FOREST FIELD Lonely Desert Rock Company [Release date 21.10.16]
Thankfully this time the band have an album cover more suited to their prog rock leanings than last year’s ‘Angels’ cover. The band is focused around Peter Cox who wrote all the music and played all the instruments, with Phil Vincent supplying the vocals.
It is a concept piece loosely based on the ‘Dune’ saga by Frank Herbert. The music is a mix of prog rock with a couple of more straight forward rockers like ‘Into The Light’. The slower numbers work really well like ‘Asleep’ and Peter Cox creates two wonderful instrumentals on here, ‘Coriolis’ and ‘To Bits’. I’d be interested to hear a full album of instrumentals from him.
With Phil Vincent at the mic stand and the talented Peter Cox involved this is another good album under the Forest Field banner. ***1/2
Review by Jason Ritchie
C.T.P. (CHRISTIAN TOLLE PROJECT) Now & Then
Fastball Music [Release date 07.10.16]
This is the fourth album from guitarist/songwriter/producer Christian Tolle and is released under the CTP name. There are plenty of name guest musicians from the worlds of melodic and hard rock including Toto’s Steve Lukather and session aces Tim Pierce and Michael Landau.
These project albums can often sound a little disjointed as they have have various writers and lots of vocal/musical styles. Luckily on this one all the music is composed by Christian and the lyrics come from Michael Voss (Silver/Mad Max/Casanova) and David Reece (Bonfire/Gypsy Rose) amongst others.
Highlights include John Parr guesting on ‘The Real Thing’, a classy piece of mid-tempo melodic rock and Philip Bardowell on ‘Changed’, which also features Steve Lukather on guitar. Current Praying Mantis vocalist John Cuijpersa adds some steel to the songs he sings on, most notably the bizarrely titled ‘Magic Pudding’.
Don’t miss this one if you enjoy good quality melodic rock. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
SCOTT & MARIA Never Give Up (indie)
CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)
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12:00-13:00 ROXY BLUE Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
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JAMES STEVENSON Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over (2013)
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