Monthly Archives: November 2014

Quick plays: LEON ALVARADO, KNIGHT AREA, SHADOW MERCHANT

LEON ALVARADO

LEON ALVARADO – 2014: Music From An Expanded Universe Melodic Revolution Records – [Release date: 30.10.14] The title says it all really as this sounds like it was written in space, played in space and beamed down for spaced-out people … Continue reading

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DVD reviews: THE ROLLING STONES – From the Vault 1975 and 1981

The Rolling Stones - LA Forum Live In 1975

THE ROLLING STONES – From The Vault- L.A Forum 1975 Eagle Vision [Released 17.11 .14] The Rolling Stones have previously made a number of live performances available as downloads from their website and these have all been brought up to … Continue reading

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Album review: RAPHEUMET’S WELL – Dimensions

RAPHEUMET

Sometimes a local band will come along and blow you away with the music they play. Living around Charlotte, NC I’m a lucky guy because the metal scene is pretty incredible. I have been lucky to see some amazing bands … Continue reading

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Gig review: BIGELF – The Garage, London, 19 November 2014

Support Acts: Bend Sinister / Jolly Review by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Though first formed in Los Angeles twenty three years ago, it took the US trio Bigelf plenty of personal effort and the committed support … Continue reading

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Album review: ROD STEWART – Vinyl

Rod Stewart - Vinyl

Universal (5 LP box set) [Released 01.12.14] For the first time, Rod Stewart’s five studio LPs originally released between 1969 and 1974 are released in a boxed set (his Mercury label years before he switched label to Warner Brothers). Each … Continue reading

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News: BIFF BYFORD (Saxon) interview and special features on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio

Biff Byford of Saxon

Sunday 30 November 2014, 17:00 Thursday 4 December, 22:00 repeat Saxon frontman Biff Byford chooses the music in Get Ready to ROCK! Radio’s  ‘Favourite Tracks from Favourite Artists’ sequence.  He chats to GRTR!’s David Randall about the band’s progress and … Continue reading

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Album review: CORVUS STONE – Corvus Stone ll

CORVUS STONE - Corvus Stone ll

Melodic Revolution Records [Release Date: 30.09.14] Back in November 2012 I had the pleasure of reviewing Corvus Stone’s first album – and some album it was too, having progressive rock at its heart but incorporating a myriad of other styles … Continue reading

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Album Review: BLOODBOUND – Stormborn

AFM Records [release date 21.11.14] Swedish metal-heads Bloodbound return with an evil looking album to celebrate their tenth anniversary and like their last release “In The Name Of Metal”, you just know what to expect with “Stormborn”…or do you… Enjoyable … Continue reading

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Album review: LARRY MILLER – Soldier Of The Line

Larry Miller - Soldier of the Line

Big Guitar [Release date 24.11.14] ‘Soldier Of The Line’ is an aptly titled, song driven album that taps into the unbroken spirit of Larry Miller. His unrelenting roadwork, scuffed scratch plate, broken strings and relationship songs are the nuts and … Continue reading

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Gig review: HARD ROCK HELL 8 – Pwllheli, 15 November 2014

HARD ROCK HELL 8 - Pwllheli, 15 November 2014

Simon Dunkerley writes: I hadn’t seen opening act MORE play for 33 years.  In fact the last time was at Monster Of Rock – the original Download before all the hype took over and turned it into the money making … Continue reading

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Gig review: HARD ROCK HELL 8 – Pwllheli, 13-14 November 2014

HARD ROCK HELL - Pwllheli, 13-14 November 2014

Simon Dunkerley writes: The time has come to rally the HRH tribe for the last time this year to yet another sold out celebration of all things rock with a lineup that has so many great names both old and … Continue reading

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Album review: VARGAS BLUES BAND – From The Dark

Vargas Blues Band - Into The Darkness

Off Yer Rocka [Release date 27.10.14] It’s 23 years since Javier Vargas first announced himself to European blues audiences. In the interim, the Spanish rock blues guitarist has established himself a Latino blues crossover artist who has also prospered in … Continue reading

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Album review – LAWLESS – R.I.S.E.

Lawless - R.I.S.E.

Escape Music [Released 08.12.14] Quick follow-up from the band’s debut album ‘Rock Savage’ released last year sees Lawless carry on with their classy brand of melodic/classic Brit metal. The band feature two members of Demon – vocalist/rhythm guitarist Paul Hume … Continue reading

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Album review: CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND – Live From Paris 1977

Captain Beefheart - Live From Paris 1977

Gonzo [Release date 28.10.14] ‘Live From Paris 1977’ replicates the format of the Gonzo label’s previous ‘Live in Detroit’ release, with similar art work and a trebley bootleg quality audio that is just about good enough to draw you into … Continue reading

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Album review: GONG – I See You

Gong - I See You

        Madfish [Release date 10.11.14] Daevid Allan’s Gong unexpectedly return with a musically complex album, full of biting lyrics and dense but enjoyable music that straddles the jazz and psychedelic, space-rock divide. ‘I See You’ has internationalist … Continue reading

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Album review: WITCH MOUNTAIN – Mobile Of Angels

WITCH MOUNTAIN – Mobile Of Angels

Svart Records – Out Now. Female-fronted vintage-sounding bands have been on the rise for quite some time now so you would certainly be excused to think that Witch Mountain may just be another outfit eager to jump into this specific … Continue reading

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Album review: NECROHOLOCAUST – Holocaustic Goat Metal

NECROHOLOCAUST – Holocaustic Goat Metal

Iron Bonehead – Out Now. Though a huge fan of the Canadian Metal scene since the mid 80s, I admit that the name Necroholocaust meant absolutely nothing to me prior to being granted access to “Holocaustic Goat Metal” – the … Continue reading

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Album review: DEATH PENALTY – Death Penalty

Death Penalty - Death Penalty

Rise Above – Out Now. There are many fans of groove-laden Doom Metal, myself included, who still cannot believe that UK legends Cathedral are no longer with us. During, however, the time that we were left licking our wounds and … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE YARDBIRDS – Bush Hall, London, 21 November 2014

Capable support was supplied by the promising Some Velvet Morning, a three piece pop-rock outfit taking a 21st century twist on some classic ’80′s influences. The band came on to the atmospheric Nancy Sinatra track from which they take their … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE LEVELLERS, ABC, Glasgow, 21 November 2014

THE LEVELLERS, ABC, Glasgow, 21 November 2014

The definition of frustration is arriving at a venue just after 8pm only to discover that both support bands have been and gone. This is the situation which I found myself in tonight, made all the worse by the fact … Continue reading

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