Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: JK NORTHRUP & DAVID CAGLE – That’s Gonna Leave A Mark

MelodicRock Records [Release date 30.03.18] An interesting match-up here as guitarist JK Northrup is well known to hard rock fans for his work with King Kobra, Paul Shortino et al, however vocalist David Cagle will be a new name and boy does he have a rocking good vocal! … Continue reading

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Album review: AMMUNITION- S/T

Release Date 26.01.18 Ammunition are something of a supergroup among the thriving Scandinavian melodic rock scene, with their members having pedigree with various bands, notably main songwriters Age Sten Nielsen, former singer with WigWam who were early standard bearers for … Continue reading

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Album review: REVERTIGO

Frontiers [Release date 23.02.18] Revertigo is a Swedish duo comprising Mats Levén on vocals (Therion, Candlemass, Yngwie Malmsteen) and Anders Wikström (Treat) on guitar. Long-term friends and occasional collaborators Revertigo is the name of their new project together. The duo … Continue reading

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Album review: NINEBARROW – The Waters & The Wild

NINEBARROW - The Waters & The Wild

[Release date 20.04.18] Ninebarrow hail from Dorset (the duo’s name comes from Nine Barrow Down in the Purbeck hills) comprised of Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere. On this, their third album, they use an outside producer for the first time … Continue reading

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Album review: JOSH ROUSE – Love In The Modern Age

JOSH ROUSE - Love In The Modern Age

Yep Roc Records [Release date 13.04.18] Josh Rouse has been recording and writing songs for twenty years now, mainly in the folk, pop and Americana musical arenas and now on this album it seems him trading in his acoustic guitar for a … Continue reading

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Album review: FOREIGNER – With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

FOREIGNER - With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

earMUSIC [Release date 27.04.18] 2-CD As rock gets old, anniversaries and special editions are the order of the day.  I can’t see the current crop of younger rock bands having this luxury 40, or even 25, years on.  But, for … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TRACK DOGS, ULTAN CONLON

TRACK DOGS - Kansas City Out Groove

TRACK DOGS Kansas City Out Groove Mondegreen Records [Release date 01.06.18] Made up of two Irishmen, an Englishman and an American (no, it’s not the opening line of a joke), Track Dogs came together in 2011 when the four folk … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK SEDAN – Adventure Lit Their Star

 BLACK SEDAN - Adventure Lit Their Star

[Release 15.06.18] A ‘collective’ project ‘orchestrated’ by journalist/author/publisher Mark Hodkinson, sees him bring together five vocalists and upwards of 30 contributing musicians to create an eclectic and challenging record.  A bit like walking into an indie record shop and going … Continue reading

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Album review: SUBSIGNAL – La Muerta

SUBSIGNAL - La Muerta

Gentle Art Of Music [26.05.18] Or, translated to English – The Dead, by German progressive rock outfit Subsignal. Their fifth studio outing, I was expecting something a bit ‘blitzkrieg’, but was pleasantly surprised to find that despite some modestly aggressive … Continue reading

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Album review: WEEND’O – Time Of Awakening

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Sonicbond [Release date 25.04.18] Prog – metal.  Umm.  I don’t mind a bit of the former, but, for me, metal needs to be tempered with a healthy dose of melody to float my boat.  And decent female vocals don’t go … Continue reading

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Album review: LAURENCE JONES – The Truth

LAURENCE JONES – The Truth

Top Stop Music [Release date: 09.03.18] ‘The Truth’ is Laurence Jones’s fifth album and it finds him taking a brave leap of faith into commercial waters with the emphasis firmly on songs. It’s an album that finds him diversifying his … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE DARK LIGHT, MOOD GROOVE, GREG RUSSELL & CIARAN ALGAR

THE DARK LIGHT - Keep Off The Grass

THE DARK LIGHT Keep Off The Grass [Release date 06.04.18] The Dark Light formed in 2015 and this is their debut album with a line-up consisting of Gerrard Edwards (vocals), Henning Brand (drums), Roberto Cicorella (guitars), Sonny Moylan (guitars) and … Continue reading

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Album review: DEATH BY UNGA BUNGA – So Far, So Good, So Cool

DEATH BY UNGA BUNGA – So Far, So Good, So Cool

Jansen [Release date 06.04.18] I reviewed Norway’s Death By Unga Bunga’s last album ‘Pineapple Pizza’ back in 2016, which was an enjoyable mix of Cheap Trick meets garage rock. Now on the band’s fifth album they bounce back with another … Continue reading

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Album review: LA GUNS – Made In Milan

LA GUNS - Made In Milan

Frontiers [Release date 23.03.18] The last two years have been nothing short of stunning for L.A Guns who have breathed new life back into the band and following last year’s “Missing Peace” album, we now have new live album “Made … Continue reading

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Album review: DIZZY REED – Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Easy

DIZZY REED - Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Easy

Golden Robot Records [16.02.18] Dizzy Reed is better known as the keyboard player, and second longest serving member, of Guns n’ Roses (after Axl Rose himself, of course) having joined the band in 1990. “Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Easy” is … Continue reading

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Album review: RAVEN – Wiped Out

RAVEN - Wiped Out

Dissonance Productions [Release date 27.04.18] Formed in the north of England in the mid 70s by brothers John (bass, and vocals) and Mark (guitar) Gallagher, Raven were a trio associated with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Playing what … 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: COLIN CARTER – One

COLIN CARTER - One

The first ever solo album by one-time vocalist with prog rockers Flash.  This was a band who shared some similarities with early Yes not least because their guitarist Peter Banks was the original Yes guitarist.  Sadly Banks died in 2013 … Continue reading

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Album review: SPIRIT – It Shall Be (The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972)

SPIRIT - It Shall Be (The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972)

Esoteric [Release date: 16.03.18] Life is not fair. Were it to be, this 60′s US outfit would be up there along with the much-feted likes of fellow West Coast time-liners, Love. Yes, ‘Forever Changes’ is a wonderful album; in this … Continue reading

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Album review: GUS G – Fearless

GUS G - Fearless

AFM Records [Release date 20.04.18] Gus G will always be quizzed about his tenure with Ozzy’s touring band and the return of Zakk Wylde.  But, in the grand scheme of things, the Ozzy episode will eventually assume more normal proportions … Continue reading

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