Monthly Archives: September 2014

Album review: OPETH – Pale Communion

OPETH - Pale Communion

Roadrunner Records [Release Date - 25.08.14] Mikael Akerfeldt – the debate rages… Rather like Steven Wilson and Mike Portnoy, there are sections of the music press which are so sycophantic and so over the top in hyping up the Opeth … Continue reading

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Album review: SOLSTAFIR – Otta

Season Of Mist [Release date 01.09.14] Iceland may be one of the most barren places on earth but the same cannot be said about its music scene – which is a rich gathering of like-minded and highly artistic people that … Continue reading

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Album review: THE HAUNTED – Exit Wounds

The Haunted - Exit Wounds

Century Media [Release date 25.08.14] To lose one founding member may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness… Now, I am not normally in the habit of paraphrasing Oscar Wilde when writing music reviews but this … Continue reading

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Album review: U.D.O. – Steelhammer Live From Moscow

U.D.O. – Steelhammer Live From Moscow

AFM Records  [Release date 26.05.14] It was thirteen years ago that ex-Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider recorded his solo band’s first ever live album in Russia and, if the AFM Records press release is to be believed, the very same logic … Continue reading

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Album review: TUSMORKE – Riset Bak Speilet

TUSMORKE – Riset Bak Speilet

Svart Records – Out Now. Some people may have all the luck in the world but then the majority of us have to try really hard in order to achieve our goals in life. Take Norwegian Folk Rock quartet Tusmorke … Continue reading

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Album review: FLYING COLORS – Second Nature

FLYING COLORS – Second Nature

Music Theories Recordings/Mascot [Release date 06.10.14] Flying Colors, the prog rock supergroup, are back with their second album just two years after their exceptionally strong debut release.  Can they match that high standard? You bet they can! If anything this … Continue reading

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Gig review: BIG COUNTRY – Concert Hall, Perth, 28 September 2014

BIG COUNTRY – Concert Hall, Perth, 28 September 2014

Tonight’s gig was part of a weekend of music in celebration of the Ryder Cup Golf Tournament which was being held a few miles down the road at Gleneagles. The premise I take it was to cash in on the … Continue reading

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Gig review: ELECTRIC BOYS, Camden Underworld, London, 26 September 2014

Bad Touch - Camden Underworld, London, 26 September 2014

Since they reformed in 2009, Sweden’s own self proclaimed funk-o-metallers Electric Boys have been regular visitors to these shores, with this tour at least their fourth by my reckoning including festival appearances. Perhaps it is this over familiarity that has … Continue reading

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Album review: AUDREY HORNE – Pure Heavy

Audrey Horne - Pure Heavy

Napalm Records [Release date 26.09.14] Audrey Horne return with their new album just over a year since the highly enjoyable ‘Youngblood’. Most of the band members are also in death/black metal bands, yet Audrey Horne is more a homage to … Continue reading

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Album review: VIRGIL & THE ACCELERATORS – Army of Three

VIRGIL & THE ACCELERATORS – Army of Three

Virgil & The Accelerators chat to Pete Feenstra for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 28 September, 19:00 GMT (repeated Tuesday 30 September at 21:00) More information Mystic [Release date 06.10.14] Having made a big … Continue reading

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Album review: THE PIERCES – Creation

The Pierces - Creation

Polydor [Release date 01.09.14] Sisters Allison and Catherine Pierce were on the verge of calling it a day when Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman came calling and offered to produced their chart topping You And I (2011) – an album that … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBERT PLANT – Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar

Robert Plant - Lullaby and...The Ceasless Roar

East West [Release date 08.09.14] Sometimes an album leaves your jaw dropped, with words incapable of doing it justice.  Such is Robert Plant’s latest offering. While Jimmy Page continues to yearn for days of yore, Plant continues to look for … Continue reading

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Album review: SLASH feat. Myles Kennedy – World On Fire

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy - World On Fire

Roadrunner Records [Release date 13.10.14] He’s a shrewd dude, Slash.  You never see the whites of his eyes.  A bit like The Stig, you never see the man beneath the top hat and behind the easy rider shades.  Remove them, … Continue reading

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Album review: CLAUDIA BRUCKEN – Where Else

Claudia Brucken - Where Else

Cherry Red [Release date 06.10.14] For many, Claudia Brücken will be synonymous with 80′s German synth pop band Propaganda – one of the first bands to be signed to Trevor Horn’s ZTT label and their 1985 debut A Secret Wish. … Continue reading

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Album review: LARKIN POE – Kin

Larkin Poe - Kin

RH Music [Release date 25.08.14] Having lost all sense of direction on their last release – The Sound Of The Ocean Sound with Thom Hell in 2013 – you wondered whether sisters Rebecca and Megan Poe were destined for obscurity. … Continue reading

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Album review: TINA DICO – Whispers

Tina Dico - Whispers

Finest Gramophone [Release date 25.08.14] Since teaming up with Icelandic singer/trombonist Helgi Jónsson, it’s all gone a bit ‘Pete Tong’ for Danish singer songwriter Tina Dico.  At least, from a creative output perspective. The perfect foil on stage, Jónsson has … Continue reading

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Album review: YES – Songs From Tsongas

Yes - Songs From Tsongas

Eagle Rock [Release date 22.09.14] 3-CD It comes to something when we get an anniversary release of an anniversary release!  Following Rick Wakeman’s return to the band in 2002, the classic Yes line up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR – 02 Academy 2, Islington, London, 22 September 2014

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR – 02 Academy 2, Islington, London, 22 September 2014

Joanne Shaw Taylor may be a consummate guitar playing rocking blues artist, but she constantly defies expectations with wide ranging material and a live show that always seeks to achieve more. Tonight’s ‘secret’, invite-only album launch of ‘The Dirty Truth’ … Continue reading

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Gig review: SPOCK’S BEARD – The Dome, London, 18 September 2014

The Sixxis – The Dome, London, 18 September 2014

Support Act: The Sixxis Review and photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Over the last twelve years since I moved to the UK I have been to numerous gigs in many different venues around the country but both Tufnell Park and … Continue reading

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Album review: SARACEN – Redemption

Saracen - Redemption

Escape Music [Release date 29.09.14] Saracen are back after their last album, the concept piece ‘Marilyn’ based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. This album sees the band back to basics, in that there is no concept although they do … Continue reading

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