Category Archives: Quick Plays

Quick plays: JIM SHEPARD, PHILLIP HENRY, SIR REG

JIM SHEPARD Jaded MelodicRock Records [Release date 10.08.18] This is the third solo album by US musician Jim Shepard who has been on the music scene for some years including a band called Taxi, who had some success in their local … Continue reading

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Quick plays: RUSTON KELLY, MARC RIBOT, KITTY MACFARLANE

RUSTON KELLY Dying Star

RUSTON KELLY Dying Star Rounder Records [Release date 07.09.18] This is the debut album by Nashville based Ruston Kelly who has Jarrad K as collaborator and producer, with a number of guests including his wife Kacey Musgraves. Kelly said he wanted “to … Continue reading

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Quick plays: D’ERCOLE, THE ROCKET DOLLS, GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV

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D’ERCOLE Made To Burn Rock Company [Release date 18.07.18] Album number five from D’Ercole which consists of Phil Vincent – a man never shy of being in a recording studio! – guitarist Damian D’Ercole and drummer BF D’Ercole. Other guest … Continue reading

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Quick plays: STRATOVARIUS, NINE DART FINISH

STRATOVARIUS Enigma: Intermission 2 earMUSIC [Release date 28.09.18] In between studio albums Stratovarius give their fans a second ‘Intermission’ album and like the previous ‘Intermission’ released some 17 years ago, ‘Engima’ features three new songs, four orchestral re-workings of older … Continue reading

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Quick plays: S.K.o.R., DUSTER BENNETT, SAGA

S.K.o.R. Tellus GMR Music Fronted by singer Emil Gammeltoft (who I’ve known since running the Nazareth fanclub in the 90′s), a vocalist who has recorded with Nerved and original Nazareth guitarist Manny Charlton, SKoR are a Swedish band who mix … 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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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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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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Quick plays: MOB RULES, MIKE VASS

MOB RULES Beast Reborn SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 24.08.18] Mob Rules have been around for awhile now and although never reaching the heights of popularity of some fellow power metal bands, they have built a large and loyal following. Their latest album … Continue reading

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Quick plays: AMANDA SOMERVILLE’S TRILLIUM, FLIGHT OF ICARUS

AMANDA SOMERVILLE

AMANDA SOMERVILLE’S TRILLIUM Tectonic Frontiers [Release date 08.06.18] The sophomore release by American-born, Dutch-based singer/songwriter Amanda Somerville’s symphonic metal project Trillium, is packed with melodies, riffs, solos and soaring vocals. The project’s well-received debut Alloy (2011) lead to support slots … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE RED GOES BLACK, FISCHER’S FLICKER

THE RED GOES BLACK Fire

THE RED GOES BLACK Fire Hold On Music [Release date 27.04.18] The fact this is proclaimed as a ‘nouvel’ album, and that the accompanying Press Release is in French, is a pretty good indication that The Red Goes Black are … Continue reading

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Quick plays: FLAV MARTIN & JERRY MAROTTA, CHRIS THOMAS

FLAV MARTIN & JERRY MAROTTA Soul Redemption

FLAV MARTIN & JERRY MAROTTA Soul Redemption [Release date 01.03.18] This debut album from two of rock’s unheralded ‘side men’ blends modern adult rock and traditional world music. Over his career, Flav Martin has performed with David Crosby, Al Stewart, … Continue reading

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Quick plays: CHINAWHITE, CALM FOR THE RESTLESS, DAMIEN O’KANE & RON BLOCK

CHINAWHITE Different

CHINAWHITE Different Rockcompany [Release date 14.06.18] Chinawhite have been around for a while and feature in their ranks Peter Cox of Forest Field, Phil Vincent on vocals and Praying Mantis drummer Hans in’t Zandt. Overall it is a mix of prog … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MARITA, LUCIFER, LIGHT AMONG SHADOWS

MARITA Bloodlust

MARITA Bloodlust Skullcrock[Release date 09.04.18] With her debut album – Rough Stuff (2015) reflecting a Norwegian ‘metal Madonna’ persona and yielding songs like ‘I Don’t Give  A Fuck About You’, ‘Cuff Me’, and ‘Hot Rockin’, Marita Sundit Solheim has gone … Continue reading

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Album review: MARILLION – Smoke/Mirrors (reissues)

MARILLION - Smoke/Mirrors (reissues)

earMUSIC [Release date 25.05.18] You need deep pockets in 2018 to keep up with the almost constant Marillion ‘product’ output.  As well as the single CD Steven Wilson-Brave stereo remix, this month sees the release of Part 3 of the … Continue reading

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Quick plays – LUCERO, ORIONS BELTE, FRED MIKA, JOHN BUTLER

LUCERO Among the Ghosts

LUCERO Among the Ghosts Thirty Tigers [Release date 03.08.18] Alt rock/country outfit Lucero have been going for twenty years and Among The Ghosts is their ninth studio album, co-produced by Matt Ross-Spang, who has produced the Drive-By Truckers amongst others. … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SAGA, CUDDLY SHARK, THADEUS GONZALEZ

SAGA Live In Hamburg earMUSIC [Release date 01.06.18] ‘Live In Hamburg’ was recorded back in 2015 in one of Saga’s main national fan bases Germany. It was originally released as limited-edition, however now it gets a full release. Some of … Continue reading

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Quick plays: PAUL RODGERS, ATOMIC ROOSTER

PAUL RODGERS - Free Spirit

PAUL RODGERS – Free Spirit Quarto Valley Records [Release date 29.06.18] This account of Paul Rodgers revisiting his Free-form past was recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall in May 2017 . It was the culmination of his UK tour where … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MISHAPED PEARLS, LORDS OF BLACK

MISHAPED PEARLS Shivelight [Release date 25.05.18] Mishaped Pearls latest album’s title Shivelight comes from a word created by the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. The word describes the lances of sunshine that pierce through a woodland canopy. An apt description as Mishaped Pearls have … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SHARKS, GIG, SANDERS & SAVAGE

SHARKS Ready Steady Go

SHARKS Ready Steady Go 3MS Music [Release date 29.06.18] Sharks can trace their origins back to 1972 when they were formed by former Free bass player Andy Fraser, guitarist Chris Spedding and vocalist Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons, both of who are in this … Continue reading

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