Monthly Archives: June 2014

Album Review: AISLES – 4:45 AM

Aisles - 4:45 AM

Presagio Records [Release Date: 29.10.13] The world of progressive rock, in recent years, has been expanded to some of the furthest-flung corners of the globe. Not only from the likes of eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Japan but from less-expected outposts … Continue reading

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Gig review: NICK OLIVERI – Rock City, Nottingham, 9 June 2014

NICK OLIVERI - Rock City, Nottingham, 9 June 2014

Well it been quite a while since I have seen Nick Oliveri live, last time was back in 2001 when QOTSA were still mere pups in the music scene and Nick was known for occasionally appearing on stage wearing nothing … Continue reading

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DVD review: ELTON JOHN – The Million Dollar Piano

Elton John - The Million Dollar Piano

Eagle Rock [Release date 30.06.14] The Million Dollar Piano is Elton’s residency showcase at The Colosseum, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas featuring a unique Yamaha piano sporting 68 LED video screens displaying imagery to complement that on the vast screens behind … Continue reading

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Album review: NIGHT BY NIGHT – NxN

Night By Night - NxN

Nikk Gunns caught up with Ben and Damien from the band at their album launch on 17 July when they talked about their influences and hopes for the future.  (6:26) Sun Hill Production/Cargo Records [Release date 14.07.14] So far 2014 … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP PURPLE – Purpendicular (reissue)

Deep Purple - Purpendicular

Hear No Evil Recordings [Release date 16.06.14] Deep Purple’s current album ‘Now What?!’ was a favourite of 2013, and ‘Purpendicular’ shows its blood line: the very first Purple album with guitarist Steve Morse in 1996.  As ever it captures the … Continue reading

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Album Review: ANATHEMA – Distant Satellites

Anathema - Distant Satellites

Kscope  [Release Date: 09.06.14] Following on from the brilliantly anthemic ‘Weather Systems’ from 2012 and the dreamily divine live album ‘Universal’ from 2013, Anathema have unleashed ‘Distant Satellites’ on their passionately devout following – a devout following that I fear … Continue reading

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Album review: SEVEN – 7

Seven - 7

Escape Music www.escape-music.com [Out now] Back in the late 80’s and into the early 90’s the AOR/melodic rock scene was thriving and record labels were signing up UK based acts like FM, Airrace, Little Angels, Dare and this band Seven … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKTOP DELUXE – Turn Up Be Nice Play Hard

BLACKTOP DELUXE – Turn Up Be Nice Play Hard

Blacktop Deluxe [Release date 13.05.14] Blacktop Deluxe are a Cornish based power trio featuring Keith Howe on guitar and vocals, Tim Chapple on bass and Alan Ibbotson on drums and vocals, with producer Gareth Young doubling on keyboards.  ‘Turn Up … Continue reading

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Album Review: TORTORUM – Katabasis

W.T.C Productions – Out Now. Born three years ago and bred in Bergen, the unofficial capital of Scandinavian Black Metal, this Norwegian trio has a very important heritage to live up to. This a task that the lads in Tortorum … Continue reading

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Album Review: MAYHEM – Esoteric Warfare

Seasons Of Mist – Out Now. Suicide, Murder, church burnings…when one considers that such extreme events have influenced the productive process of the Norwegian Black Metal outfit Mayhem  since pretty much day one, seven years without releasing any new material … Continue reading

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Album Review: CARNIFEX – Die Without Hope

Nuclear Blast – Out Now. Carnifex is a new name to me, but the Californian Deathcore quintet has been playing loud and thought – provoking music for quite some time now. It was back in 2005 that this outfit was … Continue reading

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Album Review: DODSON AND FOGG – After The Fall

Self-released – [Release date: 22 April 2014] Remember, way back in the good old days of the late sixties and early seventies, how bands would bang an album out every six months or so? And such was the calibre of … Continue reading

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Interview: PAUL MENEL

Paul Menel is a former singer with prog rockers IQ and released a very enjoyable solo album ‘Into Insignificance I Will Pale’, and he has an unofficial England World Cup song out now with the Essentials… Hi Jason Firstly, thanks … Continue reading

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Album Review: CARNIFEX – Die Without Hope

Carnifex - Die Without Hope

Nuclear Blast [Release date 03.03.14] Carnifex is a new name to me, but the Californian Deathcore quintet has been playing loud and thought – provoking music for quite some time now. It was back in 2005 that this outfit was … Continue reading

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Album review: CADO BELLE – Cado Belle (reissue)

Cado Belle

Big Break Records [Release date 23.06.14] At last, Cado Belle’s one and only album – originally released in 1976 – gets a proper reissue.  Earlier versions have suffered from a lack of bonus tracks, decent audio and packaging, with one … Continue reading

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Album review: JULES CARTER TRIO – Done Misbehaving

Jules Carter Trio - Done Misbehaving

Jules Carter Trio [Release date 16.06.14] The Jules Carter Trio’s ‘Done Misbehaving’ is a frustrating album. The funky grooves, intricate guitar playing and tight band interplay from guitarist Jules, bassist Fingerz Carty and drummer Paul White is hampered by some … Continue reading

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Album review: MARILLION – A Sunday Night Above The Rain

Marillion - A Sunday Night Above The Rain

earMUSIC [Release date 30.06.14] Available in 2-CD, 2 DVD and Bluray formats, A Sunday Night Above The Rain finds our intrepid heroes at a love fest.  That is, at one of the band’s bi-annual Marillion Weekends.  On this occasion, during … Continue reading

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Gig review – RICHIE SAMBORA – Islington Academy, London, 13 June 2014

RICHIE SAMBORA – Islington Academy, London, 13 June 2014

‘He walked in to the party like he was walking on to a yacht’, so the song goes. Richie Sambora strutted on to the stage dressed in a smart white jacket and ripped jeans to be greeted by enthusiastic screams … Continue reading

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Album Review: MEKONG DELTA – In A Mirror Darkly

Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly

Steamhammer/SPV – Out Now. A good thirty years since their inception, and German Prog Thrashers Mekong Delta continue to be an unknown entity for quite a few Metalheads out there – a state of affairs that surprises and annoys me … Continue reading

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Quick plays: RAINBOWS ARE FREE, ROBIN GEORGE, LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III, SALIVA, AMANDA RHEAUME

Rainbows Are Free - Waves Across The Ocean

RAINBOWS ARE FREE – Waves Ahead Of The Ocean www.rainbowsarefree.com [Released 04.08.14] This is the second album by Oklahoma based rockers Rainbows Are Free and if you like Stoner rock and big Sabbath riffs you will love this album. Even … Continue reading

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