Yearly Archives: 2018

Quick plays: BEN DE LA COUR, SAM LEWIS

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange Flour Sack Cape Records [Release date 06.04.18] Having trodden a path from NYC to Europe, and then back to LA, to New Orleans and now (yes, somewhat predictably it would … Continue reading

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Album review: NORTHWARD – s/t

NORTHWARD

Nuclear Blast [Release date 18.10.18] The cover art image of the two main protagonists here – Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen, and Pagan’s Mind guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad – photoshopped head to head, jaws agape and bawling at each other, offers … Continue reading

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Album review: LUNA ROSSA – Atropa

LUNA ROSSA - Atropa

Firefly Music [Release date 19.11.18] Three albums in, and the latest chapter in Panic Room acoustic side project of Jonathan Edwards (keyboards) and Anne-Marie Helder (vocals, acoustic guitar, and flute) finds them at a crossroads. The main stay of both … Continue reading

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Album review: BETH HART – Live At The Royal Albert Hall

BETH HART – Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Provogue  [Release date: 30.11.18] The double set ‘Live At The Albert Hall’ squares the circle of Beth Hart’s roller coaster career. The former wild child and rock chick has matured into a stellar performer who delivers a career defining live … Continue reading

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Album review: GINGER WILDHEART – G.A.S.S Mark 2

GINGER WILDHEART - G.A.S.S Mark 2

Round Records [ Release Date 20.09.18] The approach with every Ginger Wildheart album is ‘expect the unexpected’. Ginger is not one for sticking to a particular genre or style on his albums and this release is no different, only Devin Townsend can touch Ginger in the … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – Vinyl Singles Collection (1990 – 1999)

STATUS QUO – Vinyl Singles Collection (1990 – 1999)

UMC/Mercury [Release date 30.11.18] This is the foutth vinyl singles collection release from the Quo back catalogue each covering a different decade with all 7 inch singles lovingly recreated and packaged as a collector’s box set. When thinking of Status Quo’s output throughout their career perhaps the … Continue reading

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Album review: ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN – Symphonized

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN – Symphonized

Inside Out [Release date 16.11.18] In the summer of 1992 a good friend came to mine for a visit carrying with him “Always…”, the debut release of an atmospheric Death Metal outfit named The Gathering. My attraction to the work … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC CLAPTON AND THE YARDBIRDS Feat.SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

 ERIC CLAPTON AND THE YARDBIRDS Feat.SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

The Store For Music  [Release date: 09.11.18] And so to the endlessly recycled ‘Eric Clapton And The Yardbirds with Sonny Boy Williams’ (Williamson) and a few tracks from Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. This material will always hold some interest … Continue reading

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Album review: HOLTER – Vlad The Impaler

Frontiers [Release date 09.11.18] Born as a one-off musical extravaganza by Trond Holter (ex-Wig Wam) and singer Jorn Lande, the ‘Swing Of Death’ album met with favourable reviews (fellow GRTR! reviewer Phil Berisford rated it an impressive ****1/2). So much so … Continue reading

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Album review: BERNIE TORME – Shadowland

BERNIE TORME - Shadowland

Pledge Music [Release date 16.11.18] Bernie Torme released the enjoyable triple album ‘Dublin Cowboy’ last year and he’s back with another Pledge Music funded album, ’Shadowland’ – this time a mere double! Joining him are the rhythm section of Sy Morton (bass) … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TANGENT – Proxy

THE TANGENT – Proxy

Inside Out [Release date 16.11.18] Since I was first introduced to the music of The Tangent via “COMM” back in 2011, Andy Tillson and his Progressive Rock ensemble have released five studio albums, so calling them prolific would be nothing … Continue reading

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Album review: LETHBRIDGE OWEN – Mind Over Matter

LETHBRIDGE OWEN – Mind Over Matter

Self Release [Release date: digital 23.11.18 and CD 07.12.18] Lethbridge Owen are about to make significant splash. The musical pairing of vocalist /guitarist/songwriter Kelly Lethbridge and guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Jimmy Owen may sound like an estate agent, but they are in fact … Continue reading

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Album review: MARIANNE FAITHFULL – Negative Capability

MARIANNE FAITHFULL – Negative Capability

BMG [Release date 02.11.18] With a recording career spanning over fifty years ‘Negative Capability’ is Marianne Faithfull’s twenty-first album. Battling arthritis, contemplating bereavement and dealing with loneliness, it’s a highly autobiographical and emotive offering from Faithfull. “It’s the most honest … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAN REED NETWORK – Live Rooms, Chester, 17 November 2018

DAN REED NETWORK - Live Rooms, Chester, 17 November 2018

This archive interview from April 2009 catches Dan Reed at the start of his more recent musical journey when the idea of reforming Dan Reed Network seemed less likely… (20:46) Get Ready to ROCK! Radio celebrated its 10th anniversary this … Continue reading

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Gig review: RIVERSIDE – De Casino, Sint Niklaas, 11 November 2018

RIVERSIDE – De Casino, Sint Niklaas – 11th November 2018

The first time I attended a Riverside gig was back in April 2014 and those of you who read my review of the said show will remember that the overall experience involved a very long drive from London to Liverpool, … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE KILBEY – Sydney Rococo

STEVE KILBEY - Sydney Rococo

Golden Robot Records [Release date: 23.11.18] Has anyone else noticed a trend lately to drench perfectly good music in an avalanche of overly high-in-the-mix orchestration? I don’t know why so many top artists are doing this – is it an … Continue reading

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Album review: 41POINT9 – Mr. Astute Trousers

41POINT9 - Mr. Astute Trousers

The Highlander Company Records (19.10.18) 41point9 is a fascinating mix of prog and pop from a couple of guys who evidently don’t feel constrained by genre.  Bassist Bob Madsen and vocalist Brian Cline first collaborated in 1995 but it was … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE WILLOWS, ME AND MY FRIENDS, JEROME MAZZA

THE WILLOWS Through the Wild [Release date 30.11.18] ‘Through the Wild’ is the third album from the Cambridge folk band the Willows, who have picked up praise from the likes of Bob Harris and Mike Harding. Listening to this album … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOHN FOGERTY AND STEVE MILLER BAND – 02 Arena, London, 25 October 2018

JOHN FOGERTY - 02 Arena London, 25 October 2018

Bluesfest has become a fixture in the gig calendar with its October concerts over successive nights in the different venues in the 02 complex. The definition of blues has been elastic to say the least- with Chic, Steely Dan and … Continue reading

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Gig review: POWERWOLF – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, 28 October 2018

POWERWOLF – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, 28 October 2018

It is immensely gratifying to have a band, whose career you have been closely following since day one, reach such great levels of success – case in point here being the German Heavy/Power Metallers Powerwolf. Not many people were supportive … Continue reading

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