News: Albums of the Month (September 2017 – November 2017)

The Best of 2017

Albums of the Month

September 2017



“…a set of tunes that rock up, for my money, a significant cut above ‘Afterglow’ and stand shoulder to shoulder with anything on the band’s first two albums…This is cast iron classic hard rock. Beautifully conceived and expertly delivered.” (Dave Atkinson)

GUN Favourite Pleasures
GUN Favourite Pleasures (Cloburn Music)
“This is the best Gun album in a long time and easily stands up with the likes of ‘Taking On The World’ and ‘Swagger’. Give it a listen and it could quickly become one of your Favourite Pleasures as well.” (Dave Wilson)

H.E.A.T. Into The Great Unknown

H.E.A.T. Into The Great Unknown (earMUSIC)
“.sees them boldly branching out into some new directions while maintaining their strengths of youthful freshness and memorable hooks and choruses.” (Andy Nathan)

DEVILFIRE Dark Manoeuvres
DEVILFIRE Dark Manoeuvres (Escape The Fire Records)
“Straddled somewhere between Magnum’s melodic rock sensitivities and the darker, dirtier band which Europe (thankfully) became…there’s enough quality here to suggest that Devilfire has arrived with a belting debut and will be putting the Brummy boot in for years to come” (Mark Shaw)

KING KING Exile & Grace
KING KING Exile & Grace(Manhaton)
“..a hard rocking band with a bluesy heart and an armoury of riffs powerful enough to help project them on to the next level” (Pete Feenstra)

October 2017

SHADOWQUEEN Living Madness
SHADOWQUEEN Living Madness (indie)
“Robbi’s looks and larynx may evoke P!NK but the overall appeal will be to lovers of Halestorm and Paramore but with a striking consistency that sometimes eludes more familiar names.” (David Randall)

SAVOY BROWN Witchy Feelin'

SAVOY BROWN Witchy Feelin’ (Ruf Records)
“Kim Simmonds delicate touch, heartfelt vocals and a true feeling for the blues … continues to craft with a spirit and joy de vivre that leavesmany of his contemporaries in the shade .” (Pete Feenstra)

APPICE Sinister
APPICE Sinister (SPV)
“…together they represent one helluva legacy in the drum department of rock…This is a great debut and you can’t help thinking … bring on a live gig, given the twin legacy that is almost an A-Z of heavy rock (David Randall)

THRESHOLD Legends Of The Shires
THRESHOLD Legends Of The Shires (Nuclear Blast)
“..Lots to digest and enjoy musically…an album you will keep coming back to again and again ” (Jason Ritchie)

November 2017

Von Hertzen Brothers

VON HERTZEN BROTHERS War Is Over (Music Theories/Mascot)
“…a formidable album that demands to be listened to. It’s a brave, noble,ambitious work with real depth. The songs have substance, the music is epic, thelyrics are unashamedly idealistic and the band plays with gusto and technical brilliance…” (Pete Feenstra)


Popa Chubby

“meaningful songs with subtle arrangements that perfectly balance a vintage soul influence with cutting edge contemporary rocking blues.” (Pete Feenstra)

Downes Braide Association


(Magical Think Tank Records)
“Pop, prog and rock melded together in one wonderful album. Don’t let this album become a ‘lost classic’ – enjoy it now!” (Jason Ritchie)



STRAWBS The Ferryman’s Curse (Esoteric)
“In any listening we should cut this band of essentially septuagenarians some slack. They seem re-energised, especially by Bainbridge’s input, and the consistency of this album is impressive.” (David Randall)

Supersonic Blues Machine

SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE Californisoul (Provogue)
“….nicely nails the enduring appeal of rock-blues in Europe and the nouveau soul movement in the States…I can think of very few other contemporary albums with the personnel, the songs and the chops to realize such adventurous ambition.” (Pete Feenstra)

Albums of the Month (February – April 2017)
Albums of the Month (May – August 2017)

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Featured Albums w/c 6 July (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 MANDOKI SOULMATES Living In The Gap (Red Rock Production/Cleopatra)
12:00-13:00 MAGNUS KARLSSON’S FREE FALL – We Are The Night (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN REEL The Nashville Calling (B.Reel Records)

Power Plays w/c 6 July (Mon-Fri)

ZENITH MOON Gypsy (Golden Robot Records)
RARITY Leave It Alone (New Damage Records)
THE RISING I Want You (indie)
MANDOKI SOULMATES Young Rebels (Red Rock Production/Cleopatra)
LA GUNS Well Oiled Machine (Golden Robot Records)

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