Yearly Archives: 2015

News: Melodic rockers FM top popular poll for top rock album of 2015

FM - Planet Rockstock, Porthcawl, 7 December 2014

FM and Vintage Trouble scoop popular poll In the Get Ready to ROCK! end of year popular poll melodic rockers FM were voted top album with ‘Heroes And Villains’ whilst readers and listeners confirmed the reviewers rating by making Vintage … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLACK STAR RIDERS – Scala, London, 11 December 2015

BLACK STAR RIDERS - Scala, London, 11 December 2015

Quite apart from being one of the best of the current crop of bands, there can surely be no harder working outfit than Black Star Riders. A Spring tour, Summer festival appearances and opening for the Def Leppard and Whitesnake … Continue reading

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Gig review: GUN – Barrowlands, Glasgow, 18 December 2015

GUN – Barrowlands, Glasgow, 18 December 2015

The last Friday before Christmas is traditionally party night in Glasgow and what better night out than in the company of two of Scotland’s finest bands namely Gun and King King. It was good to see a healthy audience in … Continue reading

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Album review: MYSTERY – Delusion Rain

Unicorn Digital http://www.unicorndigital.net/ Mystery are back with their follow-up to 2012′s ‘The World Is A Game’. Since then the band have changed vocalists with Jean Pageau replacing Benoît David, who left to join prog rock legends Yes and has subsequently … Continue reading

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Album review: CRIMSON STONE – Crimson Stone

Crimson Stone - Crimson Stone

La Choza De Doe [Release date 07.06.15] Which came first the chicken or the egg?  Put it another way, do bands like Crimson Stone try to fit a pre-existing musical mould? Crimson Stone show just enough imagination within a huge … Continue reading

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Gig review: HARD ROCK HELL IX – Hafan Y Mor, Pwllheli, Wales, 12-14 November 2015

Helloween -  HARD ROCK HELL IX - Hafan Y Mor, Pwlhelli, Wales, 12-14 November 2015

Thursday When the line-up was announced for this year’s 9th chapter of the Hard Rock Hell journey there were the usual naysayers but to be fair it’s the same for every festival… However one thing that topped everything was the … Continue reading

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Album review: INGLORIOUS – Inglorious

Inglorious

Frontiers [Release date 19.02.16] Inglorious formed in February 2014 and they are fronted by Nathan James, who has sung live with Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Uli Jon Roth, along with TV’s ‘Superstar’. The line-up is completed by guitarists Andreas Eriksson and … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMULACRUM – Sky Divided

SIMULACRUM – Sky Divided

Self Release  [Release date 28.08.15] This is the second album from Finnish prog metallers Simulacrum and rather good it is too. The band are led by Niklas on vocals and Chrism on keyboards who take care of the lyrics and … Continue reading

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Album review: GRAAL – Chapter 1V

Graal - Chapter IV

Code 7 – Jolly Roger [Release date 25.05.15] It ten years since the Italian prog rock band Graal’s debuted with ‘Realm Of Fantasy’ and ‘Chapter 1v’ finds them honing their craft in a genre hopping mode while revelling in instrumental virtuosity. … Continue reading

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News: Rock journeyman JAMES STEVENSON plays first solo gig, Thursday 17 December (Water Rats, London)

James Stevenson

Guitarist/songwriter James Stevenson plays his first solo gig at Water Rats, King’s Cross, London on Thursday 17 December (19:15).  James Stevenson has been an in-demand session player since his earliest outings with punk/new wave band Chelsea in the late 1970s.  … Continue reading

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EP review and interview: DOLL SKIN – In Your Face

EMP Records (EP) There is no doubt that 2015 has been a great year for new music and ending the year on a high note is Doll Skin. Produced by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, and released on his EMP Records … Continue reading

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Gig review: DEF LEPPARD/ WHITESNAKE, Hydro, Glasgow, 10 December 2015

DEF LEPPARD/ WHITESNAKE, Hydro, Glasgow, 10 December 2015

This run of shows must be one of the most hotly anticipated of 2015. A double header of Def Leppard and Whitesnake with Black Star Riders along as support, it promised an evening of classic rock heaven. Horrendous traffic (2.5 … Continue reading

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Gig review: CRACKER – Dingwalls, London, 7 December 2015

A spirit-lifting gig on a miserable Monday night from an inventive band who refuse to be pigeon-holed. Cracker have variously been described as alt rock, alt country, country rock, post-punk and blues-folk. I kid you not. Who needs labels when … Continue reading

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Album review: MEN ON THE HILL – M.O.T.H.

MEN ON THE HILL – M.O.T.H.

Imagine living in a post-apocalyptic, musical wasteland populated by pretentious jazz-loving “intellectuals” who get out of the bath to take a piss, adore Snorah Jones and listen to a hoaky amateurish local English-language radio station that only plays songs which … Continue reading

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DVD review: THE ROLLING STONES – From The Vault

THE ROLLING STONES - From The Vaults

Eagle Vision [Release date 30.10.15] I am pleased to say that those very nice people at Eagle have delivered the goods once again and the latest releases in The Rolling Stones “From The Vault” series are from Tokyo in 1990 … Continue reading

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Album review: BILLY SHERWOOD – Citizen

BILLY SHERWOOD – Citizen

Frontiers Records [Release date 06.11.15] Billy Sherwood, man of many talents and currently bassist for Yes, has assembled an impressive cast of guest musicians for his “Citizen” album…but the question has to be can it deliver when so many of … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROCK GODDESS/Praying Mantis/Desolation Angels – Islington O2 Academy, London, 3 December 2015

Praying Mantis, Cambridge Rock Festival, 2013

A night of NWOBHM resurrections. First up Desolation Angels. The band ambled on stage to a room of about 50 souls and did a bit of instrument fiddling over David Bowie’s ‘Boys Keep Swinging’ blasting from the PA. Not a … Continue reading

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Gig review: DEEP PURPLE – 02 Arena, London, 3 December 2015

DEEP PURPLE - 02 Arena, London, 3 December 2015

One of the first lessons I ever learned in rock school was it was an (un?)holy British trinity of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple who effectively invented heavy rock, or heavy metal as it was later badged. You … Continue reading

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Gig review: PLANET ROCKSTOCK – Trecco Bay, South Wales, 4-6 December 2015

FM - Planet Rockstock - Trecco Bay, South Wales, 4 December 2015

Friday 4 December This is the third year for the Planet Rock annual festival and the second year at Porthcawl. I thought last year’s line-up would take some beating and, although thinking 2015 was a weak bill by comparison, I … Continue reading

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Album review: RYAN McGARVEY – The Road Chosen

RYAN MCGARVEY – The Road Chosen

Justforkicks-Deu [Release date 07.11.14] Here’s an album that almost slipped through the cracks, but given it was released in late November last year and consequently missed ‘the best of’ lists, I think we’re allowed to sneak into the 2015 reviews. … Continue reading

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