Monthly Archives: May 2016

Album review: MORELAND & ARBUCKLE – Promised Land Or Bust

Moreland & Arbuckle - Promised Land Or Bust

Alligator [Release date 20.05.16] Moreland & Arbuckle are here to remind us that Heartland rock isn’t necessarily country music by another name. ‘Promised Land Or Bust’ their 7th album refines their signature roots-rock sound, built on memorable riffs, alternated soulful … Continue reading

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Gig review: SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL SOUTH – The Forum, Hatfield, 31 May 2016

Mallory Knox - The Slam Dunk Festival South, 31 May 2016

Photo by Ian Collins Bank Holiday Monday and the train from Kings Cross is packed full of alternative kids with more face metal and stretched-out earlobes than you can shake a stick at. Among them is the odd old person … Continue reading

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News: BAD COMPANY Tour in October 2016

BAD COMPANY - Manchester Arena, 24 October 2016

Photo: Steve Goudie Bad Company will return to the UK for their first tour in four years on their ‘Swan Song’ tour.  Original Bad Company members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke will play eight dates in October. One … Continue reading

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Quick plays: PAPERNUT CAMBRIDGE, SULFUR CITY, KING MUD

PAPERNUT CAMBRIDGE Love The Things Your Lover Loves An album full of trippy, bubblegum pop – these types of bands were ubiquitous in the ‘70s, think early Small Faces with Steve Mariott-type, easy-on-the-ears ditties (though not his pipes) but you … Continue reading

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Album review: JORN – Heavy Rock Radio

Frontiers www.frontiers.it [Release date 03.06.16] Jorn is back with…another covers album. In the past few years he has been doing various re-recordings of his older work or covers, plus last years rather good ‘Dracula – The Swing Of Death’ with … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS ALLARD – Invisible Landscape

Chris Allard - Invisible Landscape

Perdido [Release date 10.06.16] Chris Allard probably won’t thank me for saddling him with the jazz fusion tag, but he’s a subtle guitarist who evokes the likes of John Schofield and Lee Ritenour over 10 tracks full of inspired interplay, … Continue reading

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Album review: GENE THE WEREWOLF – The Loner

GENE THE WEREWOLF - The Loner

[Release date 17.06.16] Fellow GRTR! reviewer Nikk Gunns loved Gene The Werewolf’s last album, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Animal’, which was released at the end of 2012 on Frontiers. Like that album, this new one – their third to date – … Continue reading

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Album review: SLUDGEHAMMER – The Fallen Sun

SLUDGEHAMMER - The Fallen Sun

[Release date 10.06.16] The major issue I have with some of the heavier music still remains the vocals. Sometimes I’ll press play and have my mind blown by some amazing music only to have my ears blown by bad vocals. … Continue reading

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Album review: CONDITION RED – Illusion Of Truth

CONDITION RED - Illusion Of Truth

Lion Music [Release date 20.05.16] Lars Eric Mattson is a brilliant guitarist that not very many people outside music fans that dig a little deeper into guitar based music will easily recognize. It’s a shame too because everything I have … Continue reading

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News: DAN REED NETWORK – new album and interview (Sunday 29 May 2016)

Dan Reed Network

In this exclusive interview edit, Dan Reed chats to David Randall about ‘Fight Another Day’. (8:59) The full version of the interview is now available via Mixcloud The first new Dan Reed Network album for 25 years is released via … Continue reading

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Gig review: LEAFHOUND – The Eel Pie Club, Twickenham, 19 May 2016

LEAFHOUND- The Eel Pie Club, Twickenham, 19 May 2016

One of the great cult bands, Leafhound are still very much a going concern, but tour frustratingly infrequently. This show was on singer Pete French’s stamping ground, though the younger generation who have picked up on Leafhound as an influence … Continue reading

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Album review: GANDALF’S FIST – The Clockwork Fable

GANDALF

www.gandalfsfist.com [Release date 01.05.16] I enjoyed Gandalf’s Fist’s last album ‘A Forest Of Fey’, and they have really upped their game all round on this one. First, a mention about the packaging. Not only do we get a sumptuous triple … Continue reading

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Album review: RICH ROBINSON – Reissues

RICH ROBINSON - Paper

Eagle Rock [Release date 22.02.16] With the Black Crowes looking to be all but consigned to musical history, Rich Robinson – founder, guitarist and writer of the music that made the band such a creative force – is now re-issuing … Continue reading

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Album review: THE STANDARD LAMPS – Long Lost Love

THE STANDARD LAMPS - Long Lost Love

www.thestandardlamps.com [Release date 22.04.16] Hot on the heels of last year’s rather good ‘Mono’ EP The Standard Lamps are back with new album. They have also been busy on the live front supporting The Bluetones at the end of last … Continue reading

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Album review: VEGA – Who We Are

The Best of 2016 - Melodic Rock

Frontiers [Release Date 13.05.16] Standard bearers for a new breed of melodic rock that marries the big hooks of the genre’s heyday with more contemporary arrangements and production, Vega have stood the test of time, this being their fourth album … Continue reading

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Album review: SUNSTRIKE- Ready To Strike

SUNSTRIKE- Ready To Strike

AOR Heaven [Release Date 20.05.16] It seems to be par for the course for Scandinavian musicians from a heavier background to create new side projects to indulge their love of more commercial melodic rock. Following in the footsteps of the … Continue reading

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Album review: RAINBOW – Boston 1981

RAINBOW - Boston 1981

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra Records [Release date 20.05.16] At the end of every Rainbow there is  a pot of gold.  This is surely what labels must be thinking as Ritchie Blackmore plays his Strat in anger (allegedly) this summer.  Following the release … Continue reading

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Quick plays: PHANTOM 5, LUKE ELLIOT, HEADLINE MANIAC

PHANTOM 5 S/T Frontiers [Release date 13.05.16] Phantom 5 is a new band/project featuring the familiar names of Michael Voss (Casanova/Silver/Bonfire/Mad Max), vocalist Claus Lessmann (ex-Bonfire), guitarist Robby Boebel (Frontline), drummer Axel Kruse (drums) and on bass Francis Buchholz (MS … Continue reading

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Album review: ALBANY DOWN – The Outer Reach

ALBANY DOWN - The Outer Reach

Pete Feenstra chats to Albany Down with tracks from the album ‘The Outer Reach’ (25:00)  First broadcast 22 May 2016 on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. More information www.albanydown.com [Release date 10.06.16] Album number three from Albany Down who are … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE TREATMENT – Islington O2 Academy, London,13 May 2016

THE TREATMENT - Islington Academy, London,13 May 2016

David Randall caught up with The Treatment’s Mitchel Emms after the first night of the current tour.  In this exclusive feature Mitch describes his own musical development against the background of a difficult music industry and the rising force that … Continue reading

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