Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: TED & MAJELLA – Better Together (Ted Turner, ex-Wishbone Ash)

TED & MAJELLA - Better Together

Turneround Music [Release date 06.04.18] Since 1974, when he left the band, Ted Turner has occasionally surfaced with Wishbone Ash-related reunions but since that time he has been rather quiet in terms of his own recorded output.  His only solo … Continue reading

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Album review: WISHBONE ASH – Two Barrels Burning/Raw To The Bone (reissues)

WISHBONE ASH - Two Barrels Burning

Lemon/Cherry Red [Release date 02.02.18] Back in the racks for their first official outing on CD in some years, two eighties “lost classics” from the band who are currently receiving renewed attention largely thanks to the massive limited “vintage years” … Continue reading

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Album review: MY GLASS WORLD – Prisoner Of Gravity

MY GLASS WORLD - Prisoner Of Gravity

Luxury Noise [Release date 01.06.18] My Glass World is a vehicle for singer / songwriter Jamie Telford who’s ‘claim to fame’ is having played the driving piano that graces The Jam’s #1 single ‘Beat Surrender’ (1982). He’s also a trained … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK VENNIS & DIFFERENT PLACE – A Beautiful Lie Or The Ugly Truth

MARK VENNIS & DIFFERENT PLACE - A Beautiful Lie Or the Ugly Truth

Cadiz Music [Release date 20.04.18] Mark Vennis, a 20 year veteran of the film industry, with production credits on 33 films to his name, including the comedy drama Funny Cow, and the recent documentary ‘Here To Be Heard; The Story … Continue reading

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Album review: MONGREL STATE – Mestizo

MONGREL STATE - Mestizo

Mongrel State [Release date 29.01.16] Did I tell you the one about the two Irishmen, an Englishman and an American? No, sorry, that was last week’s Americana review. This week it’s a tale of an Irishman, an Italian, a Spaniard … Continue reading

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Album review: DWORNIAK BONE LAPSA – Fingers Pointing At The Moon

DWORNIAK BONE LAPSA - Fingers Pointing At The Moon

Platinum Pursuits/Proper Records [Release date 09.03.18] I’m not quite sure why this album, originally released in 2014, by Winchester-based three piece Joe Dworniak (bass/backing vocals), Greg Bone (lead and rhythm guitars/backing vocals), and Chris Lapsa (lead vocals/guitars and keys), who … Continue reading

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Album review: AURI – s/t (Tuomas Holopainen)

AURI

Nuclear Blast [Release date 23.03.18] Auri – a side project of Nightwish pair Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards) and Troy Donockley (acoustic guitars, Uilleann pipes, vocals) – is one that’s been a while in the gestation. The oldest song in the set, … Continue reading

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Album review: MY INDIGO (Sharon den Adel)

MY INDIGO

MVKA [Release date 20.04.18] Suffering writer’s block and personal problems after Within Temptation’s Hydra world tour, lead singer Sharon den Adel sought solace in writing songs for herself. My Indigo, her first solo album, is the result. But don’t get … Continue reading

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Album review: FARGO – Constellation

SPV [Release date 25.05.18] Right, strap yourself in – I’m going to be as charitable as I can here because I think it’s crass and churlish to be overly critical if someone else has been there and done it and … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBIN GEORGE – Rogue Angels

Angel Air Music [Release date 18.05.18] Robin George is back with a new album and one which he plays all the instruments, bar his long time associate Charlie Morgan (Elton John) on drums. He is also sticking with Angel Air … Continue reading

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Album review: JK NORTHRUP & DAVID CAGLE – That’s Gonna Leave A Mark

MelodicRock Records [Release date 30.03.18] An interesting match-up here as guitarist JK Northrup is well known to hard rock fans for his work with King Kobra, Paul Shortino et al, however vocalist David Cagle will be a new name and boy does he have a rocking good vocal! … Continue reading

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Album review: AMMUNITION- S/T

Release Date 26.01.18 Ammunition are something of a supergroup among the thriving Scandinavian melodic rock scene, with their members having pedigree with various bands, notably main songwriters Age Sten Nielsen, former singer with WigWam who were early standard bearers for … Continue reading

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Album review: REVERTIGO

Frontiers [Release date 23.02.18] Revertigo is a Swedish duo comprising Mats Levén on vocals (Therion, Candlemass, Yngwie Malmsteen) and Anders Wikström (Treat) on guitar. Long-term friends and occasional collaborators Revertigo is the name of their new project together. The duo … Continue reading

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Album review: NINEBARROW – The Waters & The Wild

NINEBARROW - The Waters & The Wild

[Release date 20.04.18] Ninebarrow hail from Dorset (the duo’s name comes from Nine Barrow Down in the Purbeck hills) comprised of Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere. On this, their third album, they use an outside producer for the first time … Continue reading

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Album review: JOSH ROUSE – Love In The Modern Age

JOSH ROUSE - Love In The Modern Age

Yep Roc Records [Release date 13.04.18] Josh Rouse has been recording and writing songs for twenty years now, mainly in the folk, pop and Americana musical arenas and now on this album it seems him trading in his acoustic guitar for a … Continue reading

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Album review: FOREIGNER – With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

FOREIGNER - With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

earMUSIC [Release date 27.04.18] 2-CD As rock gets old, anniversaries and special editions are the order of the day.  I can’t see the current crop of younger rock bands having this luxury 40, or even 25, years on.  But, for … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TRACK DOGS, ULTAN CONLON, FUNNY COW

TRACK DOGS - Kansas City Out Groove

TRACK DOGS Kansas City Out Groove Mondegreen Records [Release date 01.06.18] Made up of two Irishmen, an Englishman and an American (no, it’s not the opening line of a joke), Track Dogs came together in 2011 when the four folk … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK SEDAN – Adventure Lit Their Star

 BLACK SEDAN - Adventure Lit Their Star

[Release 15.06.18] A ‘collective’ project ‘orchestrated’ by journalist/author/publisher Mark Hodkinson, sees him bring together five vocalists and upwards of 30 contributing musicians to create an eclectic and challenging record.  A bit like walking into an indie record shop and going … Continue reading

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Album review: SUBSIGNAL – La Muerta

SUBSIGNAL - La Muerta

Gentle Art Of Music [26.05.18] Or, translated to English – The Dead, by German progressive rock outfit Subsignal. Their fifth studio outing, I was expecting something a bit ‘blitzkrieg’, but was pleasantly surprised to find that despite some modestly aggressive … Continue reading

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Album review: WEEND’O – Time Of Awakening

WEEND

Sonicbond [Release date 25.04.18] Prog – metal.  Umm.  I don’t mind a bit of the former, but, for me, metal needs to be tempered with a healthy dose of melody to float my boat.  And decent female vocals don’t go … Continue reading

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