Yearly Archives: 2018

Album review: THE STEEL WOODS – Old News

Thirty Tigers [Release date 18.01.19] The Steel Woods released their debut album ‘Straw In The Wind’ in 2017. ‘Old News’ (for that retro feel it is also released as a double vinyl) sees the band’s main songwriters Wes Bayliss (vocals, … Continue reading

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Album review: DEVIL’S HAND featuring SLAMER/FREEMAN – s/t

Frontiers Music [Release date: 07.12.18] Mike Slamer has been a respected rock session musician, writer and producer for decades, although his profile is still relatively low. He is perhaps best known for forming bands with Kansas members, firstly Steve Walsh … Continue reading

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Album review: SOEN – Lotus

Silver Lining Music [Release date 01.02.19] Swedish based progressive metal band Soen were formed in the mid 00′s, and are an extreme metal supergroup of sorts, with their founder members having a collective CV of Opeth, Testament, Death, Willowtree and … Continue reading

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Gig review: URIAH HEEP – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 14 December 2018

URIAH HEEP - Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 14 December 2018

Classic Rock doesn’t get much more classic than this, with Uriah Heep promoting their latest opus Living The Dream and this London show, given the amount of friends and family present, a bit like a homecoming. With two support bands, the doors opened at … Continue reading

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Gig review: DEF LEPPARD – Wembley Arena, London, 8 December 2018

In the Def Leppard career chronicles, 1987’s ‘Hysteria’ will always loom large. Although its predecessor ‘Pyromania’ was a 10 million selling phenomenon in the USA and opened a lot of doors for similar bands, ‘Hysteria’ was on a different scale level altogether. Four years in the crafting, the album fused a hard rock image with the crafted sensibilities … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGIC DANCE – New Eyes

Frontiers Music [release date: 07.12.18] Prime driver for this melodic rock/AOR outfit is Jon Siejka who created Magic Dance as a solo project in 2012. ‘New Eyes’ follows an earlier album ‘Vanishings’ and is the first output since the band … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGNUM – Live At The Symphony Hall

MAGNUM - Live At The Symphony Hall

SPV [Release date 18.01.19] Magnum started 2018 in shaky form when we saw them at Giants Of Rock.  With great expectations that we’d hear a smidgeon of the new album, they appeared for a few songs and disappeared due to … Continue reading

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News: A Year in ROCK! 2018 – photographed and reviewed by Get Ready to ROCK!

Bearded Theory - Blossoms

Each year during the festive period Get Ready to ROCK! publishes a selection of photographs reflecting their gig reviews during the previous twelve months. Says Reviews Editor Jason Ritchie: “Once again the review team have shown their eclectic tastes with … Continue reading

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Album review: TIM MORSE – Tim Morse III

TIM MORSE III

Cymbalick Music [Release date 5.10.18] As you might guess from the title, this is the third solo album from Tim Morse, a keyboard /guitarist from California. My initial reaction on hearing the opening refrains of ‘Wake Up’, was ‘Yes’.  And … Continue reading

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Album review: PHENOMENA – reissues

PHENOMENA

Explore Rights Management Ltd [Release date 09.11.18] www.phenomenaproject.co.uk Phenomena was a concept developed by Tom Galley with brother Mel who had featured in Whitesnake and had previously worked with Glenn Hughes in Trapeze..  It brought together various rock alumni including … Continue reading

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Album review: MASSIVE WAGONS – Full Nelson

MASSIVE WAGONS – Full Nelson

Earache Records [Release date 10.08.18] Massive Wagons must be one of the hardest working bands in the UK. Over the last few years they have toured incessantly up and down the country and have gradually built a huge following which is … Continue reading

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Album review: ALCATRAZZ – Live In Japan

ALCATRAZZ – Live In Japan

Frontiers Records [Release date 28.09.18] This live album captures Alcatrazz on their 1984 Japanese tour at the Nankano Sun Plaza in Tokyo. This is the recently discovered full version of the show which has been remastered and features a set … Continue reading

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Album review: NORDIC UNION- Second Coming

Release Date 9.11.18 Erik Martensson has maintained a work rate in 2018 that would put the Stalinist-era miner Stakhanov to shame.  His own band Eclipse had a quieter year but on top of his significant participation in the W.E.T. and … Continue reading

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Album review: TEN- Illuminati

Release Date 9.11.18 Ten were standard bearers of the then underground melodic rock scene in the nineties and have recovered after a lean spell to resume a prolific recording schedule- this being their sixth album in this decade alone. Singer … Continue reading

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Album review: ACE – Five-a-Side/Time For Another/No Strings

ACE - Five-a-Side/Time For Another/No Strings

BGO Records [Release Date 12.10.18] In most people’s eyes, Ace are a curiosity remembered only for an admittedly classic transatlantic hit single in ‘How Long’ and for giving a first break to one of the UK’s most respected blue eyed … Continue reading

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Album review: ROADHOUSE – 25 Years And Counting

Roadhouse - 25 years And Counting

Self release [Release date 04.01.19] There can be few independently run bands that have made it to their 25th anniversary with consistently good new material, but Roadhouse is no ordinary band. Originally a roots-rock and Americana outfit with Southern rock … Continue reading

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News: Heavy rockers MASSIVE WAGONS, IRON MAIDEN and THOSE DAMN CROWS named in popular poll (December 2018)

Massive Wagons

On 16 December, David Randall presented a two hour special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio reflecting the reviewer and popular choices for “Best of 2018″ Readers and listeners have had their say in the annual ‘Best of 2018′ popular … Continue reading

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Album review: SALVA – Off The Deep End

SALVA - Off The Deep End

White Knight Records [Release date 26.10.18] Not another band pillaging the vaults of pioneer classic rock acts such as Genesis Yes, Genesis, Tull, Floyd, Sabbath, Purple and the like? Yes, Swedish proggers Salva, are back with their ‘own’ brand of … Continue reading

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Album review: HELEN ROSE – Trouble Holding Back

HELEN ROSE - Trouble Holding Back

Monkey Room Music [Release date 21.01.19] I’m not sure what I was expecting from this sax toting singer songwriter debut produced by Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice bassist and a founder member).  Perhaps, a cross between Maria McKee and Rindy Ross … Continue reading

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Album review: THE C SIDES PROJECT – 10 Days

THE C SIDES PROJECT - 10 Days

White Knight Records [Release date 26.10.18] Fellow reviewer Alan Jones gave ‘both barrels’ to South Wales proggers C Sides last release  – We Are Now (2017) – suggesting that the band, featuring ex Magenta members guitarist Martin Rosser and drummer … Continue reading

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