Monthly Archives: July 2014

Album review: THE QUIREBOYS – Black Eyed Sons

THE QUIREBOYS - Black Eyed Sons

Off Yer Rocka Recordings [Release date 16.06.14] 2-CD/DVD The Quireboys are currently celebrating 30 years as a band – 30 years, where did that go, it seems like only yesterday that the band were being heralded as the next big … Continue reading

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Book reviews: KILLERS – THE ORIGINS OF IRON MAIDEN 1975-1983 by Neil Daniels

Killers - The Origins of Iron Maiden by Neil Daniels

Soundcheck Books [Publication date 10.04.14] Prolific music writer Neil Daniels has done it again. We all know the Iron Maiden story, or do we? From their inception on Christmas Day in 1975, bass player Steve Harris has steered England’s best … Continue reading

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Album review: AOR – LA Connection

AOR - LA Connection

Escape Music www.escape-music.com [Released 21.07.14] Frederic Slama is back with album number thirteen under the AOR handle and a new label after the last couple of releases were on the aptly named AOR Heaven label. On this album he is … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN LUTTRELL – The Dream Exchange

John Luttrell - The Dream Exchange

www.johnluttrell.com [Release date 15.05.14] In the mid-late 1980s there was a fad for what was termed ‘new age’ music which produced ambient albums in their abundance and presaged the “chill-out” genre a decade later.  Some nasty critics likened the genre … Continue reading

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Gig review: MR B THE GENTLEMAN RHYMER – Guilfest, 19 July 2014

Now you may be wondering what Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer is doing on GRTR! Well he name checked Slayer and he did an indie rock medley accompanied by his trusty banjolele. Plus he’s damn fine and talented chap. He … Continue reading

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Gig review: GUILFEST – 19-20 July 2014

Saturday saw the weather again being kind to Guilfest and a bigger crowd too. Arrived to The Farm doing their hit ‘All Together Now’ on the main stage and they seemed to have gone down well with the crowd. Next … Continue reading

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Album review: EMIL BULLS – Sacrifice To Venus

EMIL BULLS – Sacrifice To Venus

AFM Records [Release date 08.08.14] Emil Bulls are a German alternative metal band who I have never heard of even though “Sacrifice To Venus” is their 8th album according to the AFM press release (if you include their acoustic live … Continue reading

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Album review: BRIAN MAILLARD – Reincarnation

Brian Maillard - Reincarnation

www.brianmaillard.com [Release date: 01.02.14] Brian Mailliard is an accomplished guitarist who came to wider attention with the band Solid Vision and perhaps more widely with the ill-fated if rather good Dominici albums (2005-7) fronted by original Dream Theater vocalist Charlie … Continue reading

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Gig review: GUILFEST – 18 July 2014

Good to have the Guilfest back after the previous company running it went into liquidation after 2012’s festival. Last year they had two one day line-ups sponsored by Magic FM. The amount of stages has remained the same with two … Continue reading

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Album review: FURYKANE – Furykane

Furykane - Furykane

Self Release  [Release date -  Out Now] Furykane are an alternative rock/metal band from France. Comprising of Jen (vocals), Max (guitar), Quentin (bass) and Romain (drums), they formed in 2006 and this is their second album. Furykane claim to be … Continue reading

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Gig review: KANSAS – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 17 July 2014

Kansas were back after a nine year gap since their last London date and this was always going to be a special gig as Steve Walsh had announced a couple of weeks earlier that he was leaving the band after … Continue reading

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Album review: SABATON – Heroes

Sabaton - Heroes

Nuclear Blast – Out Now When you are signed to one of Metal’s biggest record labels, your albums enjoy first class promotion around the globe by being made available in various lavish formats and the last major tour you undertook … Continue reading

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Album review: VALLENFYRE – Splinters

VALLENFYRE – Splinters

Century Media – Out Now. The death of a loved one can be a devastating experience and there is no ‘right’ way of dealing with it. While some find solace in isolation, others do so in expression. Greg Mackintosh, guitarist … Continue reading

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Album review: CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND – Somewhere Over Detroit

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND – Somewhere Over Detroit

Gonzo Multimedia [Release Date 23.05.14] Given the atrocious sound quality of this album and the apparent jumble of material ‘Somewhere Over Detroit’ is for completists only. Recorded in December 1980, this concert was part of Beefheart’s comeback, as he reverted … Continue reading

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Album review: CRADLE OF FILTH – Total Fucking Darkness

CRADLE OF FILTH – Total Fucking Darkness

Mordgrimm – Out Now. Long before enjoying the support of major labels like Sony and Roadrunner and headlining festival stages around the globe, Suffolk-based extreme Metallers Cradle Of Filth were just another UK band struggling to make ends meet. Their … Continue reading

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Album review: E-MUSIKGRUPPE LUX OHR – Spiralo

E-MUSIKGRUPPE LUX OHR – Spiralo

Svart Records – Out Now. Svart Records is an underground label from Finland whose support of the country’s local Metal scene is responsible, to a large extent, for the evolution of metal music in the land of a thousand lakes. … Continue reading

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Album review: POSSESSION – Anneliese

POSSESSION – Anneliese

Iron Bonehead / Invictus – Out Now. Possession are an underground Black/Death Metal quartet for which not much information can be found, other than the fact that they were first formed back in 2012 and that they are signed with … Continue reading

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EP review: BEGGARZ FIXX – Rouse The Rabble

BEGGARZ FIXX – Rouse The Rabble

Self Release  [Release date –08.09.14] Hmm, not too sure where to go with this EP. On the one hand the music is good, although nothing to write home about, think any second rate LA band from the late 80’s hair … Continue reading

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Album review: THE IDOL DEAD – Dark Little Hearts

The Idol Dead - Dark Little Hearts

Raaa! Records  [Release date – out now] The Idol Dead were formed in Leeds back in 2008 with the five members having eclectic musical tastes which were tapped to produce the band’s sound. They bill themselves as ‘five men hell … Continue reading

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Gig review: SNAKECHARMER – Islington Assembly Hall, London, 11 July 2014

Raw Glory - Islington Assembly Hall, London, 11 July 2014

Much like the lovingly recrafted Islington Assembly Hall where this gig took place, Snakecharmer are an example of how to reimagine a vintage classic and create something new. The classic rock ‘supergroup’, boasting respected alumni from the likes of Whitesnake, … Continue reading

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