News: Albums of the Month (May-August 2017)

The Best of 2017

Albums of the Month

May 2017

Coco Montoya

COCO MONTOYA Hard Truth (Ruf Records)

“It’s rare for an artist in the middle of his career to push himself up to another level, but ‘Hard Truth’ does precisely that … an album that will surely be contender for one of the best blues-rock releases of the year.” (Pete Feenstra)

Big Wolf Band BIG WOLF BAND A Rebel’s Story(Big Wolf Band)

“There’s barely a dull moment here … a quality blues-rock album that will surely cement Big Wolf Band in the vanguard of the current blues-rock scene.” (Pete Feenstra)


DRAGONFORCE Reaching Into Infinity()

“Dragonforce continue to go from strength to strength and with the heavier thrash tracks creeping in they are sounding better than ever.” (Dave Wilson)

Todd Rundgren TODD RUNDGREN White Knight (Cleopatra)

“It may be the most focused, and certainly the most tuneful, Todd album for a decade…” (David Randall)

Big Big Train BIG BIG TRAIN Grimspound (English Electric Recordings)

“…simply wonderful to listen to and immerse yourself in.” (Jason Ritchie)

June 2017

Robin Trower

ROBIN TROWER Time And Emotion (Manhaton)

“His delicate touch and judicious use of tone, as well as his latter career world-weary vocals, stand out as a testament to his art…a coherent musical journey that demands patience, focus and – unsurprisingly – space and time” (Pete Feenstra)

Thea Gilmore THEA GILMORE The Counterweight (Cooking Vinyl)

“…by anybody else this would be hailed as one of the finest albums of the new millennium, so why not because it’s by Thea Gilmore?…Simply breathtaking” (Alan Jones)

Orden Ogan

ORDEN OGAN Gunmen (AFM Records)

“…featuring the band’s trademark choral backing vocals and some serious riffing…one that will please old and new fans alike. (Jason Ritchie)

Voodoo Six VOODOO SIX Make Way For The King (Cadiz Music)

“When mixed with a strong tipple or three the combination – especially live – could be rather wonderful. But, wait, we are told that we might lose a few more brain cells in the process? Fuck dementia, and enjoy.” (David Randall)

The Magpie Salute THE MAGPIE SALUTE s/t ()

“…I can only imagine what quality will flow when they get around to writing original songs. A Tour de Force indeed…” (Mark Shaw)

July 2017


Blackwater Conspiracy

BLACKWATER CONSPIRACY Shootin’ The Breeze (Bulletproof 20/20)

“They … know the value of contrast; when to lock into a groove, when to conversely hang back and let the melody percolate and when to rack up the intensity and rock.” (Pete Feenstra)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD Lay It On Down(Provogue)

“There’s no room for complacency, cliché or recycled riffs as the essential meeting of polished songs and a seasoned road band pushes Kenny to new artistic heights.” (Pete Feenstra)

The Spiritual Machines

THE SPIRITUAL MACHINES Awake, Alert, Alive, almost (Would Work Sound)

“… stirring orchestration, massed choirs, and an excellent … vocal… This is a truly energising and provocative album. Seek it out” (David Randall)

Cats In Space CATS IN SPACE Scarecrow (Harmony Factory Records)

“Cats In Space have succeeded in taking their love of 70′s music and adding a modern shine to it all, purrfect…” (Jason Ritchie)

The Tangent THE TANGENT The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery (Inside Out)

“..sit back, close your eyes and allow Andy Tillison to take you on the most wonderful of musical journeys available so far this year – you will not regret it…” (Yiannis Stefanis)

Albums of the Month (February-April 2017)

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