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Album review: DIRTY WHITE BOYZ – Down And Dirty

Escape Music www.escape-music.com [Release date 24.03.17] Not the classic one album band from the late 80′s featuring Earl Slick and David Glenn Eisley, this is a new band and they have a ‘z’ on the end of their name. The … Continue reading

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EP review: IMPAVIDUS – Eradication Of Mankind

www.facebook.com/impavidusuk/ [Release date 29.03.17] Now the GRTR! reviewer who penned a glowing review of Impavidus’s debut EP has now left, so it is my delicate ears taking on the sounds of Impavidus. They are like the aural equivalent of being … Continue reading

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Album review: JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE – He Saw It Comin’

[Release date 27.01.17] Having really liked Great White’s last album “Elation” I was somewhat wary of hearing former frontman Jack Russell’s version of the band and their new album “He Saw It Comin’”.  I shouldn’t have been- the record finds Russell … Continue reading

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Album review: STEPHEN PEARCY – Smash

Frontiers [Release date 27.01.17] “Smash” is the latest solo album from Stephen Pearcy and it really is hard not to draw comparison with Ratt as the band’s frontman is really back at his best here. The 13 track album opens … Continue reading

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Album review: KESTON COBBLERS CLUB – Almost Home

[Release date 31.03.17] An intriguing band name, as the band are named after a penniless cobbler who by playing the violin in the local tavern got everybody dancing, thereby wearing out the soles of his customers who of course needed their shoes cobbled by him. … Continue reading

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Album review: ASIA – Symfonia

ASIA - Symfonia

Frontiers [Release date 24.02.17] Normally you’d think “not another live Asia album” as there have been a fair few to date, however this one is tinged with sadness with the sad passing of John Wetton shortly before the release of … Continue reading

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EP review: ELASEA – Lesson Learnt (plus interview)

ELASEA - Lesson Learnt

ELASEA Lesson Learnt www.facebook.com/elaseauk [Release date 17.03.17] Second EP from Elasea and since their debut EP they have added keys/synths to their sound. This EP is produced by John Mitchell (Lonely Robot/Frost*/Arena), so you know the sound will be spot … Continue reading

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Album review: CRAIG FINN – We All Want The Same Things

Partisan Records [Release date 24.03.17] This is the third solo album from the Hold Steady’s frontman Craig Finn and he is joined by fellow Hold Steady member Tad Kubler. Other musicians joining Finn on the album include Caithlin De Marrais … Continue reading

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EP review: FRAGILE THINGS, THOSE WHO KNEW

Fragile Things - Broken Sun

FRAGILE THINGS Broken Sun www.fragilethingsoffical.com Release date [17.02.17] Hailing from Milton Keynes, this four piece band consist of Richie Hevanz (vocals), Mark Hanlon (guitars), Steve Lathwell (bass) and Hugo Bowman (drums). Vocalist Richie Hevanz you may recall from Heaven’s Basement, … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DARKER MY HORIZON – The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell, 11 March 2017

The Darker My Horizon

The Acoustic Couch is a new live music venue in Bracknell, which it has to be said isn’t the easiest to find tucked away under a car park in a back street. Still once inside it is a fair sized … Continue reading

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Album review: JIM LAUDERDALE – London Southern

JIM LAUDERDALE - London Southern

Proper Records [Release date 03.02.17] Jim Lauderdale recently won a lifetime achievement award from the US Amerciana Honors & Awards and is widely respected amongst his contemporaries. He has written songs with George Strait, Elvis Costello, Buddy Miller and John … Continue reading

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Album review: SAMMY HAGAR – This Is Sammy Hagar

SAMMY HAGAR – This Is Sammy Hagar

Mailboat/Membran [Release date 17.03.17] Subtitled ‘Volume One’, this collection collates Sammy Hagar’s solo output from 1999’s ‘Red Voodoo’ through to 2005’s ‘Livin’ It Up’. For fans/collectors there are two new songs plus an outtake mix of ‘Shag’. His band throughout … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MUTE GODS – Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth

THE MUTE GODS - Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth

Inside Out [Release date 24.02.17] The Mute Gods return with their second album and like their debut it looks at the darker side of humanity and how we can’t continue on our current path without devastating consequences. A tardigrade, or … Continue reading

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Album review: LISBEE STAINTON – Then Up

LISBEE STAINTON - Then Up

Marionet Music [Release date 21.04.17] Lisbee Stainton returns with her first new album in three years. Like previous albums she utilises skilled musicians she has worked with either in Seth Lakeman’s band – guitarist Jack Rutter and percussionist Cormac Byrne – or long … Continue reading

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Album review: HELLBOUND HEARTS – Film Noir

HELLBOUND HEARTS - Film Noir

[Release date 07.04.17] Hellbound Hearts are a three-piece hailing from Yorkshire and consist of Danny Lambert (lead vocals/guitar), Craig McLaren (bass/vocals) and Lee Brook (drums/vocals). They have produced a number of EPs and singles previously before releasing, this their debut … Continue reading

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Book review: Somebody to Love: The Life, Death & Legacy of Freddie Mercury

Matt Richards & Mark Langthorne Blink Publishing There have been many books published on both Queen and Freddie Mercury, so why another one and what is its hook? Well the two authors here have included the usual Queen story of … Continue reading

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Single reviews: SHARON LAZIBYRD, EMMA CHARLESTON

SHARON LAZIBYRD – Opium Of The Masses https://www.facebook.com/Sharon-Lazibyrd-324663394401783/ [Release date 24.03.17] ‘Opium of the Masses’ is the latest single from Sharon Lazibyrd, released ahead of her album, ‘Half Shame and Half Glory’ due later this year. It features Sharon on vocals and … Continue reading

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Interview: PHIL LEWIS of L.A. GUNS

GRTR!’s Nikk Gunns catchEs up with Phil Lewis of L.A. Guns to hear about how he reunited with Tracii Guns and the band’s upcoming UK tour dates. You’ve been making music for a while now- sum your career in one … Continue reading

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Album Review: DELICATE STEVE – This is Steve

ANTI- Records Release date 27.01.17] I’m not a lyrics guy. There I’ve said it. It’s always been about the music, and inevitably about the guitar(s). However, I’ve never been convinced that I’m an instrumental guy either. Sure, I’ve got a … Continue reading

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Album review: LIONVILLE – A World Of Fools

Frontiers [Release date 24.02.17] Lionville are back after an extended break (their second album came out in 2012) and they are on a new label as well. Lionville’s main man Stefano Lionetti is still on board, plus Work Of Art’s … Continue reading

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