News: Albums of the Month (February-April 2017)

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Albums of the Month

February 2017

Black Star Riders

BLACK STAR RIDERS Heavy Fire (Nuclear Blast)

“The band have thrown off the shackles of the ‘used to be Thin Lizzy’ moniker and have solidly established themselves as a major player in their own right…” (Dave Wilson)

Thunder THUNDER Rip It Up (earMUSIC)

“…rocking hard, exploring melodic depth, lyrical substance and enveloping hooks. Thunder still have plenty in the tank and their enduring brand of Classic Rock has come round again.” (Pete Feenstra)

Pride Of Lions

PRIDE OF LIONS Fearless (Frontiers)

“…if, like me, you still hanker after old-fashioned values of good melodic arrangements and lovingly crafted songs, it’s an album to return to again and again.” (Andy Nathan)

Marcus Malone MARCUS MALONE A Better Man (Redline Music)

“He’s a peerless vocalist and a hugely impressive songwriter and also has the Midas touch as a producer … ‘A Better Man’ is an early year highlight and an essential purchase for all rock/blues fans.”
(Pete Feenstra)

Wille And The Bandits WILLE AND THE BANDITS Steal (Jigsaw)

“..an album that feels organic and unrestrained. No over indulgence and no unnecessary frills, just great songs delivered from the soul. There’s just not enough of that these days. Too much form over substance. But there’s substance in abundance here.” (Pete Whalley)

March 2017

Steve Hackett

STEVE HACKETT The Night Siren (Inside Out)

“Hackett’s latest musical offering … is an eleven track album which has been created with these very principles in mind; a continuous need to indulge in new themes and sounds and an amazing compositional skill in blending those ideas in a style of playing that is so very characteristically his.”
(Yiannis Stefanis)

Ash Wilson ASH WILSON Broken Machine (Wilson Brothers Music)

“The blues course through the veins of this album, and there’s not only some hugely impressive playing, but a ‘feel good’ factor that’s not easy to capture. If the blues ticks any of your boxes, then Broken Machine is well worth exploring.” (Pete Whalley)

Erja Lyytinen

ERJA LYYTINEN Stolen Hearts (Tuohi)

“‘Stolen Hearts’ is a lovingly crafted album, with enough musical and lyrical depth, as well as salient hooks to withstand extended scrutiny and satisfy its potential crossover market. Unreservedly recommended.” (Pete Feenstra)

Tokyo Motor Fist TOKYO MOTOR FIST (Frontiers)

“…I can easily see this appearing in the 2017 best ofs. It may tread a well worn path but when it’s this good, who cares? ” (Andy Nathan)

Firewind FIREWIND Immortals (AFM Records)

“Immortals’ sees a return to a more formulaic power metal approach which shouldn’t come as a surprise although some might argue it’s a retrograde step and plays more to their core fanbase.” (David Randall)

April 2017

Lonely Robot

THE LONELY ROBOT The Big Dream (Inside Out)

“The whole album holds together perfectly and yes it is another album I am sure that will make my year end top ten albums with ease. Fascinating to see where the next and final musical instalment of the Astronaut ends up, until then we have this album to savour and enjoy.” (Jason Ritchie)

Eclipse ECLIPSE Monumentum (Frontiers)

“Eclipse have if anything raised the bar even higher from their previous trio of top class albums. If there is any justice, this album will help them break out of their relatively small, cult market and give them the ‘big mo’ implied by its title.” (Andy Nathan)

Magenta

MAGENTA We Are Legend (Tiger Moth)

“…while Rob Reed may have a bigger paint box at his disposal, he’s still painting by the same numbers…It turns out We Are Legend isn’t so much ‘something different’ as a turning back of the clock to 2004 – 2006 when they produced their best albums – Seven, and Home.” (Pete Whalley)

As Lions AS LIONS Selfish Age (Better Noise)

“…This has to be one of the strongest debut albums of 2017 and if the band can build on its greatness, no doubt greater things will surely follow.”
(David Randall)

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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



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