Monthly Archives: August 2015

News: GHOST, THE SWORD, GTR – Monday 31st August 2015

Broken Teeth release a new album, ‘Bulldozer’ in October. Kansas have signed with Inside Out who will release their new studio album, the first in over fifteen years. This will mark the recording debut of new members David Manion (keys) … Continue reading

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Album review: EAT THE GUN – Howlinwood

EAT THE GUN - Howlinwood

SPV www.spv.de [Release date 28.08.15] Who doesn’t love a good threesome ? German threesomes are even better – allegedly!  Right from the almost QOTSA staccato-riff opening to title track “Howlinwood” (cool video too), I thought “’Allo, what have we here?” … Continue reading

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Album review: THREE ELEMENTS – Generation Y

THREE ELEMENTS – Generation Y

Self release [Release date 20.06.15] Three Elements have apparently earned themselves the title of ‘the heaviest pop band of Switzerland’. Not too sure how much competition there is for this title but it does sum the band up nicely. Taking … Continue reading

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Album review: THE POYNT – This Is American Royalty

THE POYNT – This Is American Royalty

Self release [Release date 02.01.15] The cult of the ‘celebrity’ is a strange phenomenon. It would appear that anyone can now become famous overnight regardless of what talent they possess with the rise of social media and reality TV and … Continue reading

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Album review: KORITNI – Night Goes On For Days

KORITNI – Night Goes On For Days

earMusic [Release date 04.09.15] Koritni is a new name to me which is quite surprising when you read the band’s biography. This is their fourth album and has been produced by Kevin Shirley. Kevin has previously worked with Iron Maiden … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ORANGE OUTLAW, NEGACY, ARCHANGEL

ORANGE OUTLAW – Desert Wolf

ORANGE OUTLAW Desert Wolf Self release [Release date 01.03.15] Album covers can be deceiving at times, going by the lone wolf in the desert I had this pegged as a stoner rock workout, how wrong could I be! Orange Outlaw … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TELERGY, TARJA TURUNEN

TARJA TURUNEN - Ave Maria

TARJA TURUNEN – Ave Maria earMusic [Release date 11.09.15] This is a big gamble for both Tarja and her record label, as even they have not released an all classical/crossover album as far as I am aware. On this album … Continue reading

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Album review: INNER ODYSSEY – Ascension

INNER ODYSSEY - Ascension

Self-released [Release date: 16.06.15] Over the years, Canada has produced relatively few bands that have made any sort of impact on the world of progressive rock. If you put to one side Rush, Saga and, from the very early days, … Continue reading

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Album review: ANDREAS VOCKRODT – Adventures In Foggyland

ANDREAS VOCKRODT - Adventures In Foggyland

7music (Membran) [Release date 13.03.15] From his opening shred on ‘21 is Only Half The Truth’, through several shifting rhythm patterns,  an ever present melodic undertow and the gnawing riff conclusion of  ‘Transition To Reality’, its obvious that German guitarist … Continue reading

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Review: 4th EUROPEAN BLUES EXPO – Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, SW France, 11 July to 31 Aug 2015

4th EUROPEAN BLUES EXPO – Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, SW France, 11 July - 31 Aug 2015

The European blues scene is often over shadowed by its American counterpart and the 4th European Blues Expo gives you a clue as to why. For while the venue is refreshingly new and the photographic exhibition showcasing the work of … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MAD MAX, BLACK TRIP

MAD MAX – Thunder, Storm & Passion

BLACK TRIP – Shadowline SPV www.spv.de [Release date 28.08.15] Drawing heavily on the influences of very early Maiden and other NWOBHM band of that era and ilk, Sweden’s Black Trip have followed up 2014’s “Goin’ Under” with new release “Shadowline”. … Continue reading

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Album review: DELTA DEEP – Delta Deep

DELTA DEEP - Delta Deep

[Release date 23.06.15] I usually approach solo projects by artists from established bands with some degree of skepticism but Phil Collen has led me to re-appraise that approach. I think that’s because the songs on this exceptional album came out … Continue reading

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Album review: MANY THINGS – Burn Together

MANY THINGS - Burn Together

Indie [Release date 04.11.15] I first heard Many Things when they supported The Polyphonic Spree last year and they bowled me over with their quirky pop and ear for a good melody. The band consist of Michael Tomlinson (vocals/guitar),  Macks … Continue reading

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Album review: STRATOVARIUS – Eternal

STRATOVARIUS - Eternal

earMUSIC [Release date 11.09.15] Amazingly this is the band’s sixteenth studio album and they have been around since the mid-80′s, although the present line-up has no original members. Vocalist Timo Kotipelto has also been busy with Cain’s Offering who released … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ALARM – Strength (30th anniversary)

The Twenty First Century Recording Company [Released 02.10.15] For the thirtieth anniversary of this classic Alarm album Mike Peters has gone and re-recorded the whole album. Not only that, the lyrics have been updated in many cases and he has … Continue reading

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Album review: RAINBURN – Canvas Of Silence

RAINBURN - Canvas Of Silence

Self released  [Release Date: 31.10.14] Progressive rock music has rarely been in ruder health than it is at present, with exceptional music arriving from all corners of the globe – both to rattle the cage of complacency of western Europe’s … Continue reading

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Album review: THORNE – At The Edge

THORNE – At The Edge

CD Baby [Release date 20.06.15] Thorne is an international combo spanning three continents, whose members have never met. They are a prog and classic rock band with psychedelic edges, who met on line via the music collaboration site http://www.kompoz.com and … Continue reading

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Album review: DAN DOIRON – Stand Back I Don’t Know How Loud This Thing Gets

DAN DOIRON - Stand Back I Don

Dan Doiron [Release Date 14.05.15] Every once in a while you stumble across a blues album that makes you wonder why you hadn’t come across the artist before. And with a title like ‘Stand Back I Don’t Know How Loud … Continue reading

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Album review: FUSONIC – Fields Of No Man’s Land

FUSONIC - Fields Of No Man

DMI Records [Release Date 22.06.15] Fusonic is a Dutch symphonic prog rock band  whose second album draws on the prog rock giants of the past and reaches for a new musical vocabulary for the present. The fact they don’t  quite … Continue reading

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Album review: LYNCH MOB – Rebel

LYNCH MOB - Rebel

Frontiers Records [Release Date 21.08.15] Former Dokken guitarist George Lynch is in extremely prolific form after an up and down career. Less than a year ago came a mini album under the Lynch Mob banner, ‘Sun Red Sun’, then his … Continue reading

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