Monthly Archives: March 2016

Album review: KYLA BROX – Throw Away Your Blues

KYLA BROX – Throw Away Your Blues

Pigskin Records [Release date 15.04.16] From the opening gospel feel of ‘If You See Him’ to the closing heartfelt love song ‘I Will Love You More’, this album reconfirms Kyla Brox as a peerless confessional – sometime torch singer – … Continue reading

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Album review: SANDS HALL – Rustler’s Moon

SANDS HALL - Rustler

[Release date 01.08.14] Better known as a writer, theatre director, and actor, Sands Hall has played the guitar since the age of 16, but it’s taken her until her sixties to release her first album. Inspired since an early age … Continue reading

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EP review: DREAM ETERNAL BLISS, THREE DAYS FROM RETIREMENT

DREAM ETERNAL BLISS

DREAM ETERNAL BLISS DEB EP New Jersey debutants Dream Eternal Bliss deliberately bringing together the 80s pop of bands like Berlin, Roxette, and Duran Duran, and fuse it with the AOR melodic dexterity of bands like Toto on their debut … Continue reading

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Album review: SPIRITUAL BEGGARS – Sunrise To Sundown

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS - Sunrise To Sundown

Century Media [Release date 18.03.16] With so many bands taking the 1970s as their inspiration, it has become a crowded marketplace.  The worst case scenario is when the listener feels it is simply easier to go back to source.  But, … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – Deluxe Editions – On The Level, If You Can’t Stand The Heat, Whatever You Want

Status Quo - Whatever You Want

UCM [Release date 25.03.16] These three albums are the next to be given the ‘deluxe edition’ treatment following on from the last batch featuring the albums Hello!, Quo and Rockin’ All Over The World. The premise is the same with … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ALMANAC, MOULETTES, BREAK THE SENSES

ALMANAC - Tsar

ALMANAC Tsar Nuclear Blast [Release date 18.03.16] Rage had a major line-up change last year, one of which saw guitarist Victor Smolski leave the band and he wasted little time in assembling Almanac. This album is a concept piece based … Continue reading

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Album review: ADRIAN WEISS – Easy Game

ADRIAN WEISS – Easy Game

CD Baby [Release date 06.07.14] Just in case you dozed off listening to too much AOR, or you’ve have been concussed by too much metal, you may have missed the emergence of a whole new school of prog-metal instrumentalists including … Continue reading

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Album review: SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco

SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco

Provogue [Release date 26.02.16] In terms of their name alone, Supersonic Blues Machine, has a lot to live up to. Based around the power trio of bassist, producer and songwriter Fabrizio Grossi, guitarist and earthy vocalist Lance Lopez and drummer … Continue reading

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Album review: DRIVE, SHE SAID – Pedal To The Metal

DRIVE, SHE SAID - Pedal to the Metal

Frontiers www.frontiers.it [Release date 15.04.16] Mark Mangold and Al Fritsch appeared under the Touch banner at the 2014 Firefest and this sparked them creating new music, hence now we have the first new Drive, She Said (DSS) album since 2003′s … Continue reading

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Album review: TORONZO CANNON – The Chicago Way

TORONZO CANNON – The Chicago Way

Alligator [Release date 26.02.16] From the opening sustained notes of Toronzo Cannon’s ‘The Pain Around Me’, you know he’s got something to say both lyrically and musically. In many ways he represents an updated version of a previous Alligator artist … Continue reading

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Album review: GEOFF CARNE AND THE HATZ – Get Close

GEOFF CARNE AND THE HATZ – Get Close

Advision UK [Release date 07.03.16] At times it’s hard to believe that Geoff Carne and his long time musical partner Mick Hatz are only a duo, but having taken their inspiration from the likes of The White Stripes, they pursue … Continue reading

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News: BANG – U.S. 1970s Power Trio – European Tour incl. London date and Interview

Bang - early 1970s U.S. power trio

Pete Feenstra chatted to Frank Gilcken, Frank Ferrara and Jake Leger for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  In this interview edit Pete finds out more about the band’s 40 year live hiatus… (4:12) More information (and … Continue reading

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News: JOE LYNN TURNER Interview feature and UK festival date

Joe Lynn Turner - Hard Rock Hell AOR, March 2016

Photo: Darren Griffiths for GRTR! After his stunning performance at the recent Hard Rock Hell AOR event, melodic hard rock singer Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, Deep Purple) returns to the UK this summer for the Rewind North festival, … Continue reading

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Album review: LYRIAN – The Jester’s Quest In The City Of Glass

LYRIAN - The Jester

Medieval Records [Release date 01.04.16] Here’s a prog concept album that doesn’t take itself too seriously, judging by the lighter touch in the accompanying press release.  There is no doubt that a lot of effort and enterprise has gone into … Continue reading

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Album review: THE RAPTOR TRAIL – New World

THE RAPTOR TRAIL - New World

MBM Entertainment [Release date 11.03.16] It’s great when a new band takes its cue from anything other than early seventies blues rock.  The Raptor Trail major on well constructed songs, great playing and a definite – even if subconscious – … Continue reading

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EP review: IMPAVIDUS – s/t

www.impavidus.bandcamp.com/releases [Release date 27.1.16] Manchester born Impavidus are currently tearing venues all around the UK apart and their newly released EP is the damning evidence. Formed from members of both My Wooden Pillow and Driven Apart, Impavidus provide a cutting … Continue reading

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Gig review: TOSELAND, Borderline, London – 22 March 2016

Toseland -  Borderline, London, 22 March 2016

With the release of a second album ‘Cradle The Rage’, former motorcycle world champion James Toseland has surely laid to rest any suggestions his musical career might be a gimmick, certainly on the evidence of what seemed  to be a … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVIE NIMMO – Sky Won’t Fall

The Best of 2016 - Blues

Manhaton [Release date 04.03.16] Stevie Nimmo’s returns to his solo career with a broad based but coherent set of songs that play to his strengths as a thoughtful song writer, impassioned vocalist and stellar guitar player. Where his solo debut … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE LYNN TURNER – Street Of Dreams – Boston 1985

JOE LYNN TURNER - Street Of Dreams - Boston 1985

A two-part special feature was broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Monday 28 March at 22:00 GMT with Joe Lynn Turner chatting about his career, including tracks from the 1985 live album and his solo and band work.  … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BLUE HORIZON – Volume1

THE BLUE HORIZON – Volume 1

Self Release [Release date 01.04.16] The Blue Horizon is a power trio from the Weston-Super-Mare, UK. Their wide musical sweep is a breath of fresh air on the current rock/blues scene. The band sparkles on the soulful, melodic  funk and … Continue reading

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