Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: COLD – The Things We Can’t Stop

COLD - The Things We Can

Napalm Records [Release date 13.09.19] Cold return after an extended break – eight years to be precise – with main man Scooter Ward admitting to suffering writers block, which he overcame after discovering Nick Cave’s ‘One More Time With Feeling’ … Continue reading

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Album review: LUKE JACKSON – Journals

LUKE JACKSON - Journals

First Take [Release date 08.11.19] Luke Jackson returns with his fifth album where he is joined by Andy Sharps on bass and Elliott Norris on drums, with both adding harmony vocals. Luke Jackson tackles a number of subjects on the … Continue reading

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Album review: KING CALAWAY – Rivers

KING CALAWAY - Rivers

BMG [Release date 04.10.19] King Calaway formed last year, released an EP earlier this year and now are set to unleash their debut album ‘Rivers’. I will admit this is not your standard GRTR! fare, however good songs are just … Continue reading

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Album review: CRASHDIET – Rust

CRASHDIET - Rust

Frontiers [Release date 13.09.19] “Rust” is a welcome return for Sweden’s Crashdiet, their first album since 2013’s “The Savage Playground” and the first to feature new(ish) vocalist Gabriel Keyes. The album is top quality melodic yet sleazy rock, with heavier … Continue reading

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Album review: SLASH, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS – Living The Dream Tour

SLASH, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPRIATORS - Living The Dream Tour

Eagle Vision [Release date 27.09.19] Recorded live at London’s Hammersmith Odeon (yes, technically it’s not called that anymore but I’m still stuck firmly in the past) earlier this year, this newly released double CD and DVD package serves to show … Continue reading

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Album review: LEE ABRAHAM – Comatose

LEE ABRAHAM - Comatose

F2 Music [Release date 27.09.19] I really enjoyed Lee Abraham’s 2017 album ‘Colours’, a veritable AOR meets prog delight and now Lee Abraham is back with a new solo outing, this time a concept piece. ‘Comatose’ tells the story of … Continue reading

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Album review: TURBOKILL – Vice World

TURBOKILL - Vice World

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 25.10.19] What we have here is a contender for the next generation of classic rock. In 2019 we get album based on the kind of classic trad metal that, at the heavier end, influenced and then rode … Continue reading

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Album review: EDENBRIDGE – Dynamind

EDENBRIDGE - Dynamind

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 25.10.19] Classic melodic symphonic metal from Austria, Edenbridge have up there with the best of them since their formation in 1998. Still going strong, this is their 10th studio album. Formed by vocalist Sabine Edeisbcher and guitarist, … Continue reading

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Album review: NAZARETH – Coloured vinyl re-issues (October 2019)

NAZARETH - Coloured vinyl re-issues October 2019

‘Snaz (2LP, orange / green vinyl, gatefold, innersleeves), 2XS (turquoise vinyl LP), Sound Elixir (orange vinyl LP, inner sleeve), Cinema (white vinyl LP, inner sleeve), No Jive (clear vinyl LP + insert), Move Me (red vinyl LP) BMG [Release date … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUES CARAVAN 2019 (Katarina Pejak, Ina Forsman, Ally Venable)

BLUES CARAVAN 2019 (Katarina Pejak, Ina Forsman, Ally Venable)

Ruf Records [Release date 11.10.19] It’s a great idea to release a live album from an extensive tour that can be sold on some of the dates, as it was in the UK in September.  This CD/DVD captures the latest … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE STERN – JEFF LORBER FUSION – Eleven

MIKE STERN - JEFF LORBER FUSION - Eleven

Concord [Release date 27.09.19] Back in the 1990s there was a trend – epitomised by the chameleon-like Jazz FM radio station in the UK – for smooth jazz, a more accessible form of fusion that developed out of US FM … Continue reading

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Album review: DOWN ‘N’ OUTZ – This Is How We Roll

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UMC [Release date 11.10.19] Third album from Down ‘N’ Outz who feature Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, The Quireboys’ Paul Guerin (guitar), Guy Griffin (guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), plus the rhythm section of Vixen bassist Share Ross and Wayward Sons … Continue reading

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Album review: FIGHT – War Of Words/A Small Deadly Space

FIGHT - War Of Words

BGO Records [Release date 27.09.19] BGO Records re-issue Fight’s two albums on one CD with sleeve notes by Neil Daniels. Fight featured Rob Halford, fresh from leaving Judas Priest in 1992, and he was joined by Priest drummer Scott Travis, … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ATOM WORKS, YES

YES Live At Glastonbury 2003

YES Live At Glastonbury 2003 The Store For Music [Release date 04.10.19] There is not even an inlay for this double album lifted from the soundtrack to the “Director’s Cut” DVD released in 2008.  Roger Dean’s iconic logo is the … Continue reading

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Album review: HAWKESTREL – The Future Is Us

HAWKESTREL - The Future Is Us

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra Records [Release date 13.09.19] It gets quite confusing now with so many Hawkwind-related permutations: Hawklords, Hawkwind Light Orchestra and so forth, and the various solo endeavours. Alan Davey – bass player originally  in the mid-eighties to mid-nineties  – … Continue reading

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Album review: DRAGONFORCE – Extreme Power Metal

earMUSIC [Release date 27.09.19] Dragonforce are back with album number eight and it does what it says on the tin. ‘Extreme Power Metal’ has been the band’s weapon of choice since their inception and they still continue to use twenty notes where … Continue reading

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Album review: KXM – Circle Of Dolls (featuring George Lynch, dUg Pinnick, Ray Luzier)

KXM - Circle Of Dolls

Frontiers [Release date 13.09.19] Of all the projects George Lynch has been associated with in the past five or six years, KXM seems to be a keeper.  We noted their debut, in 2014, “will appeal to his fans (and to … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST – Revelation

Nuclear Blast [Release date 20.09.19] Mr Schenker and his motley crew are back for their second album following on from the ‘Resurrection’ album released in 2018. The premise is the same with all former MSG vocalists joining the guitar maestro for a romp … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK STAR RIDERS – Another State Of Grace

Nuclear Blast [release date 06.09.19] Black Star Riders are back with album number 4 and it is the first to feature both drummer Chad Szeliga and newest recruit Christian Martucci on guitar. Martucci took over from the departed Damon Johnson who has been an integral part of the … Continue reading

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Album review: ESP PROJECT – The Rising

ESP PROJECT - The Rising

Sunn Creative [Release date 13.10.19] It is all change again in the ESP ranks as drummer Mark Brzezicki and vocalist Peter Coyle depart and in comes vocalist/lyricist Damien Child, with bassist Pete Clark and drummer Greg Pringle (Pete Townsend, Bernie … Continue reading

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