Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: MILES HUNT & ERICA NOCKALLS – We Came Here To Work

MILES HUNT & ERICA NOCKALLS - We Came Here To Work

Good Deeds Records [Release date 09.09.17] I can’t say that I’m overly ‘au fait’ with The Wonder Stuff.  They’ve always struck me as one of those ‘almost’ bands with a small but fanatical fan base, who – despite a number … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SPIRITUAL MACHINES – Awake, Alert, Alive, almost

THE SPIRITUAL MACHINES - Awake, Alert, Alive, almost

Would Work Sound [Release date 14.02.17] Sometimes reviewers can get lost underneath a sea of review copies waiting to be sorted, waiting for evaluation.  They seek refuge in other music eras, rediscovering their lost youth, whilst avoiding the present.  Anything … Continue reading

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Album review: EDGUY – Monuments

Nuclear Blast [Release date 14.07.17] Edguy are celebrating their 25th anniversary with this 28 song compilation with added live CD and DVD. Edguy main man Tobias Sammet never does things by halves and there are five new songs on this album, … Continue reading

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Album review: BRUCE “MISSISSIPPI” JOHNSON – The Deal Baby

Bruce MIssissippi Johnson - The Deal Baby

Self Release [Release date 26.05.17] Bruce ‘Mississippi’ Johnson is a singer with a colourful past. As his nick name suggests, he hails from Mississippi, and aside from being a marine, he learnt his craft in Paris with veteran B.B. King … Continue reading

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Album review: ALL 4 1 – The World’s Best Hope

Frontiers [Release date 07.07.17] All 4 1 are another Frontiers project, with this one overseen by Alessandro Del Vecchio, who produced the album as well as playing keys and co-writing a few songs. The band consists of half of Alliance (about time … Continue reading

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Album review: CATS IN SPACE – Scarecrow

CATS IN SPACE - Scarecrow

www.catsinspaceband.com [Release date 28.08.17] Cats In Space’s debut album ‘Too Many Gods’ was released in 2015 and rightly won the band many rave reviews. Since then they have toured supporting Thunder, done a joint headline tour with Space Elevator, appeared … Continue reading

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Album review: ELEANOR McEVOY – The Thomas Moore Project

ELEANOR McEVOY - The Thomas Moore Project

MOSCODISC [Release date o4.08.17] First the history lesson – Thomas Moore was an 18/19th century Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer.  Once celebrated, but largely overlooked today, Eleanor McEvoy looks to put that right by taking some of his best … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TANGENT – The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery

THE TANGENT – The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery

Inside Out [Release date 21.07.17] When Andy Tillison, leader and founding member of the Prog Rock ensemble The Tangent, first started putting together material for his 2003 debut “The Music That Died Alone”, little did he know that what started … Continue reading

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Album review: TEN – Gothica

TEN - Gothica

Frontiers [Release date 07.07.17] Album number thirteen from the enduring melodic rockers Ten, which also sees them back on Frontiers in a multi-album deal. They have hit a purple patch these past few years, helped no doubt by the same line-up … Continue reading

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Album review: BITCHES SIN – Predator

BITCHES SIN - Predator

Dissonance Formed in 1980, Bitches Sin were part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and have since issued a number of classic metal albums, including Invaders, Uduvudu, The Rapture and First Temptation. It’s a genuinely great catalogue. This, … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MATISYAHU, DAVID RAMIREZ, MATTHEW LOGAN VASQUEZ

MATISYAHU Undercurrent

MATISYAHU Undercurrent Fallen Sparks/Thirty Tigers [Release date 19.05.17] Reggae, hip hop, rap and beatboxing.  Four musical styles I’d cross the road to avoid.  Period.  Add in Orthodox Jewish themes, and Matisyahu should be a big no, no, no, no, NO. … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS JAGGER – All The Best

CHRIS JAGGER - All The Best

BMG [Release date 01.09.17] “OK class, hands up who’s familiar with the works of Chris Jagger?” “Michael Eavis put your hand down, and take 100 lines:  ‘I will put more rock acts on at Glasto”’. Yes, Chris Jagger ‘ Mick’s … Continue reading

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Album review: BRYAN ADAMS – Wembley 1996 Live

 BRYAN ADAMS - Wembley 1996 Live

Eagle Rock [Release date 30.06.17 ] Back in 1996 Bryan Adams was riding the crest of a wave, some might say a tsunami.  The placement of ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’ in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves … Continue reading

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Album review: FICTION SYXX – Tall Dark Secret

MeldodicRock Records [Release date 21.08.17] Fiction Syxx is the brain child of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Mark Allen Lanoue who has had these musical ideas for some time now. To help him realise his musical vision he is joined by guitarist JK Northrup (King … Continue reading

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Album review: NICOLE ATKINS – Goodnight Rhonda Lee

Single Lock Records [Release date 21.07.17] Nicole Atkins returns with her fourth album and one recorded against a backdrop of personal issues as she stopped drinking and finding out her dad as lung cancer. Often such life changing events can … Continue reading

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Album review: PICTUREHOUSE – How Do I Explain How This Came To Be?

PICTUREHOUSE - How Do I Explain How This Came To Be?

Vinyl/digital release This album is not so much a best of more a collection of songs, some previously unreleased, that PictureHouse recorded between 1995 and 1998. There are twelve songs in all, with a couple drawn from the ‘Shine Box’ (1996) and ‘Karmarama’ … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SNAFU, BELL XI, ADRENALINE MOB

SNAFU Live Nottingham 1976

SNAFU Live Nottingham 1976 Angel Air www.angelair.co.uk [Release date 04.08.17] Snafu featured vocalist Bobby Harrison and guitarist Micky Moody amongst their ranks, although Micky Moody left the band shortly after the tour this gig was recorded from and joined Whitesnake. … Continue reading

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Album review: LIONHEART – Second Nature

LIONHEART - Second Nature

AOR Heaven [25.08.17] Blimey, it has been a few years since Lionheart last released an album – over thirty to be precise! Their sole studio album to date was 1984′s ‘Hot Tonight’, rightly revered among many rock fans. They split-up in 1986 with Dennis … Continue reading

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Album review: THUNDERSTICK – Something Wicked This Way Comes

THUNDERSTICK - Something Wicked This Way Comes

[Release date 28.07.17] There are few musicians as iconic in image as Barry Graham Perkis, aka Thunderstick, who originally found fame as the masked and caged drummer for NWoBHM band Samson. Previously a short lived drummer for Iron Maiden, he … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ROLLING STONES – Live Reissues

Eagle Records [Release date 16.06.17] Eagle Records are releasing several live CD’s from The Rolling Stones, each following their successful release on DVD. Each is taken from a different point in the band’s history and finds them at a high … Continue reading

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