Quick plays: D’ERCOLE, JIM JIDHED, BEACHEADS

D'ERCOLE - No Place Like Home

D’ERCOLE No Place Like Home

This is the fourth album from melodic hard rock band D’Ercole and they have released it themselves having left Z Records. The album features Phil Vincent as the main songwriter and producer (does this man never sleep?!), with Damian D’Ercole on guitars and they are joined by bassist Arnold Williams and drummer B.F. D’Ercole.

The sound is a little heavier than on the previous album and they have a sixteen minute track in the shape of ‘Epic Failure’, which being honest does overstay its welcome a tad. Elsewhere though the hard rocking ‘Talk To Me’ and the album’s ballad ‘Dreamer’ make this a decent album of melodic rock, well worth a listen. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

JIM JIDHED - Push On Through

JIM JIDHED Push On Through
AOR Heaven [Release date 27.01.17]

This the fifth solo outing from Jim Jidhed, lead singer with Alien. He is joined by fellow Alien band member bassist Ken Sandin and guitarists Michael Palace (who’s own band Palace debuted on Frontiers last year) and Philip Lindstrand.

It is a very laid back affair for much of the album (even the more rock orientated songs are not that heavy) with Jim playing to his strengths vocally on the ballads and slower numbers. Best moments include the reflective ’It Is What It Is’, ‘If We Call It Love’ where the guitars make themselves known and the Toto refrains on ‘Next In Line’.

Fans of Alien and his previous solo work will lap this one up. Being honest I can’t see this winning over many new fans as it is listenable, but not an album you’d return to often. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

Beacheads

BEACHEADS S/T
Fysisk Format [Release date 03.02.17]

Beacheads feature members of Norwegian band Kvelertak and this, their debut release, is an upbeat set of songs tipping their hat to 90′s Brit pop and back a little further to early XTC and the Undertones,

Each song features a jaunty guitar riff and covers many subjects, including a loved one on ‘Despair’, where the lyric is totally at odds with the melody yet it works well. ‘Your Highness’ is already up on YouTube and is a good summary of the music contained on the rest of the album.

If 90′s influenced indie pop rock floats your boat then make sure you weigh anchor in the Beacheads musical harbour. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie


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In this show, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 2 February 2020, David Randall plays a selection of tracks from some of the artists who impressed at this year’s Giants Of Rock event in Minehead (24-27 January).

Featured Albums w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 NEWMAN Ignition (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 BLACK SWAN Shake The World (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 CORMAC O CAOIMH Swim Crawl Walk Run (indie)

Power Plays w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)

SHAKRA Turn The Light On (AFM Records)
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Transmissions (Nuclear Blast)
RYDERS CREED Lost Soul (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)
FRAMING HANLEY Puzzle Pieces (Thermal Entertainment LLC)
ROBERT HART Mysterious (Escape Music)



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