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Quick plays: EZOO, KAI HANSEN & FRIENDS

EZOO Feeding the Beast earMUSIC [Release date 02.06.17] Graham Bonnet has been very busy of late with his own Graham Bonnet Band releasing a studio and live album and now this, Ezoo which features guitarist Dario Mollo (Voodoo Hill/Tony Martin). … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE STONE ROSES – Wembley Stadium, 17 June 2017

For a band that have still only managed to release two albums (and one of those pretty underwhelming), whose singer is hardly renowned for having the strongest vocals in the world, and whose members spent the majority of the past … Continue reading

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Album review: CAPTAIN BEYOND – Lost And Found 1972–1973

Cleopatra [Release date 02.06.17] Somewhat of a trans-Atlantic supergroup in their day, Captain Beyond formed in 1971 and originally featured guitarist Larry Rhino Reinhardt and bassist Lee Dorman (both of Iron Butterfly), original Deep Purple vocalist Rod Evans (wanting to … Continue reading

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Album review: RIOT – Reissues

Metal Blade [Release date 30.06.17] Riot are a US heavy metal band that formed in the mid 70s and came to the fore in the late 70s and early 80s, before moving into a more power metal direction. The band … Continue reading

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Album review: DIAMOND HEAD – Death and Progress/Evil Live

Dissonance Diamond Head were at the forefront of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, and were influential on many, most notably Metallica, who covered several Diamond Head tracks, most famously Am I Evil. Formed in the West Midlands in … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE, TUESDAY THE SKY

THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE Under Your Spell

THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE Under Your Spell Metropolis Records [Release date 09.06.17] I first came across the Birthday Massacre with last year’s enjoyable ‘Imagica’ album, which was a reworking of some of their earlier songs, so was looking forward to hearing new … Continue reading

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Album review: IT – We’re All In This Together

IT - We

Progressive Gears Records [Release date 01.03.17] This is the fifth album by IT and judging by this album I have some catching up to do. IT is the mastermind of Nick Jackson and Andy Rowberry, with the band completed by James Hawkins … Continue reading

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Album review: REX BROWN – Smoke On This

REX BROWN - Smoke On This

[Release date 28.07.17] Judge a book by its cover at your peril, especially when that man is former Pantera/Down bass-slinger turned six-stringer, Rex Brown – who comes off an entire life of rocking the road with a firm vow to … Continue reading

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Album review: RADIATION ROMEOS – S/T

RADIATION ROMEOS - S/T

Frontiers [Release date 02.06.17] Radiation Romeos is the new band featuring former Warrior and Steve Stevens’ Atomic Playboys vocalist Parramore McCarty – the band name comes from the Atomic Playboys album. He is joined by Dag Heyne (guitars), Jogi Spittka … Continue reading

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Album review: ALESTORM – No Grave But The Sea

ALESTORM - No Grave But The Sea

Napalm Records [Release date 26.05.17] Pirate metal heroes Alestorm are back to wreck havoc! If you have not heard the folk metal shenanigans of Alestorm you really are missing out. They weave many a piratical and sea faring tale, taking … Continue reading

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Gig review: BOOTLEG BEATLES – Royal Albert Hall, 1 June 2017

BOOTLEG BEATLES - Royal Albert Hall, 1 June 2017

The Bootleg Beatles were performing tonight with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic albums of all time, ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. The sold out Royal Albert Hall providing … Continue reading

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Quick plays: WILL LUDFORD, DAUDI MATSIKO

WILL LUDFORD Addicted

WILL LUDFORD Addicted Big Buzzard Songs Blues guitarist Will Ludford has worked in the past with Joe Meek, met George Harrison and jammed with Jimi Hendrix – not a bad musical CV! ‘Addicted’ has a distinctive 60′s feel to the music, … Continue reading

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Book review: THOMAS DOLBY – The Speed of Sound

THOMAS DOLBY - The Speed of Sound

Icon Books www.iconbooks.co.uk [Published 08.06.17] Thomas Morgan Robertson become Thomas Dolby after his friends named him after the famous Dolby noise reduction device found on many 70′s and 80′s sound systems. Most will know the name for his early 80′s … Continue reading

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Interview: UNCLE SID (Dale Salive)

Uncle Sid

Uncle Sid are back and have released their latest, self-titled album. Here we catch-up with founding member and drummer Dale Salive… What have Uncle Sid been up to in the past year? Hi GRTR!, for the most part we’ve just … Continue reading

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Interview: ORDEN OGAN

ORDEN OGAN

GRTR! recently caught up with Orden Ogan’s Dirk and Seeb ahead of the band’s upcoming album, ‘Gunmen’ which is released on AFM Records on July 7. The ‘Gunman’ video is very good indeed and will the storyline be carried onto the next … Continue reading

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Album review: 42 DECIBEL – Overloaded

42 DECIBEL – Overloaded

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 23.06.17] When a band lists their influences as pretty much “Aussie Rock”, there’s no mistaking what’s going to be in that tin. And whaddya know…? Ditties about venereal disease, booze, loose women and fighting abound on the … Continue reading

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Album review: THE AMORETTES – Haulin’ Ass

THE AMORETTES – Haulin’ Ass

[Release date 16.06.17] This is exactly what happens when testosterone bleeds across gender boundaries – three gal-rockers from Edinburgh, cunningly calling themselves The Amorettes – a cutesy name which suggests a motown-era backing group type deal….which they definitely ain’t !! … Continue reading

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Gig review: FAIRPORT CONVENTION – Union Chapel, London, 27 May 2017

Fairport Convention - Cropredy, 13-15 August 2015

Folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention have never been a band to shy away from celebrating their own legacy. When they decided to split in 1979 they held a big outdoor farewell gig in Cropredy, Oxfordshire that proved so successful they decided … Continue reading

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Gig review: MATT ANDERSEN – Borderline, London, 25 May 2017

MATT ANDERSEN – Borderline, London, 25 May 2017

Pete Feenstra chatted to Matt Andersen for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in March 2017, playing tracks from the album ‘Honest Man’ (57:00) My first time at the Borderline since its recent refurbishment and it was … Continue reading

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Album review: HAREM SCAREM – United

HAREM SCAREM - United

Frontiers [Release date 12.05.17] This is Harem Scarem’s second album since reuniting back in 2013 – three if you count their re-recording of their classic ‘Mood Swings’ album they did to get back their ownership of the songs. Original members … Continue reading

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