Category Archives: Quick Plays

Quick plays: BEN DE LA COUR, SAM LEWIS

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange Flour Sack Cape Records [Release date 06.04.18] Having trodden a path from NYC to Europe, and then back to LA, to New Orleans and now (yes, somewhat predictably it would … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE WILLOWS, ME AND MY FRIENDS, JEROME MAZZA

THE WILLOWS Through the Wild [Release date 30.11.18] ‘Through the Wild’ is the third album from the Cambridge folk band the Willows, who have picked up praise from the likes of Bob Harris and Mike Harding. Listening to this album … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THEM, SODOM, BROTHERS OF METAL

THEM Manor of the Se7en Gables SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 26.10.18] US/German thrash/power metal band return with their second album, a horror story featuring witchcraft, murder and they use a series of spoken word parts to keep the story moving along. … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ARION, JEAN BEAUVOIR

ARION - Life Is Beautiful

ARION Life Is Beautiful AFM Records [Release date 19.10.18] Second album by symphonic metal band Arion (their first for AFM Records) and it is typical fare for this sort of music. That’s not to say it is bad, in fact Arion are more keyboards led than … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TAMI, ATLAS, LUNA KISS

TAMI Velvet & Steel Man In The Moon [Release date 12.10.18] Tami (Tami Jones Andrews) is an American singer who debuted on the Nashville back in the 1990′s, however major life changing events came along, which Tami channels into her singing on this her … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SNAKES IN PARADISE, BILLY IDOL, THE JOY FORMIDABLE

SNAKES IN PARADISE Step Into The Light

SNAKES IN PARADISE Step Into The Light Frontiers [Release date 14.09.18] Sweden’s Snakes in Paradise have released latest album “Step Into The Light”, a melodic affair that will no doubt please fans of hook and melody. The band themselves have … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DREAM CHILD, THE UNITY, PLASTIC TEARS

DREAM CHILD Until Death Do We Meet Again

DREAM CHILD Until Death Do We Meet Again Frontiers [Release date 14.09.18] Dream Child is formed around former Dio guitarist Craig Goldy, who is joined by fellow Dio member drummer Simon Wright, former Ozzy/Whitesnake bassist Rudy Sarzo, Wayne Findlay (ex-MSG) … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JIM SHEPARD, PHILLIP HENRY, SIR REG

JIM SHEPARD Jaded

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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