Yearly Archives: 2019

Album review: STEVE HACKETT – At The Edge Of Light

STEVE HACKETT - At The Edge Of Light

Inside Out  [Release Date: 25.01.19] I mentioned in my 2015 GRTR! review of Steve Hackett’s ‘Wolflight’ album how his star has been in the ascendency as a result of his wonderful live shows showcasing the Genesis back catalogue. Such has … Continue reading

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Album review: CRANSTON – II

CRANSTON – II

Rock Company [Release date 20.11.18] Cranston is vocalist Phil Vincent (the man who never seems to be out of a recording studio!), melodic rock legend Paul Sabu and B.F. D’Ercole (whose own self-titled band Phil Vincent sings for – told … Continue reading

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EP review: THIRD LUNG – Sooner Or Later

THIRD LUNG - Sooner Or Later

These Bloody Thieves Records [Release date 01.03.19] Third Lung hail from Reading and in their four years to date have picked up rave reviews including BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq. Third Lung consist of Tom Farrelly (vocals, guitars), Camilla Jurasek … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS ARTISTS – Yesterday And Today (A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Yes)

Yesterday And Today (A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Yes)

RecPlay [Release date: 02.11.18] I once read of a Genesis tribute band that released an album in tribute to  another Genesis tribute band. The only step up is to tribute yourself and in essence that’s what this is all about. … Continue reading

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Album review: TRISTAN MACKAY – Invisible Light

TRISTAN MACKAY – Invisible Light

Website [Release date 14.02.19] Following the incredibly good ‘Out Along the Wire’, with its breezy Eric Clapton unplugged vibe which was a showcase for Tristan Mackay’s electric guitar playing and the second album ‘Wire and Wood’, which was a darker … Continue reading

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Album review: JESS KLEIN – Back To My Green

JESS KLEIN - Back To My Green

Blue Rose Records [Release date 22.02.19] With 11 albums over two decades to her name, native New York singer songwriter Jess Klein will have no better opportunity to broaden her appeal than with the seemingly insatiable current demand for Americana. … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC GALES – The Bookends

ERIC GALES – The Bookends

Provogue  [Release date 08.02.19] Back in his psychedelic rock days, I always used to think that it was Eric Gales’s second solo that defined both the song itself and the guitarist’s signature style. Just like a boxer he bobbed, weaved … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN SLOMAN – El Dorado

Facebook Slogger Records [Release date 04.02.19] John Sloman is known to rock fans of a certain age for his singing in Lone Star and the ‘Conquest’ album by Uriah Heep. He has released a series of solo albums starting with … Continue reading

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News: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Black Stone Cherry are Saturday headliner (19-21 July 2019)

Black Stone Cherry - DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL - Donington Park, 8-10 June 2018

Ramblin’ Man Fair have announced their Saturday main stage headliner at this year’s event (19-21 July 2019). Black Stone Cherry (pictured) will bring their southern-edged hard rock style, promoting their acclaimed current album ‘Family Tree’. They join the previously announced … Continue reading

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Quick plays: VIANA, FERNANDO PERDOMO, JET RED

VIANA Forever Free Escape Music [Release date 25.01.19] Stefano Viana is an Italian guitarist, songwriter and producer who released his self-titled debut album in 2017. For album number two he has signed with Escape Music and enlisted vocalist Bryan Cole … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE SPONZA – Made In The Sixties

Mike Sponza - Made In The Sixties

Epops Music [Release date 22.06.18] Made in the sixties is a retrospective with a difference. Aside from shoehorning in a wide range of music and themes into the blues genre, Italian guitarist and songwriter Mike Sponza has cleverly approached the … Continue reading

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Album review: LOS PACAMINOS – Viva!

Recado Records [Release date 02.11.18] To describe Los Pacaminos as Paul Young’s band is slightly misleading, although he assembled the seven piece Tex Mex outfit back in 1992, the bands members are each of a high calibre and indeed highly … Continue reading

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Album review: KATIE DOHERTY & THE NAVIGATORS – And Then

KATIE DOHERTY & THE NAVIGATORS

Steeplejack Music [Release date 25.01.19] Katie Doherty released her debut album ‘Bridges’ in 2007, which picked up glowing reviews and airplay on BBC Radio 2. Since then Katie Doherty has been involved as a composer for Northern Stage productions, along … Continue reading

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Album review: EXCALIBUR (Alan Simon) – Ladies Of The Lake

EXCALIBUR (Alan Simon) - Ladies Of The Lake

Babaika [Release date: 02.11.18] Girl Power: albeit nary a Spice in sight, but the whiff of joss hangs pendulously over this female vocalist-fronted compilation trawl through the four Excalibur sword-and-sorcery releases by French composer Alan Simon. Alan explains in his … Continue reading

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Album review: BLOOD RED SAINTS – Pulse

AOR Heaven [Release date 22.02.19] Album number three from the Blood Red Saints, following hot on the heels of last year’s enjoyable ‘Love Hate Conspiracies’, an album which made a fair few year end best of lists. After searching the … Continue reading

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Album review: ELECTRIC MARY – Mother

Listenable Records [Release date 15.02.19] Aussie rockers Electric Mary formed back in 2003, however due to various reasons ‘Mother’ is their first full album since 2011′s ‘III’. Since that album Spyder has joined on drums, linking up with existing members … Continue reading

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Album review: HEAVY DRAPES – Crashing Like Stars

Cadiz Music Heavy Drapes were one of the UK’s most promising new punk bands who, in a two year period, went from playing to an audience of twenty to gracing the main stage at the Rebellion festival. Unfortunately, following the … Continue reading

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Album review: THE WINDMILL – Tribus

THE WINDMILL - Tribus

Apollon Records [Release date 15.11.18] ‘Tribus’ may be somewhat derivative as a lot of prog is these days.  But you can’t deny the musicianship.  This is the Norwegian band’s third studio album and it gets mixing and mastering treatment from … Continue reading

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Album review: METAL CHURCH – Damned If You Do

Nuclear Blast [Release date 7.12.18] Metal Church rank up among the founders of the early US thrash metal scene. Although never quite breaking into first tier territory, they remain a worthy outfit to this day with a series of classic … Continue reading

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EP review: STEVE BALSAMO – Circle The Wagons

www.stevebalsamomusic.com Steve Balsamo came to my musical attention via the country rockers the Storys, who are well worth checking out and sadly another of those bands that had heaps of talent, yet never got the musical success they deserved. He … Continue reading

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