Monthly Archives: October 2014

Album review: ANGELS OR KINGS – Kings Of Nowhere

Kings Of Nowhere

AOR Heaven [Released 27.10.14] Angels Or Kings can trace their history back to the 1980′s UK AOR scene when they were known as A.O.K. and played supports to bands passing through their hometown of Manchester. Guitarist Tony Bell has even … Continue reading

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Album review: LIVE – The Turn

Live - The Turn

Released [03.11.14] Live have had an interesting history these past few years to say the least as after splitting-up in 2009 and parting with lead singer Ed Kowalczyk, lawsuits and recriminations followed. Eventually in 2011 the other band members rebooted … Continue reading

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Album review: NEONFLY – Strangers In Paradise plus interview with Frederick Thunder

NEONFLY – Strangers In Paradise

Inner Wound Recordings [Release date 01.12.14] Neonfly I discovered thanks to a tip-off from Charlie Farrell, a man who knows his way around the metal scene and recommended I got along early to see them supporting the mighty Power Quest. … Continue reading

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News: Get Ready to ROCK! Radio – November 2014 highlights

Mixcloud

November 2014 Highlights More information at the dedicated website Check back here as we add new features throughout the month. All times, GMT We are posting selected shows to our Mixcloud page. Photo: Simon Dunkerley Tuesdays 19:00 Pete Feenstra Rock … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLUES FEST 2014 – Royal Albert Hall, London, 28 October 2014

Georgie Fame - Blues Fest 2014, Royal Albert Hall, London, 28 October 2014

An afternoon session at the Albert Hall for the 2014 Blues Fest was a pleasant surprise, as the old building opened its doors to some of smaller rooms to house a wide array of exciting blues talent. Perhaps it was … Continue reading

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Album review: DIXIE DREGS – Dregs Of The Earth, Unsung Heroes, Industry Standard (reissue)

DIXIE DREGS - Dregs Of The Earth, Unsung Heroes, Industry Standard (reissue)

BGO Records [Release date 06.10.14] www.bgo-records.com OK.  I own up.  I thought Dixie Dregs might have been another Poco or Flying Burrito Brothers.  Yes, I knew that this was Steve Morse’s first major calling card, but even though liking his … Continue reading

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Book review: STRANGE BOAT: MIKE SCOTT AND THE WATERBOYS by Ian Abrahams

Mike Scott

Gonzo Multimedia www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk [Published 23.06.14] This is a comprehensive overview of the career of Mike Scott from his early days in bands like Another Pretty Face through to the Waterboys and his various solo work, although to be fair the … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLACK STONE CHERRY – The Hydro, Glasgow, 26 October 2014

Black Stone Cherry – The Hydro, Glasgow, 26 October 2014

It was curiosity that led me to this gig as so far Black Stone Cherry are a band who have left me underwhelmed. I have only seen them live once before and that was a small acoustic session a couple … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JOHN FORRESTER, FYRE!

John Forrester

JOHN FORRESTER – Outsider Irregular Records www.forrester.uk.com [Released 27.10.14] This is the third solo album from John Forrester who plays bass in the Outcast band and bass/double-bass with Robb Johnson. On this album John Forrester provides the vocals, bass and … Continue reading

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Album review: LUNA ROSSA – Secrets & Lies

Luna Rossa - Secrets & Lies

Luna Rossa – the ‘side-project’ of keyboard maestro Jonathan Edwards and singer / songwriter and vocalist Anne-Marie Helder, is fast becoming in danger of usurping their main band, Panic Room. The creative force behind both bands, Luna Rossa is a … Continue reading

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Album review: CYRILLE VERDEAUX & PASCAL MENETREY – Tribal Hybrid Concept

CYRILLE VERDEAUX & PASCAL MENETREY – Tribal Hybrid Concept

Gonzo [Release date 12.05.14] ‘Tribal Hybrid Concept’ is cerebral and at times emotional music. It’s a cross cultural melange with lofty ambitions that fuses different genres of music with a succession of samples.  The result is free flowing atmospheric vibes … Continue reading

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Single & EP reviews: FORGED IN BLACK, INHERIT THE STARS

FORGED IN BLACK – The Exodus

EP Review : FORGED IN BLACK – The Exodus Self Release [Release date 01.12.14] Forged in Black from Essex are releasing their first EP this December however under their former name, Merciless Fail, the band released both an album and … Continue reading

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Gig review: SOiL – The Garage, Glasgow, 23 October 2014

SOiL - The Garage, Glasgow, 23 October 2014

Some things are sent to try you!  Take tonight, I was going along to this gig mostly on the strength of opening act Wolfborne’s latest album, ‘In The Beginning’, which I reviewed recently and found to be excellent. Knowing that … Continue reading

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Album review: FREQUENCY DRIFT – Summer

FREQUENCY DRIFT - Summer

[Download only from band website - Release date: 12.09.14] There are certain bands and artists, aren’t there, to whom you turn to capture your prevailing mood? One brings to mind Buddy Guy for blues, Zeppelin or AC/DC if you want … Continue reading

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DVD review: THE STORY OF UFO – Too Hot To Handle (1969-1993)

The Story of UFO - Too Hot To Handle

Wienerworld [Release date 29.09.14] One of the great mainstays of British hard rock for nearly 50 years, UFO have never been properly commemorated in terms of a video documentary. Some fans may complain that this 60 minute overview (really from … Continue reading

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Album review: HOUSE OF X – S/t

House of X

Escape Music www.escape-music.com [Released 27.10.14] Not some dodgy gentleman’s club but a group where three of its members, namely Danny Peyronel (vocals), Clive Edwards (drums) and Laurence Archer (guitars), have all at one time be members of legendary British hard … Continue reading

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News: WINTER ROCKS in Sheffield on 6 December with THE ANSWER

Winter Rocks - Sheffield Corporation, 6 December 2014

Sheffield Corporation will play host to the first annual WinterRocks Festival in December. This extravaganza will mix international artists with some of Sheffield’s finest rising talents over two stages. THE ANSWER will deliver their stunning live show as festival headliners … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 19 October 2014

BLACKBERRY SMOKE - Shepherds Bush Empire, London,19 October 2014

Fellow GRTR! scribe Nikk Gunns posed a fascinating discussion question online recently – ‘if there were no new music from this point onwards, could you live with the music we have already had’? Judging from the mixed response he received, … Continue reading

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Interview with MICHALIS MOATSOS (Endless Recovery) – 15 October 2014

It may be true that Thrash Metal has been enjoying a revival of sorts these last few years, however, the passion and energy that characterised this great genre in the mid-80s has long been sacrificed in return for polished production … Continue reading

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Gig review: STATUS QUO – Roundhouse, London, 22 October 2014

STATUS QUO -  Roundhouse, London, 22 October 2014

The ‘unplugged ‘ tradition is now a firmly established rock n roll industry norm for bands to find an alternative way to revitalise- and of course promote – their body of work. It’s horses for courses however, and one of … Continue reading

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