Monthly Archives: March 2021

Album review: GARY HUGHES – Decades

GARY HUGHES- Decades

Frontiers Records [Release Date 12.03.21] With Gary Hughes having just released his first solo album in a long while, the simultaneous release of this generous 29 track double compilation is very timely as an opportunity to discover (or rediscover) the … Continue reading

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Album review: A RISING FORCE – Undertow

A RISING FORCE--Undertow

HighVolMusic [Release Date 07.05.21] A Rising Force brings together several seasoned Minnesota musicians in a new band. They include guitarist Leni DiMancari, who was an original member of Hericane Alice but is better known, at least to me, as the … Continue reading

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Album review: CHEZ KANE

CHEZ KANE- S/T

Frontiers Records [Release Date 12.03.21] Chez Kane is one of three sisters fronting Kane’d, who have gained a reputation pre-pandemic as an enjoyable live act. This is her debut solo album, though equal uncredited billing goes to Danny Rexon, lead … Continue reading

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Album review: SMITH KOTZEN (Adrian Smith, Richie Kotzen)

SMITH KOTZEN (Adrian Smith, Richie Kotzen)

BMG [Release date 26.03.21] What have rock stars been doing in Lockdown?  Streaming, recycling back catalogue, a bit of gardening, maybe even new material.  And some have joined forces with others.  Strength in numbers, or something. Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) … Continue reading

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Album review: GARY HUGHES – Waterside

GARY HUGHES- Waterside

Frontiers Records [Release Date 12.03.21] It’s been a relatively quiet period for Gary Hughes,  the usually prolific Ten mainman- over two years since Ten’s last album but a whopping  14 since his last album under his own name. Now, on … Continue reading

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Album review: THE FLEUR DE LYS – Circles: The Ultimate

THE FLEUR DE LYS – Circles The Ultimate

Countdown Records / Acid Jazz [Release date 26.3.21] Formed in Southampton in 1964, The Fleur De Lys had an ever-changing line up during their short lifetime, the mainstay being drummer Keith Guster who has assisted with this new 25 track … Continue reading

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Album review: UNDERKING – At Hell’s Gate

Underking - At Hell's Gate

Bandcamp [Release date 23.04.21] Underking is in fact a one-man band consisting of Maxwell Jeffries hailing from Nottingham and this is Underking’s third album. Maxwell has been working on this album for over a year, with the songs covering “topics … Continue reading

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Album review: REACH – The Promise Of A Life

REACH – The Promise Of A Life

Facebook [Release date 23.04.21] Reach was founded in 2012 and settled on a power trio consisting of Ludvig Turner (vocals, guitars), Marcus Johansson (drums) and Soufian Ma´Aoui (bass). Reach have released two albums prior to this one and have played … Continue reading

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Album review: THE OUTLAW ORCHESTRA – Power Cut

THE OUTLAW ORCHESTRA – Power Cut

Website [Release date 26.03.21] The Outlaw Orchestra, who love southern rock, blues and country, via their hometown of Southampton, follow up last year’s enjoyable ‘Pantomime Villains’ with this mini-album. As singer/guitarist Dave Roux explains “When we’re not on the road, … Continue reading

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Album review: BEN RANDALL – Before The Rain

BEN RANDALL

Thoroughbred Music    [Release date: 02.04.21] www.benrandallguitar.com For me, it’s always been about the guitar. Back in the day, from the moment I heard Paul Kossoff’s wailing Les Paul on the early Free albums, I was hooked. Koss, Blackmore, Iommi, … Continue reading

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Album review: SUNSTORM – Afterlife

SUNSTORM - Afterlife

Frontiers Records [Release date 12.03.21] Gone are the days of the Joe Lynn Turner fronted Sunstorm. Gone are the days when the band’s songs were written by Diane Warren, Desmond Child, Bob Halligan jnr, The Martin (Vega) Brothers and other … Continue reading

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Album review: JULIAN TAYLOR BAND – Desert Star

Julian Taylor - Desert Star

Julian Taylor chatted to Pete Feenstra on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 28 March, 20:00 GMT including tracks from ‘Desert Star’. Aporia Records [Release date 28.05.21] Julian Taylor Band’s ‘Desert Star’ is the album that refuses to lie down. … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…LEVEL 42, AIMEE MANN (Every Album, Every Song)

On track...LEVEL 42 (Every Album, Every Song)

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 01.04.21] Level 42 were very much a band of the eighties – the decade of their greatest success – and  submerged their early brand of jazz rock fusion in a highly accessible blend of pop funk.  … Continue reading

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Interview: Dolf de Borst of the Datsuns

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The Datsuns new album, ‘Eye To Eye’ – their first since 2014 – is released on May 28 and the band’s new single, ‘Suspicion’ is out now. GRTR! recently caught up with vocalist/bassist Dolf de Borst to discuss the upcoming … Continue reading

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Quick plays: CITIZEN, NAD SYLVAN, ESCAPE

Citizen - Life In Your Glass World

CITIZEN Life In Your Glass World Run For Cover Records [Release date 26.03.21] Formed in 2009, Citizen – vocalist Mat Kerekes, guitarist Nick Hamm, and bassist Eric Hamm – return after almost 4 years away with their new album, ‘Life … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ALMIGHTY – Welcome To Defiance (7 CD Boxset)

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HNE / Cherry Red Records [release date 26.03.21] Glasgow band, The Almighty, was formed in 1988 and revolved around Ricky Warwick on guitar and vocals. (He now does the same job for the Black Star Riders.) Such was the band’s … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BAND – Stage Fright (50th Anniversary Edition)

THE BAND – Stage Fright

Capitol / UMG [Release date 12.2.21] Often regarded as a poor relation to The Band’s peerless first two albums, this 2CD anniversary edition of “Stage Fright” (overseen by Robbie Robertson) invites fresh appraisal with a new mix and revised running … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) April 2021 – June 2021

LYLE WORKMAN - Uncommon Measures

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January – March 2021 April 2nd DAVID BOWIE ‘The Kit Kat Klub (Live In New York ’99)’ Parlophone CACTUS ‘Tightrope’ Cleopatra Records DR FEELGOOD ‘Greatest Hits’ EAGLES ‘The Millennium Concert’ (vinyl) BRYAN FERRY ‘Royal Albert Hall … Continue reading

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Album review: METALITE – A Virtual World

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AFM Records [release date 26.03.21] Coming soon to a Melodic Metal dancefloor near you, Metalite and their third album, A Virtual World. Afficionados will already know the band incorporate elements of trance and electronica into their streamlined melodic metal variant. … Continue reading

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Album review: SECRET SPHERE – Lifeblood

secret sphere lifeblood

Frontiers Records [Release date 12.03.21] If Italy’s Secret Sphere aren’t the EU’s Power Metal poster boys, then they should be. They are a relatively unsung band who’ve battled through multiple line up changes, and come up smelling of roses every … Continue reading

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Album review: JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 – Running Games

JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 – Running Games

Frontiers [Release date 12.02.21] Joel Hoekstra, best known as the current guitarist for Whitesnake and Trans-Siberian Orchestra (and previously as a member of Night Ranger and the Broadway show Rock of Ages), returns with album number two from his solo … Continue reading

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Album review: CLIVE MITTEN – Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983

CLIVE MITTEN - Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983

Bumnote Records/Twelfth Night Records [Release date 02.04.21] I have to say the band Twelfth Night have completely passed me by.  I’ve known vaguely their name but never really investigated their music, that is until the arrival of a new double-CD … Continue reading

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Album review: NICK WATERHOUSE – Promenade Blue

NICK WATERHOUSE – Promenade Blue

Bandcamp [Release date 09.04.21] Nick Waterhouse has been making music since the early 2000’s, playing a mix of rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll. His new album sees him working alongside producer Paul Butler (the Bees, … Continue reading

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