Yearly Archives: 2019

Album review: JIMMY PAGE & FRIENDS – Tribute To Alexis Korner

JIMMY PAGE & FRIENDS - Tribute To Alexis Korner

The Store For Music (released 6.12.19) Dubbed “The Godfather of British Blues”, Alexis Korner died, aged 55, on the first day of the year, 1984. His influence was felt by many. Without him, Fifties rock’n’roll in the UK would not … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SANGUINE, GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR

SANGUINE - Cold Blood

SANGUINE Cold Blood   [Release date 06.13.19] Sanguine caught this reviewer’s attention with their 2016 release ‘Black Sheep’, where they successfully melded melodic metal riffs with the impressive vocals of Tarin Kerrey, along with some screamo vocals from guitarist Nick Magee … Continue reading

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Album review: HOUSE OF SHAKIRA – Radiocarbon

HOUSE OF SHAKIRA - Radiocarbon

Frontiers [Release date 06.12.19] Back in 1997, House Of Shakira were in the vanguard of Swedish bands who fanned the dying embers of Melodic Rock, reigniting the genre for a whole new generation of rock fans. And they were always … Continue reading

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Album review: MOON HALO – Chroma

MOON HALO - Chroma

[Release date 13.01.20] available at moonhalomusic.co.uk and bandcamp.com The tide may have ebbed for the final time on Riversea – a band who produced two quite outstanding albums that somehow failed to get the exposure they deserved – but Moon … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) January 2020 – March 2020

MAGNUM - The Serpent Rings

Compiled by Jason Ritchie (October – December 2019) 2020 January 3rd BONFIRE ‘A Fistful Of Fire’ AFM Records STABBING WESTWARD ‘Dead And Gone’ (EP) 4th Pröwess ‘Blacktop Therapy’ 9th Lars Eric Mattsson’s ASTRAL GROOVE (25th anniversary edition) Lion Music 10th … Continue reading

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Album review: A NEW TOMORROW – Universe

A NEW TOMORROW - Universe

Frontiers [Release date 06.12.19] Formed during 2009 by vocalist/guitarist Alessio Garavello (ex-Power Quest, Arthemis) and bassist Andrea Lonardi, the two were later joined by Tim Hall (drums) and Michael Kew (guitars). Another band marking Frontiers move into signing newer bands … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGNUM – The Serpent Rings

MAGNUM - The Serpent Rings

Steamhammer/SPV [Release date 17.01.20] You have to admire Magnum.  They deliver a new studio album every two years almost like clockwork.  Maybe Tony Clarkin should be considered proper prime minister material – a deft ability to deliver on promises and … Continue reading

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Album review: ELIAS T. HOTH – Damascus

Elias T. Hoth - Damascus

CD Baby [Release date 15.04.19] Elias T. Hoth has carved out his own niche over the last decade with a catalogue of 11 southern tinged rock-a-boogie albums.  However, his last couple of albums have gradually broadened his musical outlook with … Continue reading

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News: CROWDED HOUSE, EAGLES, DENNIS DEYOUNG, 10CC, THE CULT (December 2019)

News compiled by Jason Ritchie Got news? We want to hear it! Contact us now Dennis DeYoung’s new album ’26 East: Volume 1,’ will be released Spring 2020 via Frontiers and will feature the duet “The Good Old Days” with … Continue reading

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Album Review : THE BABYS – Silver Dreams: The Complete Albums 1975-1980

THE BABYS - Silver Dreams

Cherry Red Records [Release date 06.12.19] The Babys were indeed the launching pad for John Waite’s worldwide solo success and a key component of the CV that landed Jonathan Cain the job with Journey. But the band would never have … Continue reading

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Gig review: HEAT FESTIVAL – Ludwigsburg, Germany, 30 November- 1 December 2019

HEAT FESTIVAL- Ludwigsburg, Germany, 30 November- 1 December 2019

Having grown steadily since its inception in 2008, the HEAT Festival in Ludwigsburg, just outside Stuttgart, can lay claim to being one of the longest continuously running melodic rock festivals in Europe.  For most of the last few years their … Continue reading

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Album review: EDGE OF PARADISE – Universe

EDGE OF PARADISE - Universe

Frontiers [Release date 08.11.19] Currently on a major European tour, Edge Of Paradise came up the hard way, slogging their away around the LA circuit, creating fans, making a name. It got them minor label recording contracts and two consequent … Continue reading

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Album review: COLLATERAL – Collateral

COLLATERAL - Collateral

In this hour special for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Pete Feenstra chats to Collateral’s Angelo Tristan.  First broadcast 9 February 2020. www.collateralofficial.com [Release 21.02.20] The rock scene has seemingly never looked healthier and 2019 has seen some absolutely incredible … Continue reading

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News: THE BEST OF 2019 – Vote for your favourites in our popular poll (albums, live acts, breakthrough acts)

The Best of 2019

Every year the GRTR! Reviewers choose their favourite albums, live acts and breakthrough artists. We reduce this selection to a list of ten in each category, reflecting also the top choices of each reviewer. Vote for your own favourite from … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT – Subterania, London, 5 December 2019

RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT- Subterania, London, 5 December 2019

Proof of the enduring appeal of classic rock is the success over seven years of residencies in Las Vegas of the ‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ show. The concept is deceptively simple,  with live playing from a band of seasoned musicians, … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL DI’ANNO – Hell Over Waltrop: Live In Germany

PAUL DI

Metalville [Release date 31.01.20] Forever known as the original Iron Maiden vocalist (and something he’s somewhat played on over the years), Paul Di’Anno and his band were asked to play this festival in 2006 and the recently discovered tapes are … Continue reading

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EP review: DIRTY VERTEBRAE – Tense

DIRTY VERTEBRAE - Tense

The Animal Farm [Release date 06.12.19] Dirty Vertebrae are made up of singer Nicole, rapper Ash P, drummer Scott, bassist Gaz and guitarist Chris, who were all born within a few miles of each other near Northwich, Cheshire. An interesting … Continue reading

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Album review: BURNT OUT WRECK – This Is Hell

BURNT OUT WRECK - This Is Hell

Burnt Out Wreckords/Cherry Red [Release date 11.10.19] After an extremely well-received 2017 debut ‘Swallow’, some barnstorming festival appearances and support slots for the likes of Anvil, Burnt Out Wreck – the band created by former Heavy Pettin’ drummer Gary Moat … Continue reading

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EP review: THE SELF-TITLED – Beers & Bulls

THE SELF-TITLED - Beers & Bulls

http://www.theselftitled.com Four piece the Self-Titled have been around a few years, releasing their debut album ‘Defaced’ in 2012 and now they have a new four song EP ‘Beers & Bulls’ out. The band consist of vocalist Tom Procter, drummer Paul … Continue reading

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Album review: 24 PESOS – Flesh & Bones

24 Pesos - Flesh & Bones

Our Gate Records [Release date 22.11.19] It’s tempting to view 24 Pesos ‘Flesh & Bones’ as a Julian Burdock solo album, he did after all pen all the material apart from one co-write and delivers it all with ripping guitar … Continue reading

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