Monthly Archives: July 2018

Gig review: PEARL JAM – O2 Arena, London, 17 July 2018

Sometimes a gig so good comes along that any meaningful comparisons are blown away. Almost out of the blue, Pearl Jam delivered the kind of show that raises the arena-rock bar for all those that tread these boards after them. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE VOODOO SHEIKS – Unstoppable

The Voodoo Sheiks - Unstoppable

775402 Records DK [Release date 13.07.18] ‘Unstoppable’ is The Voodoo Sheiks’ 3rd album in 8 years and continues their quest to cement their unique style on the rhythm and blues circuit. It’s arguably their best album so far. It’s solid, … Continue reading

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Album review: COWBOY JUNKIES – All That Reckoning

Proper Music [Release date 13.07.18] “All That Reckoning” is the 17th studio album from Cowboy Junkies since they formed back in 1985. The album is easy to listen to with every song telling a story, whether that be deep, personal … Continue reading

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Album review: AMANDA SHIRES – To The Sunset

AMANDA SHIRES - To The Sunset

Silver Knife/ Thirty Tigers [Release date 03.08.18] I was impressed when Amanda Shires first featured on the GRTR! radar back in 2012 with her excellent Carrying Lightning album.  In particular, her ‘Dolly Parton’ twang and vibrato, her haunting fiddle playing, … Continue reading

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Album review: ROY BUCHANAN – My Babe

ROY BUCHANAN - My Babe

Angel Air Records [Release date 17.08.18] It wasn’t until the mid-1980s – and a series of albums for the Alligator label – that Roy Buchanan really found his calling on album: fiery, blues rock.  Back in the 1970s when he … Continue reading

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Gig review: THUNDER – Caerphilly Castle, Wales, 14 July 2018

THUNDER - Caerphilly Castle, Wales, 14 July 2018

When someone mentions Thunder in Wales it is more often than not followed by a downpour, it is Wales after all.  However in the current hot weather boom there was no sign of the wet stuff, and thankfully this Thunder … Continue reading

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Album review: FATES WARNING – Live Over Europe

  Inside Out [Release date 29.06.18] A live album by Fates Warning is always a pretty welcoming proposition, as the US Prog Metal giants belong to that elite category of bands whose live performances outdo, in principal, those featured in … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MOB RULES, MIKE VASS

MOB RULES Beast Reborn SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 24.08.18] Mob Rules have been around for awhile now and although never reaching the heights of popularity of some fellow power metal bands, they have built a large and loyal following. Their latest album … Continue reading

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Album review: ALASCA – Plea For Peace

ALASCA - Plea For Peace

ALASCA Plea For Peace Good Deeds Music [Release date 03.08.18] Endorsed by both Bob Harris and Jan Akkerman, AlascA have to be something special, right? Well, the indie folk three piece – Frank Bond (songwriter, guitar, bass and vocals), Ferdinand … Continue reading

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Quick plays: AMANDA SOMERVILLE’S TRILLIUM, FLIGHT OF ICARUS

AMANDA SOMERVILLE

AMANDA SOMERVILLE’S TRILLIUM Tectonic Frontiers [Release date 08.06.18] The sophomore release by American-born, Dutch-based singer/songwriter Amanda Somerville’s symphonic metal project Trillium, is packed with melodies, riffs, solos and soaring vocals. The project’s well-received debut Alloy (2011) lead to support slots … Continue reading

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Album review : RSO (Richie Sambora & Orianthi) – Radio Free America

RSO (Richie Sambora & Orianthi) - Radio Free America

BMG [Release date 11.05.18] Frankly, I’ve never been totally convinced about Richie Sambora’s credibility as one of rock’s ‘great’ guitarists.  His output since leaving Bon Jovi has been patchy, to say the best, and this latest offering, with current ‘squeeze’ … Continue reading

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Gig review: VEGA – Camden Underworld, London, 7 July 2018

VEGA - Camden Underworld, London, 7 July 2018

Vega are certainly putting in the hard yards to capitalise on their excellent new album ‘Only Human’ with arguably the UK’s leading contemporary melodic rock band playing an extensive tour, culminating in this London date. While they have yet to … Continue reading

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Gig review: CORNBURY FESTIVAL – The Great Tew Estate, Oxfordhire, 14 July, 2018

CORNBURY FESTIVAL - July, 2018

After 14 years and appearances by some of the world’s biggest names in music the Cornbury Music Festival held its ‘last ever’ showcase of music and performances in July last year. However, barely three months after many fans asked for it … Continue reading

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Album Review: FERNANDO PERDANO – Out To Sea

FERNANDO PERDANO - Out To Sea

Cherry Red Records [Release date: 04.05.18] There are not that many rock guitar players who can really carry off an instrumental album. Once you get beyond Satriani, Jeff Beck, Vai and Malmsteen the list tails off and, in the field … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE RED GOES BLACK, FISCHER’S FLICKER

THE RED GOES BLACK Fire

THE RED GOES BLACK Fire Hold On Music [Release date 27.04.18] The fact this is proclaimed as a ‘nouvel’ album, and that the accompanying Press Release is in French, is a pretty good indication that The Red Goes Black are … Continue reading

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Quick plays: FLAV MARTIN & JERRY MAROTTA, CHRIS THOMAS

FLAV MARTIN & JERRY MAROTTA Soul Redemption

FLAV MARTIN & JERRY MAROTTA Soul Redemption [Release date 01.03.18] This debut album from two of rock’s unheralded ‘side men’ blends modern adult rock and traditional world music. Over his career, Flav Martin has performed with David Crosby, Al Stewart, … Continue reading

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Album review: DIAMANTE – Coming In Hot

DIAMANTE - Coming In Hot

Better Noise Records [Release date 15.06.18] Mixing pop, alt and classic rock, the debut album of 21 year old LA-based Diamante Azzura Bovell’s (she’s of Mexican/ Italian parentage) is a humungous slice of 80′s influenced, American radio friendly, hard-hitting pop/rock. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE KENTISH SPIRES – The Last Harvest

THE KENTISH SPIRES - The Last Harvest

[Release date 27.07.18] If not the epicentre of prog, Canterbury is nevertheless synonymous with the genre, and perhaps its spiritual home, spawning bands like Camel, Caravan and Soft Machine.  Inspired by the Canterbury scene, and using recording techniques sympathetic to … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS BEVINGTON ORGANISATION – Cut And Run

CBO - Cut And Run

CBO Music UK [Release date: 13.05.18] It’s rare you come across a top class big band blues outfit with real pedigree when the front man is relatively speaking unknown, Stoke On Trent’s bass playing, vocalist Chris Bevington didn’t front a … Continue reading

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Album review: POWERWOLF – The Sacrament Of Sin

Napalm Records [Release date 20.07.18] Powerwolf are back with their seventh album, or as the band would put it their latest set of psalms! They have been building on their fanbase with each successive release and tour – they are … Continue reading

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