Monthly Archives: February 2016

Rising Stars interview: THE REBELLES

The Rebelles is formed of Tracie Hunter, Elizabeth Westwood and Phoebe White, and ahead of their debut album they have released a single of the Mott the Hoople classic ‘All The Young Dudes’. Over the band for more on the … Continue reading

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DVD review: THE ECSTASY OF WILKO JOHNSON

THE ECSTASY OF WILKO JOHNSON

Cadiz Music [Release date 21.12.15] This is a work of bizarre genius. What was presumably conceived by film and music director Julien Temple as an epitaph for Wilko Johnson has turned out to be an uplifting story of life-affirmation. Not … Continue reading

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Album review: GRANDHOUR – Bombs & Bullets

GRANDHOUR

Rock Hawk Records [27.11.15] Australia has produced some interesting bands recently, Shadowqueen and Kitchen Witch immediately come to mind.  Although bands like Palace Of The King and Tracer have followed the perhaps more predictable AC/DC lineage. The latest contenders – … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLACK STONE CHERRY, SHINEDOWN, HALESTORM – SSE Arena, Wembley, London, 4 February 2016

Gig review: CARNIVAL OF MADNESS (BLACK STONE CHERRY, SHINEDOWN, HALESTORM) - SSE Arena, Wembley, London, 4 February 2016

‘The Carnival of Madness’, a well known USA touring concept which brings together three or four like-minded bands from the newer generation, was making a first trip to these shores, but the personnel involved were in very familiar circumstances.  Black … Continue reading

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Quick plays: RAZORBATS, RAGE, SAGA, STAR CRYSTAL

RAZORBATS - Camp Rock

RAZORBATS – Camp Rock www.razorbats.com [Release date 15.09.15] Razorbats hail from Norway and they like their 70′s rock that’s for sure, as you can hear bits of Alice Cooper, Kiss and on ‘Getaway’ you could be listening to a long-lost … Continue reading

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Album review: TONY BANKS – Reissues

Tony Banks - A Curious Feeling

Esoteric Recordings [Release date 26.02.16] CD/DVD (5.1 mix) It is a pity that Tony Banks came across as somewhat bad tempered and grumpy in the most recent Genesis TV documentary.  Has he got a chip on the proverbial shoulder?  Well, … Continue reading

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Album review: ANTHRAX – For All Kings

ANTHRAX - For All Kings

Nuclear Blast [Release date 26.02.16] I will admit it has been awhile since I heard an Anthrax album right through, although I was a big fan back in their 80′s period when thrash metal was at its commercial peak. This … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TREATMENT – Generation Me

THE TREATMENT - Generation Me

Frontiers www.frontiers.it [Release date 18.03.16] The Treatment have been around since 2008 and this is album number three from them. They have supported many big names in the rock world including Kiss, Motley Crue and Status Quo plus they have … Continue reading

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Album review: SOTO – Divak

SOTO - Divak

earMUSIC [Release date 01.04.16] Soto’s debut album ‘Inside The Vertigo’  came and went early last year, and judging by the critical reaction perhaps splitting some of the core JSS fanbase as it marked a return to the more hard-hitting metal … Continue reading

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Gig review: RUNRIG – Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 13 February 2016

RUNRIG – Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 13 February 2016

If you were to conduct a street poll asking Joe Public to name Scottish bands you would no doubt get the likes of The Proclaimers, Wet, Wet, Wet and possibly even the Bay City Rollers.  I have a sneaking suspicion … Continue reading

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Album review: TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – Letters From The Labyrinth

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA - Letters From The Labyrinth

Decca [Release date 29.01.16 - UK] Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) are back with a new album and unlike previous ones this is not a one themed rock opera, instead a collection of songs with varying themes.  Plus there are some classical … Continue reading

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Gig review: JUST SAY YES/ARFM MELODIC ROCK FUNDRAISER – The Spot, Derby, 30 January 2016

JUST SAY YES/ARFM MELODIC ROCK FUNDRAISER - The Spot, Derby, 30 January 2016

Now in its second year, the ‘Just Say Yes’ and ARFM charity melodic rock fundraiser was a must on several grounds. First of all, in its own right as raising a substantial amount for a charity supporting young people with … Continue reading

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EP review: BROKEN WITT REBELS – Georgia Pine

[Released 01.04.16]  https://www.facebook.com/BrokenWittRebelsUK/ Broken Witt Rebels hail from Birmingham (UK), not Alabama as you may be mistaken for  thinking after listening to their southern rock tinged sound on this five song EP. The band consists of Danny Core (vocals/rhythm guitar), … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMO – Let Love Show The Way

Simo - Let Love Show The Way

Provogue [Release date 26.01.16] Sometimes a new band needs a relevant context to make a splash. Happily for Simo, they seems to be in the right place at the right time to explode on to the contemporary blues-rock scene with … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TREETOP FLYERS, SERENITY

TREETOP FLYERS - Palomino

TREETOP FLYERS – Palomino [Release date 11.03.16] This is the second album from this London five piece and listening to the album you would think you were back in the 1970′s and the West Coast sound of artists like Crosby, … Continue reading

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Album review: AVANTASIA – Ghostlights

AVANTASIA - Ghostlights

Nuclear Blast [Release date 29.01.16] Tobias Sammet is back with another instalment of his Avantasia project. This one follows on thematically from ‘The Mystery Of Time’ album, with the lead character, a young scientist, unwittingly drawing the attention of a … Continue reading

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Album review: TYGERS OF PAN TANG – Noises From The Cathouse

TYGERS OF PAN TANG - Noises From The Cathouse

Angel Air Records [Release date 05.02.16] Remember the days when any self-respecting rock band had to have a “Y” replacing the “I” in its name, at least one umlaut over a vowel and the kind of curly-locked barnets which would … Continue reading

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News: HANDEL & HENDRIX Museum opens in Brook Street, London – 9 February 2016

Handel & Hendrix in London Museum

The Handel & Hendrix in London Museum opens its doors to Jimi Hendrix’s London Brook Street flat from 10 February . It’s a unique project that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) committee member Rachel Hasted notes: “brings together Rock & the … Continue reading

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Album review: RESURRECTION KINGS

Resurrection Kings

Frontiers Records [Release date 29.01.16] Frontiers new project sees former Dio guitarist Craig Goldy continue his return to the spotlight following Giuffria’s poorly received and presumably short lived reunion at Rockingham. This time he has teamed up with a line … Continue reading

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Album review: NORDIC UNION

Nordic Union

Frontiers Records [Release date 29.01.16] Lead singer of Eclipse, whose ‘Armageddonize’ album was GRTR!’s second best melodic rock album of 2015, Erik Martensson is one of the most prolific, not to say talented, figures in his field. The latest in … Continue reading

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