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Album review: FAT COPS – s/t

Fat Cops

Absolute [release date: 01.03.19] It’s hard to work out whether this Fat Cops ensemble is a serious project, or whether a bunch of blokes with other, loftier careers have simply got together to have a bit of a blast. Maybe … Continue reading

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Gig review: UFO – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 4 April 2019

UFO – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 4 April 2019

Can this really be the end? Whilst part of me dearly hopes not, there is something of a delicious irony about ever-present vocalist Phil Mogg choosing to fold the band on his own terms. During a ride that for about … Continue reading

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Album review: THE THREE TREMORS – s/t

Steel Cartel [release date: 18.01.19] If your mojo is shaken and stirred by high octane falsetto metal shrieking, then this album will put it through a nutribullet. The Three Tremors is a fearsome triumvirate of lung-busting vocal power, headed by … Continue reading

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Album review: DEVIL’S HAND featuring SLAMER/FREEMAN – s/t

Frontiers Music [Release date: 07.12.18] Mike Slamer has been a respected rock session musician, writer and producer for decades, although his profile is still relatively low. He is perhaps best known for forming bands with Kansas members, firstly Steve Walsh … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGIC DANCE – New Eyes

Frontiers Music [release date: 07.12.18] Prime driver for this melodic rock/AOR outfit is Jon Siejka who created Magic Dance as a solo project in 2012. ‘New Eyes’ follows an earlier album ‘Vanishings’ and is the first output since the band … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DEAD DAISIES – O2 Islington Academy, 19 November 2018

Dead Daisies

I’ve come to love the Massive Wagons only relatively recently. This year’s excellent and decent-selling album ‘Full Nelson’ seemed to move the band into different territory. This awakening finally cemented in my dulling brain that Massive Wagons and Monster Truck … Continue reading

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Album review: SUPERSUCKERS – Suck It

SUPERSUCKERS – Suck It

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date: 21.09.18] Twelve albums in to a roller-coaster career and Supersuckers are still a hard band to pin down. Sometimes grunge, often country, but here channelling a very accessible and entertaining cowpunk/Motorhead hybrid. Mostly. Singer/bassist/mainman Eddie Spaghetti has … Continue reading

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Gig review: KRIS BARRAS BAND – 100 Club, London, 24 September 2018

KRIS BARRAS BAND – 100 Club, London, 24 September 2018

The support slot on this tour has featured a few different acts and the London show provided an opportunity for blues trio the Matt Edwards Band. We arrived mid-set and the delta-blues drawl of Matt’s vocals and gritty guitar playing … Continue reading

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Album review: THE COCKNEY REJECTS – The Wild Ones (re-issue)

Cadiz Music [release date 04.06.19] Originally released in 1982, this Cockney Rejects album was the first foray for the creators of Oi! and street-punk into classic Rock. ‘The Wild Ones’ came along at a low point for the band. The … Continue reading

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Album review: MAD MAX – 35

Steamhammer/SPV [release date: 10.08.18] ‘35’ denotes the number of years that Mad Max have been together. Top marks for endurance. The melodic hard rockers formed in Munster, Germany have waited five years to follow-up 2013’s studio platter, ‘Interceptor’. Despite the … Continue reading

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Gig review: PEARL JAM – O2 Arena, London, 17 July 2018

Sometimes a gig so good comes along that any meaningful comparisons are blown away. Almost out of the blue, Pearl Jam delivered the kind of show that raises the arena-rock bar for all those that tread these boards after them. … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 2, Mote Park, Maidstone, 1 July 2018

The Cult - RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR - Day 2, Mote Park, Maidstone, 1 July 2018

The fourth renewal of this Classic, Southern, Blues and Prog festival had been brought forward by a month or so. It had also struggled to capture the imagination of many with its low-key roster. Bands like Bad Company and Poison … Continue reading

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Album review: CREMATORY – Oblivion

CREMATORY – Oblivion

Steamhammer/SPV [Release date: 13.04.18] ‘Oblivion’ is the 14th studio release from German gothic-metallists, Crematory. A number of key line-up changes over the last couple of years don’t seem to have freshened up the sound much and the album more or … Continue reading

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Gig review: ESP 2.0 – Half Moon, Putney, London, 17 April 2018

ESP 2.0 – Half Moon, Putney, London, 17 April 2018

My first trip to the Half Moon for a good few years and although the pub at the front had had a sharp makeover, it was good to see that the venue through the swing doors had not changed at … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Find A Light

BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Find A Light

Earache Records [Release date: 06.04.18] Another fine, fine release from Southern/country rockers, Blackberry Smoke. Following on the fletchings of ‘Like An Arrow’ in 2016 and ‘Holding All the Roses’ in 2015, the band are becoming increasingly prolific and relentlessly excellent. … Continue reading

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Album review: MARILLION – All One Tonight – Live at the Royal Albert Hall (CD/DVD/Bluray)

Album review: MARILLION - All One Tonight - Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Racket Records [Release date: 06.04.18] The 64th release (count ‘em) on Marillion’s own Racket Records label is a live recording of their Royal Albert Hall gig last October. Despite the prolific rate at which they produce concert material, the band … Continue reading

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Album review: CATTAIL BREW – It’s A Bit Difficult Really

CATTAIL BREW – It’s A Bit Difficult Really

Capital City Music Factory/Cargo Records [Release date: 30.03.18] Welcome back Fin, all is forgiven. Those excruciating Rod Stewart tribute videos on You Tube can now safely be forgotten. Waysted’s gravel-throated front man returns with half of redneck metallers American Dog … Continue reading

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Album review: ANGRA – Ømni

ANGRA - Ømni

earMUSIC [Release date: 16.02.18] Despite releasing eight albums since 1991, Brazilian band Angra’s symphonic/prog metal is a new sonic experience for me. Ninth album ‘Ømni’ is for the most part a pretty impressive outing within the genre. The album holds … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT – Forum, Kentish Town, London, 9 March 2018

The Temperance Movement - Manchester Academy, 23 April 2014

There was a buzz about this gig. On the back of their third album smashing in to the actual charts at Number 6 and in the middle of a well-received tour, there was a sense that things were happening for … Continue reading

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Album review: RICK PARFITT – Over And Out

RICK PARFITT - Over And Out

earMUSIC [Release date: 23.03.18] Rick Parfitt gave almost 50 years of his life to Status Quo and his passing in December 2016 was felt keenly both within and beyond the world of entertainment. Quo are a household name and Parfitt, … Continue reading

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