Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: BOREALIS – The Offering

AFM Records [Release date 23.03.18] Borealis started out in 2005 as a female fronted symphonic metal band before guitarist Matt Marinelli took over vocal duties in 2007. They have changed bassists since their last album with Trevor McBride replacing original … Continue reading

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Album review: VOODOO CIRCLE – Raised On Rock

AFM Records [Release date 09.02.18] Inspired by the likes of Rainbow and Deep Purple, Germany’s Voodoo Circle have been delivering melodic hard rock for a decade now. Recently, Voodoo Circle underwent a metamorphosis that both of those aforementioned bands have had … Continue reading

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Quick plays: VARVARA, I’M WITH HER

VARVARA Go [Release date 23.02.18] Hailing from Finland (the most exciting thing to come out of Finland since fromer Liverpool player Jari Litmanen according to one previous review), are based around guitarist/vocalist Mikko Kari. This is the band’s fourth album and is one for … Continue reading

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Album review: CATS IN SPACE – Cats Alive!

CATS IN SPACE – Cats Alive!

Harmony Factory [Release date 23.02.18] Cats In Space had a busy 2017 live-wise, supporting the likes of Thunder (where this show was recorded at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena in March), Deep Purple and Status Quo, along with festival appearances at Cropredy … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT – A Deeper Cut

THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT - A Deeper Cut

Earache [Release date 16.02.18] Where to begin when all the superlatives have been exhausted? Widely and justifiably-touted as Britain’s Best New Band since……that “Classic Rock Best New Band 2013″ award still sits on their shoulders like your trusty old college … Continue reading

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Album review: STYX – Caught In The Act

STYX – Caught In The Act

BGO Records [Release date 09.02.18] BGO Records are re-issuing ‘Caught In The Act’, Styx’s live album originally released in 1984, as a double CD in a slip case, remastered and with sleeve notes from Neil Daniels. ‘Caught In The Act’ … Continue reading

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Album review: RICHIE KOTZEN, IAN GILLAN (reissues)

RICHIE KOTZEN - Telecasters & Stratocasters - Klassic Kotzen

The Store For Music [Release date 17.11.17/23.02.18] A welcome outing for three late-1990s solo albums from the underrated Richie Kotzen, repackaged as Telecasters & Stratocasters: Klassic Kotzen.  Kotzen might be best known for his stints in Poison and Mr.Big and … Continue reading

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Album review: DEAD CITY RUINS – Never Say Die

DEAD CITY RUINS - Never Say Die

AFM Records [Release date 13.04.18] Now here’s something of a novelty, a rock band from Australia who actually don’t sound like AC/DC – meet Dead City Ruins from Melbourne and their third offering Never Say Die. Built on very solid … Continue reading

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Album review: GEOFF EVERETT – Night Patrol

GEOFF EVERETT - Night Patrol

www.geoffeverett.co.uk A couple of years ago, GRTR! reviewed a very tasty trio of albums by The Geoff Everett Band – “Adult Show” (2011), “The Quick and the Dead” (2014) and “Cut and Run” (2015). Geoff is one of Britain’s finest … Continue reading

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Album review: DANNY BRYANT – Revelation

DANNY BRYANT – Revelation

Jazzhaus Records [Release date 20.04.18] For an album that Danny Bryant tells us features songs that: “confront memories and emotions I didn’t really want to face”, and material with: “dark subject matter”, it might have made sense to include a … Continue reading

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Album review: TINSLEY ELLIS – Winning Hand

TINSLEY ELLIS – Winning Hand

Alligator Records [Release date 12.01.18] Tinsley Ellis has long been a dependable roadhouse rocke who is equally happy tearing things up as he is searching for an emotive connection. Following in the slipstream of his last CD the soulful ‘Red … Continue reading

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Album review: MITCH WOODS – Friends Along The Way

MITCH WOODS – Friends Along The Way

eOne Music [Release date 29.09.17] It takes a brave musician to oversee a mostly unplugged, all star duo and trio compilation album spanning over 30 years.  But West coast pianist Mitch Woods is as fearless as he is musically talented … Continue reading

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Album review: KRIS BARRAS – The Divine And Dirty

Kris Barras - The Devine And Dirty

Provogue [Release date 23.03.18] If there’s a dichotomy at the heart of  ’The Divine & Dirty’ – Kris Barras’s debut album for Provogue – it’s probably a reference to his first hand knowledge of what to takes to make it. … Continue reading

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Album review: TOM TOOMEY – Turquoise

TOM TOOMEY – Turquoise

Giant Records [Release date 06.01.18] Tom Toomey is best known as the guitarist with The Zombies, though as a session musician he’s also played with the likes of Jon Anderson, Colin Blunstone and Paul Young. And it’s perhaps his diverse … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN MAYALL – Three For The Road – A 2017 Live Recording

JOHN MAYALL - Three For The Road - A 2017 Live Recording

Forty Below Records [Release date 23.02.18] Now here’s a British blues legend of ever there was one. A noted vocalist, pianist and guitarist, John Mayall is probably best known for his band The Blues Breakers, part of the 60s blues … Continue reading

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Album review: KEN HENSLEY – Rare & Timeless

KEN HENSLEY - Rare & Timeless

BMG [Release date 30.03.18] Hensley’s name will forever be associated with Uriah Heep, with whom he found fame as a keyboard player, occasional guitarist and vocalist, and primary song writer, during the 70s. A member of pre-Heep bands The Gods … Continue reading

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Album review: STERLING BALL, JOHN FERRARO, JIM COX – The Mutual Admiration Society

STERLING BALL, JOHN FERRARO, JIM COX  – The Mutual Admiration Society

Mascot [Release date 19.01.18] Guitarist Sterling Ball, bassist John Ferraro and drummer Jim Cox explore a musical lineage which their label tells us, is: “A celebration of up to forty years of friends making music together.” The label in this … Continue reading

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Album review: KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN – Personae

KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN - Personae

IScream Records [Release date 09.03.18] Husband and wife duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have been recording and performing for over two decades, during which time they have won twice Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their … Continue reading

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Album review: JON BUTCHER AXIS

 JON BUTCHER AXIS

Escape Music [Release date 19.01.18] If like me you were one of those who spent every fortnight reading Kerrang! and the Wimpwire column by Derek Oliver, Jon Butcher’s name came up quite often and indeed he got a feature in the AOR/melodic … Continue reading

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Album review: DRIVE, SHE SAID – Real Life

DRIVE, SHE SAID - Real Life

Escape Music [Release date  23.03.18] ‘Real Life’ was originally released back in 2003 by Drive, She Said the band who featured vocalist/guitarist/bassist Al Fritsch and keyboards wizard Mark Mangold. This album has been re-mixed in 2017 by Brian Anthony and Mark … Continue reading

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