Monthly Archives: August 2014

Gig review: CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL – 31 July-3 August 2014

Cambridge Folk Festival 2014

So I cast my mind back to 1994 and the very first Cambridge Folk Festival that I attended and remember the feeling of walking on-site and just thinking this is going to be very special, that was the 30th and … Continue reading

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Single & EP reviews : WHEN WE WERE WOLVES, TEN PERCENTER, ASA, SHAFT OF STEEL

WHEN WE WERE WOLVES – Heartless

WHEN WE WERE WOLVES – Heartless EP Self Release  [Release date 22.09.14] When We Were Wolves are a post hardcore fivesome from South Wales. They formed in 2011 and Heartless is their second EP. Later this year they will be … Continue reading

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Book review: Peaches: A Chronicle of the Stranglers 1974-1990 by Robert Endeacott

Peaches: A Chronicle of the Stranglers 1974-1990 by Robert Endeacott

Soundcheck Books www.soundcheckbooks.co.uk [Published 14.07.14] Author and lifelong Stranglers fan Robert Endeacott certainly knows his stuff as this book covers everything a fan of the band would need to know about the Hugh Cornwell years of the band. He also … Continue reading

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Interview with NIGE ROCKETT (Onslaught) – 4 August 2014

Nige Rockett - Onslaught

British Thrash Metal combo Onslaught are a band I have been supporting since day one, so reviewing their London show and interviewing their long term guitarist Nige Rockett was something I was looking forward to. While the former was achieved … Continue reading

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Album review: MAN – Call Down The Moon

Esoteric [Release date 28.07.14] ‘Call Down the Moon’ has a cult status among Man fans and not just because it’s frequently hard to track down. It’s probably more down to the wonderful jammed out highlight ‘Drivin’ Around’ and the lashing … Continue reading

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Album review: MAN – The Twang Dynasty Clamshell Boxset Edition

 Esoteric [Release date 28.07.14] ‘The Twang Dynasty’ was Man’s first studio album for 16 years, though being Man they did manage a couple of live albums.  They split for 9 years between 1976 and ‘83 and after a couple of … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JULIA HENNING, SARAH BORGES, JENNIE DEVOE, GIRLS,GUNS AND GLORY

Julia Henning - Fledgling

JULIA HENNING Fledgling (www.juliahenning.com) In days gone by, record companies would sift the wheat from the chaff and, generally speaking, you got a fairly finished product. But in the digital age it’s every man, or woman, for him / herself … Continue reading

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Album review: HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS – Big Trouble

Hollywood Monsters - Big Trouble

Mausoleum [Release date 19.05.14] I am always a little wary of a seemingly star-studded cast assisting a lesser-known musician.  Often these are vanity projects or designed to capture more attention for an otherwise mediocre release. Unfortunately “Hollywood Monsters”, the brainchild … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Leave A Scar Live in North Carolina

BLACKBERRY SMOKE - Leave A Scar Live in North Carolina

Earache [Release date 18.08.14] 2-CD/DVD Skynyrd fans, lovers of the Georgia Satellites and The Black Crowes – you need read no further, just go buy. If you like good, honest Southern rock – just go buy. The rest of you? … Continue reading

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Album review: A BLUES TRIBUTE TO CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

A Blues Tribute To Creedence Clearwater Revival

Cleopatra [Release date 25.08.14] It’s a measure of the contemporary music scene’s fascination with introspection that three quarters of ‘A Blues Tribute To Creedence Clearwater Revival’ is given a stripped down feel. The result is an album that isn’t so … Continue reading

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News: PAUL RODGERS – Royal Sessions live at the Royal Albert Hall, 3 November 2014

PAUL RODGERS BRINGS “THE ROYAL SESSIONS LIVE” TO THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL on 3rd NOVEMBER 2014 Growing up listening to such artists as Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding would have a profound effect on PAUL RODGERS.  From his … Continue reading

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Album review: LEVELLERS – Greatest Hits

Levellers - Greatest Hits

On The Fiddle Recordings [Released 29.09.14] This greatest hits collection collects every one of the Levellers singles from the past twenty five years, of which twenty were hit singles. There is also an accompanying DVD which features some weird and … Continue reading

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Album review: KIX – Rock Your Face Off

Kix - Rock Your Face Off

earMUSIC/Loud & Proud [Released 18.08.14] At last, a band whose main success was in the late ‘80’s has made a new album that sounds like it was actually recorded in 1991 and not “we’ve grown/we’ve updated our sound/ we were … Continue reading

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Interview: CHRIS PICTON (August 2014)

Chris Picton -Journey Of Broken Dreams

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Picton first came to the attention of GRTR! as a member of prog rock band Quecia. Now Chris has a new digital album out called ‘Journey of Broken Dreams‘ and we caught up with him for an update plus … Continue reading

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Album review: MISS BEHAVIOUR – Double Agent

Miss Behaviour - Double Agent

AOR Heaven [Released 01.09.14] Miss Behaviour have been going since 2004 and their last album, ‘Last Woman Standing’ won rave reviews. They were well in to writing this new album when a tragic accident saw the untimely passing of their … Continue reading

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News: THE DUNWELLS tour coffee shops ahead of September tour

The Dunwells

In the run up to their new EP release – ‘Show Me Emotion’ -  The Dunwells have a small tour of Cafe Nero coffee shops in various locations around the north of England. 18th Aug – York King Sq – … Continue reading

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Album review: JIM STAPLEY – Long Time Coming

Jim Stapley - Long Time Coming

Mita  [Released 13.10.14] If you pair together a young up and coming singer-songwriter with a veteran rock producer sparks will surely fly. Jim Stapley is no ordinary singer and Tony Visconti is an A-list producer, and ‘Long Time Coming’ is … Continue reading

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Album review: RICHIE KOTZEN – The Essential Richie Kotzen

Richie Kotzen - The Essential Richie Kotzen

earMUSIC 2-CD/DVD [Release date 08.09.14] A re-appraisal of Richie Kotzen’s work is probably long overdue, and this 2-CD/DVD set – assembled by the man himself – goes some way to provide a suitable portal for the curious. Signed to Mike … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL GILBERT – Stone Pushing Uphill Man

Paul Gilbert - Stone Pushing Uphill Man

Music Theories Recordings  [Released 15.09.14] Former Racer X and Mr. Big Guitarist Paul Gilbert has always had a refreshing and thoughtful approach to his instrumental work. On the Sisyphusian concept of ‘Stone Pushing Uphill Man’ his 13th solo album, he … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MACHINE ROX, WINTTER, ANTI-CLONE

      Album review:  MACHINE ROX – Next Level Synchrotrax Records  [Release date 22.09.14] Electro metal/ Cyber metal/ Industrial metal, call it what you will, can either produce glorious masterpieces of heaviness as with Rammstein or repetitive, snore inducing … Continue reading

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