Monthly Archives: April 2018

Gig review: JESUS JONES – Sub 89, Reading, 29 April 2018

A decent turn out for a Sunday night to see Jesus Jones who have been playing a few UK dates in support of their excellent new album ‘Passages’. First up were three piece Beautiful Mechanica who mixed synths/programming with a … Continue reading

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Album review: CREMATORY – Oblivion

CREMATORY – Oblivion

Steamhammer/SPV [Release date: 13.04.18] ‘Oblivion’ is the 14th studio release from German gothic-metallists, Crematory. A number of key line-up changes over the last couple of years don’t seem to have freshened up the sound much and the album more or … Continue reading

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Album review: ANDY SUSEMIHL – Elevation

ANDY SUSEMIHL - Elevation

On Sunday 20 May, in the first hour of his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, David Randall chatted to Andy Susemihl and played tracks from the new album ‘Elevation’ SM Noise Records [Release date 05.02.18] Andy who?  … Continue reading

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Gig review: ESP 2.0 – Half Moon, Putney, London, 17 April 2018

ESP 2.0 – Half Moon, Putney, London, 17 April 2018

My first trip to the Half Moon for a good few years and although the pub at the front had had a sharp makeover, it was good to see that the venue through the swing doors had not changed at … Continue reading

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Single & EP reviews: THE JADE ASSEMBLY, THE ELATION

THE JADE ASSEMBLY Nothing Changes

THE JADE ASSEMBLY Nothing Changes [Release date 04.05.18] The Jade Assembly are a four piece hailing from Bolton consisting of John Foster (vocals & guitar), Gareth Smedley (lead guitar), Andy Watson (drums)  and Danny Hayes (bass). They have been creating … Continue reading

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Album review: TONY BUTLER – My Time

TONY BUTLER - My Time

Phoenix Rising Records [Release date 01.06.18] Former Big Country bassist Tony Butler Big Country started working on this album when he left Big Country in 2012. He is managed by former Big Country manager Ian Grant and the band’s drummer Mark … Continue reading

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Gig review: G3 2018 – JOE SATRIANI, JOHN PETRUCCI, ULI JON ROTH – Manchester Apollo, 27 April 2018

G3 2018 - JOE SATRIANI, JOHN PETRUCCI, ULI JON ROTH - Manchester Apollo, 27 April 2018

There was a moment in this latest iteration of the global guitar circus that it all fell into place. Two-and-a-half hours in, during a stellar version of ‘Super Funky Badass’ Joe Satriani underlined why we worship our guitar heroes. The … Continue reading

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Album review: STONELAKE – Thunder And Rain

STONELAKE - Thunder And Rain

  MelodicRock Records [Release date 20.04.18] This is album number seven from StoneLake, who return with their first album in five years and the band’s first for MelodicRock Records. The band features founder members Jan Akesson (S.A.Y./Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain) … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (January 2018 – March 2018)

The Temperance Movement

    THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT A Deeper Cut(Earache) “In a world of abundance of everything, The Temperance Movement shine like a beacon and stand head and shoulders above the crowd for their sheer creative genius and their intense, high energy … Continue reading

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Album review: TED & MAJELLA – Better Together (Ted Turner, ex-Wishbone Ash)

TED & MAJELLA - Better Together

David Randall chatted to Ted Turner about the album for his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. (24:41)  The full interview is repeated on Friday 11 May at 22:00 GMT. Turneround Music [Release date 06.04.18] Since 1974, when … Continue reading

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Gig review: PAT MCMANUS BAND – Half Moon, Putney, London, 18 April 2018

PAT MCMANUS BAND - Half Moon, Putney, London, 18 April 2018

One of the most welcome developments of recent years has been the return of Pat McManus to the rock environment. The brothers in Mama’s Boys were one of the great bands that nearly made it big before drummer Tommy’s sad … Continue reading

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Album review: WISHBONE ASH – Two Barrels Burning/Raw To The Bone (reissues)

WISHBONE ASH - Two Barrels Burning

Lemon/Cherry Red [Release date 02.02.18] Back in the racks for their first official outing on CD in some years, two eighties “lost classics” from the band who are currently receiving renewed attention largely thanks to the massive limited “vintage years” … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DEAD DAISIES/The Treatment/The Amorettes – O2 Academy, Bristol, 14 April 2018

THE DEAD DAISIES - O2 Academy, Bristol, 14 April 2018

Supergroups come and go, more often than not exploding onto the scene with excitement then invariably disappearing due to the sound of clashing egos… This is not necessarily the case with The Dead Daisies: yes, they have had more line … Continue reading

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Album review: MY GLASS WORLD – Prisoner Of Gravity

MY GLASS WORLD - Prisoner Of Gravity

Luxury Noise [Release date 01.06.18] My Glass World is a vehicle for singer / songwriter Jamie Telford who’s ‘claim to fame’ is having played the driving piano that graces The Jam’s #1 single ‘Beat Surrender’ (1982). He’s also a trained … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK VENNIS & DIFFERENT PLACE – A Beautiful Lie Or The Ugly Truth

MARK VENNIS & DIFFERENT PLACE - A Beautiful Lie Or the Ugly Truth

Cadiz Music [Release date 20.04.18] Mark Vennis, a 20 year veteran of the film industry, with production credits on 33 films to his name, including the comedy drama Funny Cow, and the recent documentary ‘Here To Be Heard; The Story … Continue reading

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Album review: MONGREL STATE – Mestizo

MONGREL STATE - Mestizo

Mongrel State [Release date 29.01.16] Did I tell you the one about the two Irishmen, an Englishman and an American? No, sorry, that was last week’s Americana review. This week it’s a tale of an Irishman, an Italian, a Spaniard … Continue reading

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Album review: DWORNIAK BONE LAPSA – Fingers Pointing At The Moon

DWORNIAK BONE LAPSA - Fingers Pointing At The Moon

Platinum Pursuits/Proper Records [Release date 09.03.18] I’m not quite sure why this album, originally released in 2014, by Winchester-based three piece Joe Dworniak (bass/backing vocals), Greg Bone (lead and rhythm guitars/backing vocals), and Chris Lapsa (lead vocals/guitars and keys), who … Continue reading

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Album review: AURI – s/t (Tuomas Holopainen)

AURI

Nuclear Blast [Release date 23.03.18] Auri – a side project of Nightwish pair Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards) and Troy Donockley (acoustic guitars, Uilleann pipes, vocals) – is one that’s been a while in the gestation. The oldest song in the set, … Continue reading

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Album review: MY INDIGO (Sharon den Adel)

MY INDIGO

MVKA [Release date 20.04.18] Suffering writer’s block and personal problems after Within Temptation’s Hydra world tour, lead singer Sharon den Adel sought solace in writing songs for herself. My Indigo, her first solo album, is the result. But don’t get … Continue reading

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Album review: FARGO – Constellation

SPV [Release date 25.05.18] Right, strap yourself in – I’m going to be as charitable as I can here because I think it’s crass and churlish to be overly critical if someone else has been there and done it and … Continue reading

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