Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: Catfish – Exile – Live In Lockdown

Catfish - Exile Live In Lockdown

Self release [Release date 01.12.20] With their first gig in 5 months, with no rehearsals, a new drummer in Kev Hickman and just their own frisson to feed the adrenalin for a live stream, Catfish join the ranks of bands … Continue reading

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Album review: IRON MASK – Master Of Masters

IRON MASK – Master Of Masters

AFM Records [Release date 05.12.20] For those who live and work outside Power Metal territory, bands like Iron Mask sound much like every other Power Metal band. When you’re on the inside though, perspective comes easy. Different musical styles readily … Continue reading

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Album review: THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND – Live At The Nassau Coliseum, May 4 1979

THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND - Live At The Nassau Coliseum, May 4 1979

Floating World Singer, songwriter, guitarist and violinist Charlie Daniels, who sadly left us last year, was a pioneer in that he brought together country, blues, bluegrass, rhythm’n’blues and southern rock. A kind of centre point, it’s not until you listen … Continue reading

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Album review: DRAGONY – Viribus Unitis

Dragony

Napalm Records [Release date 15.01.21] This is the 4th album from the Austrian Power metal crew Dragony and it is a tale from the glorious days of empire when Emperor Franz Joseph ruled. However, this is no straightforward, boring history lesson … Continue reading

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Album review: SORCERESS OF SIN – Mirrored Revenge

SORCERESS OF SIN – Mirrored Revenge

Bandcamp [Release date 27.11.20] Sorceress Of Sin formed in 2020 in Cambridge, based around vocalist/lyricist Lisa Skinner and her husband, drummer Paul Skinner. By day they run a post office but after hours they go all power metal! Joining them … Continue reading

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Album review: CREYE – II

CREYE – II

Frontiers [Release date 22.01.21] Second album from Creye, a Swedish band founded by Andreas Gullstrand, now fronted by new vocalist, August Rauer. Sweden has been the lightning rod for AOR and melodic rock since the eighties, delivering up aspiring band … Continue reading

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Album review: PHANTOM ELITE – Titanium

PHANTOM ELITE – Titanium

Frontiers Records (Release date 22/01/21) On their second album now, Phantom Elite grew from the seeds of an HDK tour band, embracing Progressive Rock, Contemporary Metal and Symphonic Rock, evolving into what we see today. Fronted by Marina (Avantasia) La … Continue reading

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Album review: WIGWAM – Never Say Die

WIGWAM – Never Say Die

Frontiers Records [Release date 22.01.21] Much of today’s melodic rock’n’roll has degenerated into pro-tooled, prefabricated, flatpack assembly blandness. So it’s a genuine joy to hear Wigwam’s Never Say Die, their first release since reforming in 2020. It’s a relentless powerhouse … Continue reading

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Album review: RIVERSIDE – Out Of Myself (Re-issue)

RIVERSIDE

Inside Out [Release Date: 12.02.21] Riverside have developed, album upon album, into one of the finest progressive rock bands on the planet, with albums such as ‘Love, Fear And The Time Machine’, ‘Shrine Of New Generation Slaves’ and ‘Wasteland’ garnering … Continue reading

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Album review: THE GALILEO 7 – Decayed

THE GALILEO 7 – Decayed

Bandcamp Medway’s finest, fronted by Allan Crockford (ex-Prisoners), mark their tenth anniversary as a band with a limited edition album containing studio recordings of some of their favourite cover versions that have featured in their live set over the years. … Continue reading

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Quick plays: AUTUMN’S CHILD, ALABAMA SLIM, LONELY THE BRAVE

AUTUMN’S CHILD - Angel’s Gate

AUTUMN’S CHILD Angel’s Gate AOR Heaven [Release date 26.02.21] Mikael Erlandsson used to release albums like clockwork (every January) with Last Autumn’s Dream and now his new band Autumn’s Child are back with album number two, a year after the … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMIE’S GUNS – Jamie’s Guns

JAMIE'S GUNS - Jamie's Guns

I picked this album up as Jamie’s Guns had shared it on NWOCR Facebook group, I had a half listen while I was working, to the initial track “Whiplash”, stopped what I was doing, immediately played the album in its … Continue reading

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Album review: MO FOSTER & FRIENDS – In Concert

Mo Foster & Friends - In Concert

A Mo Foster interview special will be broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 31 January 18:00 GMT followed by “Favourite Tracks from Favourite Artists’ on Monday 1 February, 16:00 GMT. Right Track Records [Release date 21.03.21] Mo … Continue reading

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Album review: HENRIK FREISCHLADER – Missing Pieces

Henrik Freischlader - Missing Pieces

Cable Car Records [Release date 04.12.20] Henrik Freischlader returns with ‘Missing Pieces’ another exquisitely woven blues album full of restrained playing, whispered sprechgesang and deep blues. The album title could almost refer to his own artistry, which though full of musical … Continue reading

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Album review: VOODOO CIRCLE – Locked & Loaded

VOODDO CIRCLE - Locked & Loaded

AFM Records [Release date 15.01.21] Locked & Loaded is Voodoo Circle’s love letter to Led Zeppelin and Whitesnake. We should all be delighted that Alex Beyrodt got the band back together again. The classic line up, we mean. The team … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Live albums

BLUE OYSTER CULT - A Long Day's Night

Frontiers Records [Release date 04.12.20] Even when hearing familiar Blue Oyster Cult material performed live, you are reminded of just how different they are to all in their peer group. These two live recordings are densely packed with reasons that … Continue reading

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Album review: EDENBRIDGE – The Chronicles of Eden Part 2

EDENBRIDGE – The Chronicles of Eden Part 2

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 15.01.21] Second best of from symphonic metal band Edenbridge, with this volume drawn from their studio albums 5-10. Edenbridge, who have been around now for over twenty years, revolve around original members vocalist Sabine Edelsbacher and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist … Continue reading

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Album review: THE RODS – Expanded Remasters

THE RODS - In The Raw

In The Raw, The Rods Live, Let Them Eat Metal Rock Candy’s remastered & reissued programme often serves to bring a deserving band (and album) to a new audience. The Rods are the perfect example. Their eighties’ albums were in … Continue reading

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Album review: TED & MAJELLA – Divine Timing (Ted Turner, ex-Wishbone Ash)

TED & MAJELLA - Divine Timing

www.tedturnerandmajella.com [Release date 21.12.20] Ted Turner is best known as the one time original guitar slinger in Wishbone Ash with whom he remained until 1974 and then on and off until 1994. Ted reappeared in 2018 together with his partner … Continue reading

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Album review: HUMBLE PIE – The Atlanta Years

HUMBLE PIE - The Atlanta Years

Store For Music [Release date 11.12.20] Steve Marriott is best remembered in the UK as the front man for the Small Faces . Also rememberd by many as Britain’s best blue eyed soul singer, and not least for his songwriting … Continue reading

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