Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: ALAN PARSONS – The Secret

ALAN PARSONS – The Secret

Frontiers [Release date 26.04.19] ‘The Secret’ is the fifth solo album by Alan Parsons, some fifteen years after his last solo album ‘A Valid Path’. Magic provides a theme throughout the album with the Alan Parsons Live Project band members … Continue reading

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Quick plays: NITRATE, HOWARD JONES

NITRATE - Open Wide

NITRATE Open Wide AOR Heaven [Release date 21.06.19] Hot on the heels of last year’s enjoyable debut album ‘Real World’, Nitrate are back with album number two. The core duo of Nick Hogg (bass, guitars, keyboards) and Midnite City’s Rob … Continue reading

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Album review: HEADLINE MANIAC – The Chronicles of Dr. Leddfoot

HEADLINE MANIAC - The Chronicles of Dr. Leddfoot

3MS Music [Release date 12.07.19] “The Chronicles of Dr. Leddfoot” is the second album from Headline Maniac, the band whose members include Ian “Dipster” Dean, Simon Howley and Chris Taylor of Eddie & The Hot Rods fame. The album tells … Continue reading

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Album review: FORLORN HOPE – Over The Hills

FORLORN HOPE - Over The Hills

[Release date 26.07.19] Inspired and informed by the Peninsular War of 1807-1814 when “master of Europe” Napoleon faced six years of hostility from Britain, Spain and Portugal. ‘Over The Hills’ doesn’t compromise. While some albums work on two levels and … Continue reading

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Album review: GLITTER MACHINE – Hanging Out For Fame

GLITTER MACHINE - Hanging Out For Fame

Pete Feenstra chatted to Glitter Machine’s John McKeown on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio with tracks from the new album (Sunday 19 May, 20:00 GMT) Two Nine Records [Release date 15.03.19] Glitter Machine is an art rock band that embraces … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK PAISLEY – Perennials

BLACK PAISLEY - Perennials

[Release date 27.09.18] If you are a fan of the likes of Vandenberg’s MoonKings or MTV era Whitesnake then you are going to love “Perennials”, the new album from Sweden’s Black Paisley. Following on from 2017’s “Late Bloomer” debut, this … Continue reading

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Album review: BURNING RAIN – Face the Music

BURNING RAIN- Face the Music

Release Date 22.03.19 Burning Rain have had a rather stop start career, this being their fourth release but only the second since 2001. In that time guitarist Doug Aldrich has raised his profile with stints with Dio, Whitesnake and latterly … Continue reading

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Album review: WHITESNAKE – Flesh & Blood

WHITESNAKE - Flesh & Blood

Frontiers [Release date 10.05.19] You have to hand it to Mr. Coverdale.  He could be forgiven, at the age of 67, for retiring to his Nevada estate contemplating his career and his royalty cheques.  But, no, even though this is … Continue reading

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Album review: SOTO – Origami

SOTO - Origami

Inside Out [Release date 24.05.19] Jeff Scott Soto is a busy man with his solo albums, Sons Of Apollo, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, W.E.T. and of course the band SOTO (I am thinking the use of capitals is to differentiate from the … Continue reading

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Album review: FRAUDPROPHETS – Poptosis

FRAUDPROPHETS - Poptosis

www.fraudprophets.com [Release date 03.06.19] Looking at the cover, you could be forgiven thinking that Fraudprophets are the latest post-punk wannabes.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  This is an album of mostly cool jazz fusion grooves. If we’re looking … Continue reading

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Album review: EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER – The Anthology 1970-1998 (4-LP Box set)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The Anthology 1970-1998 (4-LP Box set)

David Randall chatted to Carl Palmer for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in June 2018.  This hour special features a selection of ELP tracks plus Atomic Rooster and Asia. BMG [Release date 31.05.19] The big labels must be laughing again, … Continue reading

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Album review: HOLLOWSTAR

HOLLOWSTAR

www.hollowstar.co.uk [Release date: 03.05.19] This is a full debut album from four-piece hard rockers Hollowstar, who have previously put out only a couple of EPs up until this point. The album has been worth the wait. It serves up a … Continue reading

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Album review: RITCHIE DAVE PORTER – Fast Train Rollin’

RITCHIE DAVE PORTER - Fast Train Rollin

Self Release [Release date 01.05.19] Ritchie Dave Porter is back with another slice of his unique serene calmness and emotional honesty, as he takes us on an autobiographical acoustic blues journey to the red button of the recording studio. From … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DUNCAN LLOYD, HARDLINE

DUNCAN LLOYD - Outside Notion

DUNCAN LLOYD Outside Notion Afternoon In Bed [Release date 24.05.19] Third solo outing from Maximo Park’s guitarist and main songwriter Duncan Lloyd, one that sees a marked departure from his last album. This time it is less alternative rock, more … Continue reading

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Album review: AFFAIRE – Less Ain’t More

AFFAIRE - Less Ain’t More

Perris Records [Release date 19.04.19] Since releasing their debut single in 2011, Portuguese band Affaire have stuck to their guns and delivered uncompromising 80’s style hard rock. New album “Less Ain’t More” follows in the footsteps of the band’s 2015 … Continue reading

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Album review: REBECCA DOWNES – More Sinner Than Saint

REBECCA DOWNES – More Sinner Than Saint

Mad Hat Records [Release date 24.05.19] This is Rebecca Downes third studio album and one with a more straight ahead rock sound, although she still digs into the blues on some songs. All the songs were written by Downes and … Continue reading

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Album review: ALLIANCE – Fire and Grace

ALLIANCE – Fire and Grace

Escape Music [Release date 24.05.19] Robert Berry (vocals, bass, keyboards), Boston guitarist Gary Pihl and drummer David Lauser (Sammy Hagar), are back with a new Alliance album – their first in ten years. Only missing from the previous albums is … Continue reading

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Album review: KINGDOM COME – Classic Album Collection

KINGDOM COME - Classic Album Collection

Caroline International [Release date 17.05.19] American/German rock band Kingdom Come formed in the mid 80s, and are perhaps best known for their debut’s comparison to Led Zeppelin. A little unfair, maybe, but it is their best known and biggest seller. … Continue reading

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Album review: AMERICA – Classic Album Collection

AMERICA - Classic Album Collection

Caroline International [Release date 24.05.19] Formed in London, UK in 1970, this Anglo American group originally consisted of Deway Bunnell, Dan Peek and Gerry Beckley, who met as of US Air Force personnel stationed in London, where they began performing … Continue reading

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Album review: ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION – The Polydor Years

ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION - The Polydor Years

Caroline Records [Release date 31.05.19] Formed in Georgia, USA, 1970, the Atlanta Rhythm Section (at least initially) a southern rock band, albeit with a touch more MOR and blue-eyed soul. The original line-up was Rodney Justo (vocals), Barry Bailey (guitar), … Continue reading

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