Monthly Archives: August 2021

News: ANVIL, TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT, ALAN PARSONS (September 2021)

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Abba release a new album ‘Voyage’ – their first in 40 years – on November 5. They have also announced a new live show, ‘Abba Voyage’, will open at the new 3,000 capacity Abba Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park … Continue reading

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Album review: MEDICINE HEAD – Warriors Of Love

Medicine Head - Warriors of Love

Living Room Records [Release date 03.09.21] ‘Warriors of Love’ is a career high for Medicine Head founder member, British Lions and Box of Frog main man John Fiddler. And while the original Medicine Head featured Fiddler and Pete Hope Evans, … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MOTELS – All Four One, Little Robbers

THE MOTELS – All Four One, Little Robbers

BGO Records [Release date 03.09.21] The Motels are an American new wave band fronted by Martha Davis. This Motels double CD re-issue features the band’s two US Top 30 albums from the early 1980s. ‘All Four One’ (1982) features the … Continue reading

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Album review: FINNY McCONNELL – The Dark Streets Of Love

FINNY McCONNELL – The Dark Streets Of Love

Whiskey Devil Records [Release date 03.09.21] After 30 years of leading renowned Celtic punk rockers, The Mahones – who have released over 20 albums and shared stages with the Dropkick Murphys, Shane MacGowan, Stiff Little Fingers, Billy Bragg, The Buzzcocks, … Continue reading

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Album review: BLOOD RED SAINTS- Undisputed

BLOOD RED SAINTS- Undisputed

Frontiers Records (Release Date 06.08.21) Blood Red Saints’ fourth album sees them come full circle, not only with a return to Frontiers  Records, but to the style of their impressive debut album before exploring a more guitar dominated and modern … Continue reading

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Book review: ERJA LYYTINEN – The Blues Queen by Mape Ollila

Erja Lyytinen - The Blues Queen

Docendo Oy Publishing [Publication date 06.11.20] ‘Erja Lyytinen – The Blues Queen’ is a refreshingly honest biography about a hugely talented classically trained violinist turned rock blues guitarist,  singer-songwriter,  band leader and perfectionist in search of respect and acceptance. It’s … Continue reading

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Album review: M.ILL.ION – Back On Track

M.ILL.ION - Back On Track

AOR Heaven [Release date 10.09.21] Four original M.ILL.ION members reunited in the autumn of 2020 – Hans Dalzon (vocals), CT Rohdell (guitar), Marcus Berglund (keyboards) and B.J Laneby (bass) – and they were joined by new recruits Henrik Andersson (lead … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DARKER MY HORIZON & FRIENDS FESTIVAL, The Vic, Coalville, 20-22 August 2021

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I think it would be fair to say that travelling to the venue on 20th was challenging for most, due to a number of accidents and roadworks everywhere, however, none so much as The Darker My Horizon (TDmH) as their … Continue reading

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Album review: NIGHT RANGER- ATBPO

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Frontiers Records (Release Date 06.08.21) Night Ranger’s first album in four years, the title ‘And the Band Played On’ is a nod to the challenges of making music during the pandemic, though to reduce the album title to its less … Continue reading

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Book review: On Track…TOM PETTY (Every album, every song) by Richard James

On Track...TOM PETTY (Every album, every song)

SonicBond Publishing (Release Date 30.07.21) The posthumous Tom Petty box set was titled ‘An American Treasure’, a fitting description of a legend of rock who did things on his own terms and has perhaps only been fully appreciated since his … Continue reading

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Album review: VANDENBERG – The Complete Atco Recordings 1982-2004 (4 CD Boxset w/bonus tracks)

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Cherry Red [release date 27.08.21] Vandenberg (1982) Heading For A Storm (1983) Alibi (1985) Demos and Live (2004) Emerging unbloodied and unbowed from the golden age of AOR, Vandenberg’s 3 albums (now remastered) embody all that was good and all … Continue reading

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Gig review: COLLATERAL – The Cavern, Raynes Park, London, 19 August 2021

COLLATERAL- The Cavern, Raynes Park, London, 19 August 2021

Back at the start of 2020, I began what I hoped would be a big gigging year with Collateral at a packed Cavern. It was also promising to be a breakthrough year for the Kent rockers whose first full-length album … Continue reading

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Album review: LYNCH MOB – The Elektra Years 1990-92 (2 CDs w/bonus tracks)

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Cherry Red [Release date 27.08.21] A 2 CD Lynch Mob package. Wicked Sensation (1990) and Lynch Mob (1992).  All that’s missing is the “best before 1989” label. And that problem undermined any notion of commercial success. Either one of these … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKTOP MOJO – Blacktop Mojo

BLACKTOP MOJO

Self-released [Release date 13.08.21] Blacktop Mojo are a new name to this reviewer, however, the band have been around since 2012 and this is their fourth album. Blacktop Mojo consists if Matt James (vocals), Ryan Kiefer (guitar), Chuck Wepfer (guitar), … Continue reading

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Single review: SANTANA – Move

SANTANA - Move

BMG [Release date 18.08.21] ‘Move’ is the first single from Carlos Santana’s new album ‘Blessings and Miracles’, which is released on October 15 by BMG. This single also heralds the much-anticipated reteaming of Santana with Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas. … Continue reading

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Album review: APRIL WINE – First Glance, Harder…Faster

APRIL WINE – First Glance, Harder…Faster

BGO Records [Release date 06.08.21] Although April Wine had been around since 1969, they only really made in big outside of their native Canada with 1978’s ‘First Glance’, an album that also marked the debut of guitarist Brian Greenway. Between … Continue reading

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Album review: SLADE – Slayed?

SLADE - Slayed?

BMG (LP, splatter vinyl)  [Release date 03.09.21] Wolverhampton born legends Slade were important and successful innovators in hard rock and glam rock during the 70s, both musically and visually. There have been many reissues, but this LP reminds us of … Continue reading

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Album review: THE VAPORS – Waiting For The Weekend (The United Artists & Liberty Records Recordings)

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Cherry Red Records The original recordings by The Vapors have been largely unavailable on CD for many years. Cherry Red / RT Industries address this perfectly with a comprehensive 4CD set, which not only rounds up both albums and all … Continue reading

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Album review: ORANGE GOBLIN – Healing Through Fire (2CDs w/bonus tracks)

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Cherry Red Records [Release date 20.08.21] This expanded Orange Goblin compilation centres on their 2007 Disaster Album, Healing Through Fire. Only a Heavy Metal band could take The Great Fire Of London and the Great Plague as the theme for its … Continue reading

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Album review: DANKO JONES – Power Trio

DANKO JONES - Power Trio

Mate In Germany [Release date 27.08.21] Danko Jones are onto their tenth album, which also celebrates the 25th year anniversary of this uncompromising band. They have their own unique sound and keep on doing what they do best – uncompromising … Continue reading

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Gig review: NOZFEST – The 1865, Southampton, 14 August 2021

NOZFEST- The 1865, Southampton, 14 August 2021

Oh, how we have missed rock festivals during the pandemic. 2020 proved to be a write-off as Coronavirus proved more stubborn than originally imagined, and with depressing predictability, as spring turned into summer most organisers gave up the unequal struggle … Continue reading

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Album review: BRENT WINDLER – New Morning Howl

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Goldstar Records [release date 27.08.21] New Morning Howl is the debut album from Kansas City singer/songwriter, Brent Windler. Big things are expected of this exceptionally talented artist. There’s definitely a touch of Paul Simon about Windler, in the way that … Continue reading

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Album review: THE GRAFENBERG DISCIPLES – Johnny On The Spot

THE GRAFENBERG DISCIPLES - Johnny On The Spot

The Highlander Company Records [Release date 02.07.21] The opening track of this album really sets the scene and the influences.  Sounding like a mash up of something by Level 42, Phil Collins’ ‘Another Day In Paradise;’ and Roachford the controls … Continue reading

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Single review: MANIMAL – Armageddon and The Inevitable End

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AFM Records [Release date 06.08.21] ‘Armageddon‘ is the title track and third “single” release from forthcoming new album from Sweden’s Manimal. As the song title suggests, this video version has lots of footage of global warfare, nuclear of course, clearly … Continue reading

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Single review: PARADOX – Mountains And Caves

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AFM Records [release date 13.08.21] German giants of Thrash, Paradox are well known within the genre. They have a sizeable coterie of discerning fans who’ve followed them since the band’s inception, in 1986. Had their chosen genre been say, melodic … Continue reading

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