Monthly Archives: September 2014

Album review: A SECRET RIVER – Colours Of Solitude

A SECRET RIVER - Colours Of Solitude

Self released  [Release Date: 25.06.14] Given the lineage of great progressive bands from Scandinavia and the form of progressive rock music that tends to be their stock in trade – think Katatonia, Opeth, Beardfish and their brooding melancholia punctuated with … Continue reading

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Album review: JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR – The Dirty Truth

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR – The Dirty Truth

Axehouse Music [Release date 22.09.14] We live in such an age of instant gratification and downloads that you sometimes you have to pause and remind yourself just how quickly Joanne Shaw Taylor’s career has taken off since her debut album … Continue reading

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News: MARTIN BARRE interview special on Sunday 28 September

Martin Barre

Photo: Simon Dunkerley/GRTR! Get Ready to ROCK! Radio Sunday 28 September, 22:00 GMT Monday 29 September and Friday 3 October, 22:00 repeat) A two-hour special, replaying Martin’s recent chat about his favourite tracks and new album, plus Tull and solo … Continue reading

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Album review: DAYLIGHT ROBBERY – Falling Back To Earth

DAYLIGHT ROBBERY - Falling Back To Earth

Solar Flare [Release date 18.10.14] www.daylightrobberyrocks.co.uk Thankfully, for their second album, Daylight Robbery have ramped up production values.  Birmingham-based, it was perhaps natural to use Sheena Sear who has worked with fellow Midlanders Magnum amongst others. However, improved production cannot … Continue reading

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Album review: DIE NO MORE – Elected Evil

DIE NO MORE – Elected Evil

    Rocksector Records [Release date – 03.11.14] Die No More are a band that are causing a bit of a buzz at the moment. A lot of positive comments have been made and with the release of this, their … Continue reading

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Album review: SHIFT – Lead, Judge & Jury

SHIFT – Lead, Judge & Jury

Self Release  [Release date – out now] The amount of new music which comes through for review every week never ceases to amaze me, via download and CD an endless stream constantly pours in. It can be a bit of … Continue reading

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Album review: WORK OF ART – Framework

WORK OF ART - Framework

Frontiers Records [Release Date 19.09.14] Few current bands in the world of melodic rock are of such reputed standing as Work of Art, the Swedes led by guitarist Robert Sall, also of W.E.T. Both their albums to date have been … Continue reading

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Album review: MOONLAND FEATURING LENNA KUURMAA

MOONLAND FEATURING LENNA KUURMAA

Frontiers Records (Release Date 19.09.14) Lenna Kuurmaa was apparently one of Estonia’s biggest pop stars with her band Vanilla Ninja, but her desire to rock out has led her into the arms of Frontiers Records and what seem to be … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TEA PARTY – The Ocean At The End

THE TEA PARTY – The Ocean At The End

Inside Out www.insideout.de [Released 29.09.14] Another band back after a long break away, The Tea Party return with their first new studio album in ten years and the first since they reformed back in 2011. The Tea Party made a … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DOWLING POOLE – 12 Bar Club, London, 19 September 2014

The Dowling Poole (not a Drowning Pool tribute band as one of my work colleagues thought!) were climaxing a short but sweet acoustic tour with this gig tonight at the 12 Bar Club. My first time in this venue which … Continue reading

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Album review: LANDMARQ – Origins – A Landmarq Anthology 1992-2014

LANDMARQ - Origins - A Landmarq Anthology 1992-2014

Landmarq/Synergy Records [Release date 16.06.14] Landmarq were at the vanguard of ‘neo-prog’ back in the 1990s and whilst they’ve made consistently good albums they’ve always remained on the periphery.  This anthology is an excellent introduction to the band and spans … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – Status Quo Live (box set)

Status Quo Live - box set

UMC [Release date 08.09.14] One of the real highlights of rock in recent years is the reunion of the classic Quo line up – and the successive Frantic Four tours.  Riding the crest of this nostalgia wave is a 4-CD … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – Aquostic (Stripped Bare)

Status Quo - Aquostic

Rhino/Warners [Release date 20.10.14] It may have taken 50 years, but Aquostic finally showcases the Quo “unplugged” with rearrangements of many standards and some surprises too. Maybe this album will ultimately take Rick and Francis back to the small clubs … Continue reading

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Interview with TOM S ENGLUND & JOHAN NIEMANN (Evergrey) – 22 August 2014

Evergrey

Less than a year ago, following another unwanted line-up change, Evergrey were on the brink of calling it a day. A few months later, Evergrey welcomed back in its ranks two of its most important old members and with their … Continue reading

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Album review: BIG COUNTRY – Reissues

Big Country - Steeltown

Universal Music [Release dates 03.08.14 and 27.09.14] Stuart Adamson may have died too soon, but his Big Country legacy seems to be in safe hands, whether it be surviving members continuing to tour under the name and even making a … Continue reading

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Gig review: DRAGONFORCE – The Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, 17 September 2014

DRAGONFORCE – The Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, 17 September 2014

Dragonforce’s Frédéric Leclercq chats to GRTR!’s Dave Wilson before their gig in Edinburgh, the first night of their UK tour It may be a Wednesday night but Edinburgh is buzzing with anticipation as it is the eve of the Scottish … Continue reading

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DVD review: ALICE COOPER – Raise The Dead Live From Wacken

 ALICE COOPER – Raise The Dead Live From Wacken

UDR  [Release date – 20.10.14] No one would begrudge Alice Cooper a quiet retirement, playing away his twilight years on the golf course fairways he loves almost as much as the concert hall stage. Alice, thankfully, shows no signs of … Continue reading

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Quick plays: GASOLINE STARS, DUST BOWL JOKIES, THOMAS ZWIJSEN, DR.JOHN

GASOLINE STARS – Good Looks, Bad Behaviour

GASOLINE STARS – Good Looks, Bad Behaviour Self Release Good Looks, Bad Behaviour is the debut full length album from Gasoline Stars who formed in 2012 in Sweden. Gasoline Stars are a fivesome although they have split with the drummer … Continue reading

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Single & EP reviews: BERLIN BREAKS, BLACK ACES, JUSTIN LERNER, FLIGHT 49

BERLIN BREAKS – Berlin Breaks EP Self Release   [Release date - Out now] Berlin Breaks are a brand new band from Salt lake City, Utah. According to their facebook page they were founded this year and, if so, it shows. … Continue reading

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Album review: ENCHANT – The Great Divide

Enchant - The Great Divide

Inside Out www.insideout.de [Released 29.09.14] It has been eleven years since the band’s last album ‘Tug Of War’ and it looked as though that would be the band’s swansong, especially with vocalist Ted Leonard joining Spock’s Beard. But a new … Continue reading

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