Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: FEDERAL CHARM – Passenger

FEDERAL CHARM – Passenger

Wire Sound Records [Release date 14.09.18] Federal Charm’s fourth album finds them with a significant line-up change featuring new singer Tom Guyer and drummer Josh Zahler. Lead guitarist Paul Bowe and solid bassist LD Morawski continue to be part of … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OCTOBER – I Hope You’re Happy

BLUE OCTOBER - I Hope You

Up/Down-Brando Records [Release date 17.08.18] Blue October return with their ninth album with expectations high after the excellent ‘Home’ album released in 2016.  Vocalist and main songwriter Justin Furstenfeld is in a happy place in his personal life being a proud and … Continue reading

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Album review: SUNSTORM- The Road to Hell

(Release Date 08.06.18) The Sunstorm studio projects, now over a decade old, can be viewed in two distinct phases. A vehicle for legendary singer Joe Lynn Turner, the first three records were a showcase for his more AOR side with … Continue reading

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Album review: TAS CRU – Memphis Song

Tas Cru - Memphis Song

Subcat Records [Release date 01.06.18] Tas Cru is a blues artist and an observatory story teller for whom the combination of songcraft, feel and an underlying groove are sacrosanct. He also leaves plenty of room for quirky lyrics, ironic humour … Continue reading

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Album review: DELTA LADIES – Hillbilly Trance Remastered And Expanded

DELTA LADIES – Hillbilly Trance Remastered And Expanded

Self release [Release date 01.08.18] The fact that the Delta Ladies have re-mastered and expanded their 2016 ‘Hillbilly Trance’ album suggests they think they are on to a good thing. And they are not wrong. They have expanded their folk … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MAGPIE SALUTE – High Water 1

THE MAGPIE SALUTE - High Water 1

Mascot Label Group [Release date 10.08.18] Saluting the magpie is an old English country tradition meant to ward off unsavory events or bad tidings and is, by extension, a symbolic gesture of “coming in peace”. Delving into the background of … Continue reading

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Album review: GERRY JABLONSKI AND THE ELECTRIC BAND – Live At The Blue Note

GERRY JABLONSKI AND THE ELECTRIC BAND – Live At The Blue Note

GJB Records [Release date 23.07.18] If ‘Live At The Blue Note’ evokes a Manhattan jazz club then the opening track  ‘Sherry Dee’, from Gerry Jablonski And The Electric Band second live album in 2 years, quickly suggest otherwise. It’s a … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEN KUNDER, STONE THE CROWS (Best of)

BEN KUNDER - Better Human

BEN KUNDER Better Human Comino Music [Release date 28.08.18] Toronto singer songwriter’s Ben Kunder’s 2015 debut Golden might have been ‘critically acclaimed’ but that doesn’t appear to have translated to a great deal of public interest if the lack of … Continue reading

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Album review: EARTH FOR SALE – Reset

EARTH FOR SALE - Reset

Anderstein Music [Release date 25.05.18] I’ve seen it all now!  A female fronted melodic Italian pop/rock band debut, with sci-fi imagery/artwork, and on a Japanese label – complete with obi strip bearing those immortal words ‘Made In Japan’.  Now that’s … Continue reading

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Album review: TURYA – Ocean

TURYA - Ocean

Turya Music [Release date 10.08.18] The debut album from Nicki Wells, aka Turya, is a thing of fragile, delicate beauty. Born and now settled in London, Turya takes her inspiration from Indian classical music, having grown from the age of … Continue reading

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Album review: ANN WILSON – Immortal

ANN WILSON - Immortal

BMG [Release date 14.09.18] One of the most gifted female rock singers of her generation, Immortal sees Heart’s Ann Wilson continue her dalliance with cover versions – a journey she began on her last solo outing Hope & Glory (2007).  … Continue reading

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Album review: JOSH TAERK – Beautiful Tragedy

JOSH TAERK - Beautiful Tragedy

Misty Creek Records [Release date 28.09.18] Josh Taerk returns with a new album his first since 2015′s ‘Here’s To Change’, although four of the songs on here were on last year’s ‘Stages’ EP. Teddy Morgan (Kevin Costner and Modern West, … Continue reading

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Album review: TAYLOR’S UNIVERSE – Almost Perfected

TAYLOR

Marvel Of Beauty Records [Release date 17.11.17] If it’s hard to retain a serious notion of progressive rock in a genre that arguably ran its short lived course in the early 70’s, then Robin C. Taylor takes the instrumental jazz-rock … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SULPHER, NIGHT DEMON, DANIEL TRIGGER

SULPHER No One Will Ever Know SPV/Oblivion [Release date 31.08.18] Suplher formed back in 2000 by vocalist/guitarist Rob Holliday (Marilyn Manson/The Prodigy) and drummer Steve Monti, who has worked with the likes of Gary Numan and the Jesus and the Mary … Continue reading

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Album review: BIG APPLE BLUES – Manhattan Alley

Big Apple Blues - Manhattan Alley

On Sunday 5 August in his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Pete Feenstra chatted to Admir Hadzic from Big Apple Blues, playing tracks from ‘Manhattan Alley’ Stone Tone Records [Release date 19.04.18] Big Apple Blues is a … Continue reading

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Album review: GRAHAM GOULDMAN – Love And Work

GRAHAM GOULDMAN - Love And Work

Graham Gouldman chats to David Randall on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 5 August, 18:00 GMT More information (and interview edit) Wienerworld [Release date 17.08.18] If ‘Love And Work’ had been released back in the seventies or eighties it … Continue reading

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Album review: NITRATE – Real World

MelodicRock Records [Release date 20.07.18] Nitrate is a new band and the brainchild of Nick Hogg (guitars, keyboards) with his main songwriting partner being Midnite City’s Rob Wylde (lead, rhythm & bass guitars, vocals). The band is completed by vocalist Joss Mennen … Continue reading

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Album review: GRAHAM BONNET BAND – Meanwhile, Back In The Garage

GRAHAM BONNET BAND - Meanwhile, Back At The Garage

Frontiers [Release date 13.07.18] One of the pleasing things in rock over the past few years is the rejuvenation of Graham Bonnet.  Welcomed back to the Michael Schenker multi-vocalist fest, and with a handful of tours and festivals under his … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DESTINIA, THE RADIO SUN, RAT SCABIES

DESTINIA Metal Souls Frontiers [Release date 13.07.18] Destinia is the new project featuring Japanese shred merchant Nozomu Wakai, who has released two albums to date under his own name – ‘Requiem For A Scream’ (2014) and ‘Anecdote Of The Queens’ … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – Reissues (Innocence Is No Excuse, Rock The Nations, Destiny)

SAXON – Innocence Is No Excuse

BMG [Release date 10.08.18] BMG complete their run of the CD remasters from Saxon and take in the mid to late 80s. This trio of albums by the NWoBHM legends are often overlooked, and looking back now they are far … Continue reading

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