Monthly Archives: October 2016

Album review: 25 YARD SCREAMER – Keep Sending Signals

25 YARD SCREAMER - Keep Sending Signals

White Knight [Release date 07.10.16] We first came across 25YS in 2007 when they released their ‘classic’ second album ‘Cassandra’.  This gained many plaudits and a highlight of the year for the band was an appearance on the GRTR! Rising … Continue reading

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News: SIMON KIRKE talks Bad Company, Free and a new solo album (Interview – 30 October 2016)

Simon Kirke - Bad Company

Photo: Steve Goudie Bad Company, and one-time Free, drummer Simon Kirke releases a solo album ‘All Because Of You’ in early 2017.  Simon describes it as a collection of 11 songs from all periods of his life. He’s just completed … Continue reading

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News: VOODOO VEGAS new album and radio feature (30 October 2016)

Voodoo Vegas - Freak Show Candy Floss

In this special feature, Voodoo Vegas frontman Lawrence Case introduces several tracks from the album ‘Freak Show Candy Floss’. (First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 30 October 2016 as part of ‘New to GRTR!’) Bournemouth-based Voodoo Vegas … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE SILENT RAGE, SNAKE EYE

THE SILENT RAGE The Deadliest Scourge Alone Records The Silent Rage hail from Greece (and not to be confused with the melodic rockers Silent Rage) and consist Nikos Siglidis (guitar/vocals), Vocals Steve Venardo (lead/growling vocals), Stavros Tsilivarakos (bass), Stamatis Katsafados … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC JOHNSON – EJ: Song Explorations on Acoustic and Piano

Eric Johnson - EJ

Provogue [Release date 07.10.16] ‘EJ’ is a stripped down celebration of simplicity and feel, bolstered by Eric Johnson’s dazzling technical ability on original material and some imaginative arranged covers. Austin guitarist Eric Johnson pushes himself into new musical avenues by … Continue reading

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Album review: GLENN HUGHES – Resonate

GLENN HUGHES – Resonate

Frontiers Music Srl [Release date 04.11.16] To say that ‘Resonate’ lives up to its name is to understate Glenn Hughes’ pivotal role in hard rock related music. Both his music and his stage performance has always been about the twin pillars … Continue reading

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News: GLENN HUGHES – New album and radio interview (October 2016)

Glenn Hughes

GRTR!’s David Randall caught up with Glenn recently to chat about the album and his music, playing tracks from ‘Resonate’ and other career highlights.  This special feature was first broadcast on Sunday 30 October at 22:00 GMT in the first … Continue reading

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Gig review: BAD COMPANY/Richie Sambora – Manchester Arena, 24 October 2016

The Best of 2016 - Live Act

GRTR!’s David Randall caught up with Simon Kirke on the last day of the UK tour.  They chatted about Bad Company, Free and Simon’s solo work including his forthcoming album to be released in early-2017. Photo: David Randall With doors … Continue reading

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Album review: FREEDOM CALL – Master Of Light

Steamhammer/SPV [Release date 18.11.16] Freedom Call are back with an all new studio album – last year’s ’666 Weeks Beyond Eternity’ was a re-issue of their ‘Eternity’ album with extra live tracks and one new song. I was thinking after … Continue reading

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Album review: BONEYARD DOG – Bluesbound Train

AOR Heaven [Release date 25.11.16] Boneyard Dog maybe a new band but they have an impressive pedigree (no more dog puns honest!), in that the core duo of singer Rob Mancini (Hotwire/Crush) and guitarist Davy Kerrigan, are joined by drummer … Continue reading

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EP review: SEVEN KINGDOMS – In The Walls

Band Facebook page There are so many reasons why it makes me happy to no end that I am a fan of so many great local bands (many of which I also call great friends.) Not only do I have … Continue reading

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Album review: TESTAMENT – Brotherhood Of The Snake

Nuclear Blast [Release date 28.10.16] How many bands with let’s say a 20-30 year lifespan can you name that have consistently released excellent albums from album #1 to <insert latest>? It’s not as easy as it seems. Most bands with … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKTHORNE – Afterlife/Don’t Kill The Thrill (Graham Bonnet, Bob Kulick)

BLACKTHORNE - Afterlife

Hear No Evil [Release date 02.09.16] Cherry Red have embarked on a fairly extensive trawl through Graham Bonnet’s back pages, ahead of some UK dates and a generally higher profile.  We’ve reviewed some of his solo material which is frequently … Continue reading

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Album review: RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW – Memories In Rock – Live In Germany

RITCHIE BLACKMORE

Eagle Records [Release date 18.11.16] If Ritchie Blackmore’s arena comeback this summer is a one-off, an estimated 60,000 fans will have been left happy men (or women).  Even better now they have a 2-CD souvenir, plus DVD and Bluray versions. … Continue reading

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Gig review: NICKELBACK – SSE Wembley Arena, 17 October 2016

NICKELBACK - SSE Wembley Arena, 17 October 2016

Few bands have experienced the vitriol that has attached itself to Nickelback over the years, to the extent that the phenomenon was even the subject of academic theses. Yet the fact that, 15 years after they first stormed the charts … Continue reading

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Album review: JONAS LINDBERG & THE OTHER SIDE – Pathfinder

JONAS LINDBERG & THE OTHER SIDE - Pathfinder

ModeMusic – [Release date: 15.09.16] Whenever I read the accompanying press handout on a new release and see the words “we wanted to explore our heavier side” – I always approach it with a modicum of trepidation, fearing that a … Continue reading

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Album review: RED BUTLER – Nothing To Lose

The Best of 2016 - Breakthrough Act

Red Butler Original [Release date 11.11.16] From the sudden explosive opening burst of ‘Got To Make It’, Red Butler confidently announce that they have moved on a quantum jump from their ‘Freedom Bound’ debut album. ‘Nothing To Lose’ lights a … Continue reading

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Quick plays: WHITE WIDDOW, ARENA

WHITE WIDDOW Silhouette

WHITE WIDDOW Silhouette AOR Heaven [Release date 28.10.16] White Widdow return with album number four and they carry on where their last album, ‘Crossfire’, left off, with lots of catchy and hook filled AOR tunes – ‘Stranded’ and ‘Smile For … Continue reading

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Album review: DEMON – Cemetery Junction

DEMON - Cemetery Junction

Spaced Out Music [Release date 28.10.16] Since their last album, 2012′s ‘Unbroken’, Demon have had one line-up change with Karl Waye joining on keyboards replacing Paul Farrington. His is a significant one as this album harks back more the keyboard … Continue reading

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Album review: DATURA4 – Hairy Mountain

DATURA4 – Hairy Mountain

[Release date 28.10.16] How far is it from the west coast of Australia to the west coast of the USA ? Turns out that, musically, it’s about a five minute trip in a space-buggy powered by stardust and riff-diesel. Fremantle’s … Continue reading

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