, the songs are good and Cristina Scabbia’s vocals are pretty damn fine.  … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BREW – Control

The Brew - Control

Jazzhaus [Release date 24.02.14] It’s sort of ironic that The Brew’s latest album should be released within spitting distance of the re-release of the Zeppelin catalogue. The Brew – a blues/rock band from Grimsby, have been around since 2006 and … Continue reading

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10 Q’s with BRANDON BOYD (SONS OF THE SEA/INCUBUS)

Brandon Boyd is best known for fronting Incubus, who have been on hiatus (more on their future plans below), released the excellent Sons Of The Sea album earlier this year. This was a collaboration with producer Brenden O’Brien and it … Continue reading

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Album review: MESSENGER – Illusory Blues

Svart Records – Out Now. Forty years ago, Britain was the epicentre of all things prog and psychedelic, but with time, it started to gradually share its unique status with other European countries, mainly those in Northern Europe. While one … Continue reading

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Album review: CONAN – Blood Eagle

Napalm Records – Out Now. As the birthplace of Black Sabbath, Great Britain has always been the ultimate breeding ground for Doom Metal bands, so the fact that Doom/Stoner trio Conan also hails from the Albion is no great surprise. … Continue reading

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Album review: HANNAH ALDRIDGE – Razor Wire

Hannah Aldridge - Razor Wire

Trodden Black Ent. [Release date 13.05.14] ‘Dark Americana’ is how Hannah Aldridge – daughter of esteemed Muscle Shoals/ Nashville songwriter and producer Walt Aldridge – describes her gritty, uncompromising debut. Recorded in analogue (naturally) in Nashville (where else?) she’s backed … Continue reading

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Album review: PREACHERS SON – 10 Stories Tall

PREACHERS SON – 10 Stories Tall

Release date [June 2014] Being the son of a folk musician and Catholic lay man preacher, former Kila bass player Brian Hogan’s rootsy band name has both a literal meaning and solid grounding. ‘10 Stories tall’ is his second solo … Continue reading

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Album review: SKOOKUM – Pleasure Cruz

SKOOKUM – Pleasure Cruz

        Fugly Music Release date [12.11.13] According to which sources you use, Skookum means big, tough, fearsome and swift’, or simply durable and even excellent!It’s also a common place name in British Columbia, and Skookum the Vancouver … Continue reading

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Album review: GERS RACING – Part 1 Privilege/Part 2 Existence

GERS RACING – Part 1 Privilege/Part 2 Existence

self release [Release date 21.01.14] It’s an old ploy to hide your unwanted past or unwillingness to explain your music behind some autobiographical psycho-babble. And that is just what the curiously named Ger Racing do. The band comprises 60’s fringe … Continue reading

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Album review: ALIEN – Eternity

ALIEN – Eternity

AOR Heaven www.alientheband.com [Released 28.04.14] Alien date way back to the mid-80’s and became one of the key Swedish melodic rock bands until they quit in the mid-90’s, bar a brief reunion in 2005. That looked to be it until … Continue reading

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Gig review: METAL ALLIANCE 2014 – Tremont Music Hall, North Carolina

I hate my Birthday. Hate it with a deep passion. It has nothing to do with getting older. I really couldn’t care less about my age. It’s just a number. I hate it mostly because I link my Birthday with … Continue reading

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Album review: MATT ANDERSEN – Weightless

Matt Andersen - Weightless

True North [Release date 14.04.14] Produced by former Blasters sax player and Los Lobos producer Steve Berlin, ‘Weightless’ puts the emphasis squarely on songs, catchy hooks and a subtle sonic landscape that nestles Matt Andersen’s emotive baritone vocal. Released by … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – The Complete Albums 1979-1988

SAXON - The Complete Albums 1979-1988

Parlophone/Warner Music [Release date 17.03.14] Saxon get the “complete albums” treatment with a 10-disc set, essentially the 2009/2010 remasters in facsimilie sleeves. All of Saxon’s albums have appeared on CD before, some on different labels, including the strange 2-on-1 packages … Continue reading

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Album review: JEREMY SPENCER – Coventry Blue

Jeremy Spencer - Coventry Blue

Propelz [Release date 01.03.14] ‘Coventry Blue’ is Jeremy Spencer’s second record since making an impressive but understated comeback with ‘Bend In The Road’. If the latter was loosely based around the concept of travel, then ‘Coventry Blue’ is more about … Continue reading

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