Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Quick plays: MATT MITCHELL & THE COLD HEARTS, A NEW REVENGE

MATT MITCHELL & THE COLD HEARTS Independent [Release date 19.04.19] Matt Mitchell has fronted AOR band Pride, the more metal flavoured Furyon and then Colour Of Noise, who featured former Little Angels guitarist Bruce John Dickinson. Now Matt Mitchell is … Continue reading

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Album review: TORA TORA – Bastards of Beale

TORA TORA - Bastards of Beale

Frontiers [Release date 22.02.19] Since the release of their debut album back in 1989, Memphis’ Tora Tora have been (albeit with a 14 year hiatus thanks to the shifting musical landscape) bringing us some great blues based rock n roll … Continue reading

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Album review: JOURNEY – Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers

JOURNEY - Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers

Eagle Vision/Universal [Release date 29.03.19] In 2017 Journey played the Budokan arena in Japan for a special show where they played two of their classic albums – 1981′s ‘Escape’ and 1983′s ‘Frontiers’ – in their entirety and recorded the show, … Continue reading

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Album review: KEITH HOWE – That’s The Vibe

Keith Howe - That

Self release [Release date 31.01.19] Former Blacktop Deluxe leader Keith Howe’s decision to cut a solo album is well justified on an coherent and free flowing set of songs that mixes understated power with subtle textures. ‘That’s The Vibe’ taps … Continue reading

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Album review: DATURA4 – Blessed Is The Boogie

[Release date 05.04.19] And on the Seventh Day, the Lord rested and as he hitched up his robes and popped the top off a long-neck, he was heard to utter “Blessed Is The Boogie”…and thereafter, the boogie was indeed blessed … Continue reading

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Album review: BECKY MILLS – Tall Tales and Home Truths

BECKY MILLS – Tall Tales and Home Truths

Talking Elephant [Release date 26.04.19] Becky Mills was part of the all girl folk band Waking the Witch, who split-up in 2008. After the band’s break-up Becky Mills released her debut solo album ‘Dandelion’ back in 2013. This new album … Continue reading

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Album review: GARY HOEY – Neon Highway Blues

GARY HOEY – Neon Highway Blues

Pete Feenstra chatted to Gary Hoey in March 2019 for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio playing tracks from the new album. Provogue [Release date 15.03.19] Gary Hoey has forged his own musical path since the early 90′s as a best … Continue reading

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Album review: MARTIE PETERS GROUP – Unfinished Business

MARTIE PETERS GROUP – Unfinished Business

MelodicRock Records [Release date 15.03.19] Martie Peters is back after a ten-year absence from the hard rock scene with a new album and record label. Joining him is long time Martie Peters Group bassist Bent “BJ” Joergensen, plus Eric Ragno … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MUTE GODS – Atheists and Believers

THE MUTE GODS – Atheists and Believers

Inside Out [Release date 22.03.19] The core line-up of Nick Beggs (vocals, bass) , Roger King (keyboards) and Marco Minnemann (drums) – all three play guitar as well – are joined by guests including Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, drummer Craig … Continue reading

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Quick plays: STARBREAKER, WEST BOUND

STARBREAKER Dysphoria

STARBREAKER Dysphoria Frontiers [Release date 25.01.19] Third album from the Starbreaker project featuring Primal Fear guitarist Magnus Karlsson and former TNT vocalist Tony Harnell. It has been awhile as their second album was released back in 2008. With Tony Harnell’s … Continue reading

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Album review: TRISHULA – Scared To Breathe

TRISHULA – Scared To Breathe

AOR Heaven [Release date 29.03.19] Neil Fraser (Ten, Rage Of Angels, Tony Mills) is the brains behind Trishula, where he handles guitars, bass and keyboards. He is joined by vocalist Jason Morgan and drummer Joao Colac, both of whom Neil … Continue reading

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Album review: PHIL VINCENT – Hypocrite

PHIL VINCENT – Hypocrite

Rock Company [Release date 27.02.19] Hot on the heels of the recently released second album from Cranston, Phil Vincent releases his twenty first solo album. Yes that’s right, 21 solo albums in addition to his work on the aforementioned Cranston, … Continue reading

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Album review: ELLES BAILEY – Road I Call Home

Outlaw Music [Release date 08.03.19] After attracting a slew of favourable reviews with her debut album, 2017′s ‘Wildfire’, the Bristol-based singer-songwriter Elles Bailey is back with a follow-up. Like its predecessor, recorded primarily in Nashville’ Road I Call Home’ is … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBIN TROWER – Coming Closer To The Day

ROBIN TROWER – Coming Closer To The Day

Provogue [Release date 22.03.19] Robin Trower’s conceptually titled ‘Coming Closer To The Day’ offers a big clue as to the introspective nature of an album on which his guitar playing makes the biggest impact. His vocal are a problem. He … Continue reading

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Album review: SPINOUT UK – My Kind Of People

SPINOUT UK – My Kind Of People

Self release [Release date 18.01.19] From Len Surtees subtly thumbed bass notes on opening ‘Field Of Fire’, to Gary Roberts evocative vocals throughout an album framed by a lush production with a big wall of sound, Spinout UK make an … Continue reading

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Album review: SPIRITS OF FIRE

Frontiers [Release date 22.2.19] Spirits Of Fire is the new outfit fronted by ex-Judas Priest singer Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens. A supergroup of sorts the project brings together Owens (ex-Judas Priest, Iced Earth), guitarist Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), bassist Steve … Continue reading

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Album review: AARON BUCHANAN & THE CULT CLASSICS – The Man With Stars On His Knees

AARON BUCHANAN & THE CULT CLASSICS - The Man With Stars On His Knees

Pete Feenstra chatted to Aaron Buchanan for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in February 2019.  This hour special discusses his music with tracks from the album ‘The Man With Stars On His Knees’ (Special Edition) Listenable Records [Release date 22.02.19] … Continue reading

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Album review: TOBY HITCHCOCK – Reckoning

TOBY HITCHCOCK - Reckoning

Frontiers [Release Date 25.01.19] Best known as the man who brings Jim Peterik’s songs to life in Pride of Lions, this is Toby Hitchcock’s second solo album. His first way back in 2013 was written by the prolific Erik Martensson … Continue reading

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Album review: APE SHIFTER – II

APE SHIFTER - II

Brainstorm Records [Release date 29.03.19] This trio from Germany released their debut in 2017 .  ‘II’ continues the guitar driven hard rock instrumental vibe.  Opener ‘Gravity’ gives a fair impression of the album as a whole, decidedly retro with classic … Continue reading

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Album review: KINETIC ELEMENT – The Face Of Life

KINETIC ELEMENT - The Face Of Life

Melodic Revolution Records Great, just what we need – another bunch of old buffers, sorry, I mean proggers, flogging early Genesis/Yes inspired symphonic prog.  The latter, in particular. To be fair, the Richmond, Virginia based band – formed by veteran … Continue reading

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