Monthly Archives: June 2016

Album review: VANNA – All Hell

VANNA - All Hell

Pure Noise Records [Release date: 08.07.16] Vanna are becoming one of the fastest growing bands in metalcore. With every new release the band amass even more followers and every new release the band step up their game musically, most notably … Continue reading

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Album review: ALLIGATOR RECORDS – 45th Anniversary Collection

ALLIGATOR RECORDS – 45th Anniversary Collection

Alligator [Release date 10.06.16] With a back catalogue of 300 albums and a roster that spans generations, Alligator Records has every right to make a claim to being the premier independent blues label of our time. The ‘Alligator 45th Anniversary … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BREAD OVER BOMBS, GONE DEAD TRAIN, THE MIRROR TRAP

Bread Over Bombs

BREAD OVER BOMBS www.breadoverbombs.org Interesting backstory to this band from Los Angeles in that they put the profits of the band’s music into providing food for food banks. They have to date provided over 10,000 meals for people via the … Continue reading

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Gig review: RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW – Genting Arena, Birmingham, 25 June 2016

RITCHIE BLACKMORE

For us rock fans of a certain age – perhaps from early forties to sixty-ish – Ritchie Blackmore sits in the pantheon of rock royalty. As guitarist and songwriter in both Deep Purple and his own band Rainbow, he pushed … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOE BONAMASSA – Cavern Club, Liverpool, 27 June 2016

The Best of 2016

Photo: David Munn I remember seeing Joe Bonamassa back in 2006 at the ‘Pacific Road’, a small venue in Birkenhead, England, and I recall thinking at the time, and I know it’s a cliche, but ‘greatness beckons here’. He absolutely … Continue reading

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Album review: PUNKY MEADOWS – Fallen Angel

Escape Music [Release date 20.05.16] I will admit from the start I have never really been a big fan of 70′s pomp rockers Angel. I have tried many times to get into their music as I love pomp rock, but … Continue reading

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Album review: PARIS- The World Outside

(Release Date 01.07.16) France is not best known as a hotbed of melodic rock, but singer/keyboardist Frederic Dechevanne and guitarist Sebastien Montet and their band named after the French capital represent one of the the best attempts yet from a … Continue reading

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Gig review: PANIC ROOM – The Citadel, St.Helens, 25 June 2016

PANIC ROOM - The Citadel, St.Helens, 25 June 2016

In this exclusive interview edit, David Randall chats to Anne-Marie Helder about the band and the PledgeMusic campaign (First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 15 May 2016) The full version of this interview is available via our Mixcloud … Continue reading

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Album review: APOCALYPTICA – Plays Metallica By Four Cellos (20th Anniversary Edition)

APOCALYPTICA - Plays Metallica By Four Cellos (20th Anniversary Edition)

Odyssey Music Network [Release date 22.07.16] Metallica played by a string quartet?  Keen-eared readers will know that this isn’t such a wayward proposition.  Back in 1999 Hetfield’s Heroes recorded a live album with the San Francisco Symphony demonstrating the tunes … Continue reading

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News: WIN tickets to RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW, Genting Arena, Birmingham – 25 June 2016

Ritchie Blackmore

One of the most influential and versatile guitarists, Ritchie Blackmore will take to the stage to celebrate the era-defining music of Rainbow and Deep Purple in a one-off UK Tour show on Saturday 25 June 2016 at the Genting Arena … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONE FREE FESTIVAL Day 2 – O2 Arena, London, 19 June 2016

Rick Wakeman - STONE FREE FESTIVAL Day 2 - O2 Arena, London, 19 June 2016

While the first day of the debut Stone Free festival had an eclectic mix of bands, the second was far more coherent with the theme of progressive rock both in the main arena and the Indigo.  Combined with an older … Continue reading

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Gig review: LUKE ELLIOT – Aces and Eights, London, 21 June 2016

LUKE ELLIOT – Aces and Eights, London, 21 June 2016

Small underground bar and an intimate atmosphere with subdued lighting, candles and gilt lined mirrors – bit like being in a Sherlock Holmes story. The upstairs is a pizza/bar fashioned on 1950′s rock ‘n’ roll era. All in all an … Continue reading

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EP Review: THE SPINS – Colours

THE SPINS - Colours

Plug & Play Recordings [Release date 25.06.16] A French/English/Estonian pop/rock group?  Whatever next? Based in France, but with members geographically separated, there’s no clue as just how much of an active ‘group’ they are, but the The Spins are a … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DANA IMMANUEL, EVE SELIS

DANA IMMANUEL & THE STOLEN BAND Come With Me

DANA IMMANUEL & THE STOLEN BAND Come With Me [Release date 05.08.16] A curious release, coming reasonably hot on the heels of banjo-toting, whiskey-drinking north London based singer-songwriter Dana Immanuel’s last album Dotted Lines which attracted a 4 star GRTR! … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONE FREE FESTIVAL Day 1 – 02 Arena, London, 18 June 2016

Alice Cooper - STONE FREE FESTIVAL DAY 1 - 02 Arena, London, 18 June 2016

Once upon a time, gigs took place indoors, or in football stadiums for the very largest acts, and festivals in a muddy field. While rock festival demographics have gradually got older, the havoc wreaked by the vagaries of the English … Continue reading

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Album review: EVELINE’S DUST – The Painkeeper

EVELINE

[Release date 11.03.16] Italian prog anyone? Inspired by the usual suspects – King Crimson, Genesis, et al, and current exponents like Steven Wilson, Eveline’s Dust – a four piece Pisa, Tuscany – have produced a rather fine follow up to … Continue reading

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News: UK dates for blues rockers JARED JAMES NICHOLS and MORELAND & ARBUCKLE (June 2016)

Blues/rockers Jared James Nichols and Moreland & Arbuckle are on tour in the UK in the coming week (19-28 June). Following his European tour with Zakk Wylde, Wisconsin-bred Jared James Nichols returns to the UK for a series of headlining … Continue reading

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Quick plays: deVIENCE, LOVE AND A .38

DeVience

deVIENCE – S/T Broken Road Records If you’ve been writing reviews for a while every now and then you stumble across a debut album that slips into your record collection and stays there for years, and the self-titled debut effort … Continue reading

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Album review: ZUCCHERO – Black Cat

ZUCCHERO - Black Cat

Polydor/Universal [Release date 29.04.16] Zucchero may not be that well known in the UK, although I remember his sterling version of Las Palabras de Amor’ at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert back in 1992. This album has already topped his … Continue reading

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Album review: SCORPION CHILD – Acid Roulette

SCORPION CHILD - Acid Roulette

Nuclear Blast [Release date 10.06.16] Save Save Second album by Scorpion Child, a five piece hailing from the US consisting of Aryn Jonathan Black (vocals), Christopher Jay Cowart (guitar), Jon “Charn” Rice (drums), Alec “Caballero” Padron (bass) and Aaron John … Continue reading

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