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Album review: FISH – Weltschmerz

Album review: FISH – Weltschmerz

Fish Music [Release date: 25.09.20] Put simply, if this is to be Fish’s final studio production, he leaves us with a masterpiece. The release has been much delayed. After the project was announced back in 2015, Fish has suffered the … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE ROSS – The Clovis Limit, Pt 2

Album review – MIKE ROSS: The Clovis Limit, Pt 2

Taller Records (Release date: 30.10.20) Talented Brighton-based blues/americana merchant Mike Ross is back with a follow up to last year’s ‘The Clovis Limit, Pt 1’. Durham-born Ross has been a busy chap, releasing albums in each of the last three … Continue reading

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Album review: VIOLENT SOHO – Everything is A-OK

Violent Soho - Everything is A-OK

I Oh You Records [Release date: 03.04.20] Accomplished indie/alt rock from Brisbane. I assume the title is not meant to be ironic. The album surfaced in the Spring and the recording/packaging would have been created long before the Covid-19 pandemic. … Continue reading

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Album review: PURUSA – Amnesia

Album review: PERUSA – Amnesia

Prepaid Friends [release date: 01.12.19] This album had a low profile download/streaming-only self-release at the end of last year and has only just come on to my radar. It is a little gem that polishes up 24-carat quality. Pretty much … Continue reading

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Album review: THE UNITY – Pride

Album review: THE UNITY – Pride

Steamhammer/SPV [release date: 13.03.20] As Euro power metal projects go, this third studio album from The Unity passes muster with flying colours. If a mesh of tight production and bombastic musical posturing is your thing, then step in line. And … Continue reading

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Album review: DIRTY SHIRLEY – s/t

Album review: DIRTY SHIRLEY – s/t

Frontiers Music [release date: 20.01.20] Yep. George Lynch has pretty much nailed this. Dirty Shirley is a rich and classy hard rock album that holds the ‘80’s/early ‘90’s template tight to its chest, but offers enough twists and turns to keep … Continue reading

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Gig review: ALTER BRIDGE – O2 Arena, London, 21 December 2019

Gig review: ALTER BRIDGE/Shinedown – O2 Arena, London, 21 December 2019

Oh, what to make of Shinedown. Despite their second-billing on this tour, the multi-million selling Floridian quartet smashed out their anthemic tunes to an enthusiastic O2 Arena. The music mostly went down well. My problem is Brent Smith’s grandstanding audience participation … Continue reading

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Gig review: PETE WAY BAND – Camden Underworld, 24 October 2019

Gig review: Pete Way Band - Camden Underworld, 24 October 2019

Everyone wants to be a lead singer these days. Burnt Out Wreck, who emerged to the bouncy theme music from the kids’ TV programme ‘Rhubarb and Custard’, are fronted by Gary Moat who used to be the drummer in Heavy Pettin’. … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE WATERBOYS – Auditorio Burjassot, Valencia, Spain, 28 June 2019

Gig review: THE WATERBOYS - Auditorio Burjassot, Valencia, Spain, 28 June 2019

If the legend that is Andy Nathan can report on an AOR convention from Sweden, surely, I can cover The Waterboys from Spain… This outdoor arena on the outskirts of Valencia was a steeply banked affair with a rigid cantilevered roof open … Continue reading

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Gig review: TESLA – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 16 June 2019

Gig review: TESLA – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 16 June 2019

No surprise to see a healthy crowd in on this damp Sunday evening to see Wayward Sons. The band has been cutting a noteworthy profile since its establishment in 2016 and already a second album is in the can. ‘Don’t … Continue reading

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Gig review: CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL – Camden Town, London, 1-2 June 2019

Gig review: CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL – Camden Town, London, 1-2 June 2019

This annual gathering, wedged tightly into the crammed streets of central north London, has been on the go since 2009. It started with 25 bands and 5 venues. This year over 400 acts will be appearing across 20 stages. Saturday … Continue reading

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Album review: DIAMOND HEAD – The Coffin Train

Diamond Head - The Coffin Train

Silver Lining Music [release date: 24.05.19] Ah, the enigma that is Diamond Head. The band who are rightly regarded as pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal; and who inspired the first wave of thrash in the shape … Continue reading

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Album review: HOLLOWSTAR

HOLLOWSTAR

www.hollowstar.co.uk [Release date: 03.05.19] This is a full debut album from four-piece hard rockers Hollowstar, who have previously put out only a couple of EPs up until this point. The album has been worth the wait. It serves up a … Continue reading

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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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