Monthly Archives: October 2015

Album review: LIFELINE – Scream

LIFELINE - Scream

Escape Music www.escape-music.com [Release date 23.10.15] Lifeline have an interesting line-up on this one with two vocalists, namely Nigel Bailey (Three Lions/Bailey) and Lee Small (Shy/Phenomena), who are joined by guitarist Paul Hulme (Demon and Lawless, where he is the … Continue reading

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Album review: CHAMPLIN, WILLIAMS, FRIESTEDT – CWF

CHAMPLIN, WILLIAMS, FRIESTEDT - CWF

AOR Heaven [Release date 26.10.15] CWF is a West Coast AOR supergroup teaming up Toto’s Joseph Williams with former Chicago vocalist Bill Champlin and guitarist/producer Peter Friestedt. The trio have released a live DVD already and Williams & Friestedt released … Continue reading

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DVD review: I Need A Dodge! Joe Strummer On The Run

I Need A Dodge! Joe Strummer On The Run

Cadiz Music [Release date 25.09.15] By 1985 the classic Clash line-up was over and Mark II had taken their place- they looked good and sounded good, but they were not The Clash. The pressure of this and the impending split … Continue reading

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Album review: EXPENZER – Kill The Conductor

EXPENZER – Kill The Conductor

Czar Of Crickets [Release date 06.07.15] In the mid-Eighties thrash metal was king. Early Metallica and Anthrax releases were hailed as future classics but for me it was the first two albums by Slayer which defined the genre. ‘Show No … Continue reading

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Album review: TRIVIUM – Silence In The Snow

TRIVIUM – Silence In The Snow

Roadrunner Records [Release date 02.10.15] This album sees a number of firsts for Trivium, the main ones being that this is the first album to feature new drummer Mat Madiro and, more notably, it is the first album to feature … Continue reading

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DVD review: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – Live At Finsbury Park

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – Live At Finsbury Park

Eagle Rock Entertainment [Release date – 16.10.15] We have Simon Cowell to thank indirectly for this release. Back in 2009 Mr Cowell and his X Factor cronies were planning yet another Christmas chart domination with the latest in a long … Continue reading

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Gig review: SQUEEZE – Royal Albert Hall, London, 15 October 2015

Squeeze - London, 12 December 2012

The Royal Albert Hall always makes any gig feel that little bit extra special with its grand exterior and interior. First up was a young four piece Millions. They were okay, typical indie rock fare and like newer bands they … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE EVENING SHADES, CLAUS HASSING, SOVEREIGN COUNCIL

THE EVENING SHADES - Alright

THE EVENING SHADES Alright www.theeveningshades.com [Release date 28.08.15] The Evening Shades are a US four piece consisting of Mark Thales (vocals/acoustic guitar), Matthew Tayvis (bass/keys), Sam Kovic (guitars) and Justen Nielsen (drums). This band have an ear for a decent … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROBERT CRAY – The Barbican, London, 13 October 2015

Once upon a time Robert Cray was the future of the blues, but tonight he’s cast in the role of a remarkably young looking veteran of the genre. Outside of Buddy Guy he’s almost the last man standing and tonight’s … Continue reading

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Album review: STRYPER – Fallen

STRYPER - Fallen

Frontiers Records [Release date 16.10.15] Few bands can have been subject to such misconceptions as Stryper. The overt way they wore their Christian faith on their distinctive yellow and black sleeves divided opinion when they emerged in the eighties and, … Continue reading

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Album review: VOODOO HILL- Waterfall

VOODOO HILL- Waterfall

Frontiers Records [Release date 16.10.15] Something of a blast from the past, the last of two Voodoo Hill albums was way back in 2004. While the brainchild of Italian guitarist Dario Mollo, for most fans however the interest will be … Continue reading

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Interview: MARTINA EDOFF

Martina Edoff - Unity

Martina Edoff is back with her new album ‘Unity’ and on this one she has enlisted the help of H.E.A.T.’s keyboards player Jona Tee.  Over to Martina for some questions about the album, her favourite three albums of all time … Continue reading

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Album review: SERPENTINE SKY

Serpentine Sky

Melodic Rock Records [Release date 30.10.15] I was on a hat-trick of extremely decent Aussie band discoveries after hearing “One Thousand Years” and “Datura4” recently so when Serpentine Sky’s album landed on my desk, I was hopeful it might complete … Continue reading

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Album review: DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION – (DBA) – Suburban Ghosts (Geoff Downes, Chris Braide)

DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION - Suburban Ghosts

David Randall chats to Chris Braide about his music, songwriting, and collaboration with Geoff Downes (59:25) In this hour special, Geoff Downes chats about DBA and his career which has included high profile stints in Yes and Asia.  He also … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – All Our Yesterdays

BLACKMORE

Frontiers [Release date 18.09.15] At times on this – the tenth – studio album from “the world’s number one Renaissance act” (not my words) you can a hear a Nightwish-friendly approximation of folk rock.  If Blackmore’s Night ramped things up … Continue reading

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Gig review: MIKE BROOKFIELD BAND – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 9 October 2015

MIKE BROOKFIELD BAND – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 9 October 2015

Every now and then a buzz imperceptibly builds up around a new band on the circuit and by the time Mike Brookfield Band hits the Boom Boom Club they waste no time in clinically dispatching any weight of expectation with … Continue reading

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Album review: CIRCLE II CIRCLE – Reign Of Darkness

CIRCLE II CIRCLE - Reign Of Darkness

earMUSIC [Release date 16.10.15] Circle II Circle are back with their latest album, which vocalist Zak Stevens says represents a musical reinvention for the band. Mmm, not too sure about that as the album is a typical Circle II Circle … Continue reading

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News: MICHAEL SCHENKER interview – Sunday 11 October – on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio

Michael Schenker, photo by Simon Dunkerley

Photo: Simon Dunkerley In his weekly feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (Sunday 11 October) Pete Feenstra chats to legendary guitarist Michael Schenker about his album ‘Spirit On A Mission’. Schenker and his band – which includes one-time … Continue reading

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Interview: NAD SYLVAN (October 2015)

Nad Sylvan - Courting The Widow

Nad Slyvan is the vocalist with Steve Hackett and Agents of Mercy. He has also just released his latest solo album ‘Courting The Widow’ on Inside Out. Guests include Nick Beggs, Steve Hackett, the Flower Kings’ Roine Stolt and former … Continue reading

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Gig review: KEE MARCELLO – The Underworld, Camden, 2 October 2015

KEE MARCELLO - The Underworld Camden, 2 October 2015

Kee Marcello has become something of a forgotten man as his former band Europe have successfully reformed and reinvented themselves over the past decade. The guitarist joined them just after ‘The Final Countdown’ propelled them into the proverbial stratosphere and … Continue reading

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