Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: GLENN SHORROCK – Glenn Shorrock Sings The Little River Band

GLENN SHORROCK – Glenn Shorrock Sings the Little River Band

Social Family Records [Release date 08.03.19] Although Little River Band (LRB) still exists, there are no original members in the band and the owner of the business name refuses to allow the founding members to perform with any sign of … Continue reading

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Album review: FLOTSAM AND JETSAM – The End Of Chaos

AFM Records [Release date 19.1.19] My infatuation with Flotsam And Jetsam and their unique brand of Metal began sometime in the late fall of 1988 – that is when, while watching a late-night episode of the now legendary, Baily Brothers … Continue reading

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Album review: KANE ROBERTS – The New Normal

KANE ROBERTS - The New Normal

Frontiers [Release date 25.01.19] Guitarist Kane Roberts – who first came to light as part of Alice Cooper’s band in the mid-80s – returns with a new solo album and one that is certainly a mixed musical bag. The album … Continue reading

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Album review: THRASHIST REGIME – Carnival Of Monsters

Fat Hippy [Release date 28.4.18] You return home from work tired, you had people yelling at you all day, your kids are crying because you didn’t bring them the new Lego with the millennium falcon expansion, the wife is giving … Continue reading

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Album review: BEAST IN BLACK – From Hell With Love

Nuclear Blast [Release date 08.02.19] Beast In Black hail from Finland and were formed in 2015 when guitarist and songwriter Anton Kabanen left his previous band Battle Beast. They released their debut album ‘Berserker’ in 2017 and now they are … Continue reading

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Album review: PINN DROPP – Perfectly Flawed

PINN DROPP - PERFECTLY FLAWED

Music & More Records  [Release date: 18.01.2019] When I saw Pinn Dropp were another progressive band from Poland – home to some of the finest progressive music released in the last ten years – I was hoping Riverside, Believe, Satellite. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE THREE TREMORS – s/t

Steel Cartel [release date: 18.01.19] If your mojo is shaken and stirred by high octane falsetto metal shrieking, then this album will put it through a nutribullet. The Three Tremors is a fearsome triumvirate of lung-busting vocal power, headed by … Continue reading

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Album review: RHAPSODY OF FIRE – The Eighth Mountain

RHAPSODY OF FIRE - The Eighth Mountain

AFM Records [Release date 22.02.19] Italian power metal band return with their latest album, cementing the new/current line-up. Formed in the mid 90 as Rhapsody, RoF made the genre of symphonic power metal their own. Founder members keyboard player Alex … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MIKAEL ERLANDSSON, SLUG COMPARISON

MIKAEL ERLANDSSON Capricorn Six

MIKAEL ERLANDSSON Capricorn Six AOR Heaven [Release date 22.02.19] This is the sixth solo album from vocalist/keyboards player Mikael Erlandsson, who may be more familiar to fans of melodic rock as the frontman of Last Autumn’s Dream, who have released … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN DIVA & THE ROCKETS OF LOVE – Mama Said Rock Is Dead

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 08.02.19] Bouncy anthemic keyboards, smooth melodic riffs and catchy sing-along choruses John Diva & The Rockets of Love celebrate and take their cues from that mid-80s era of rock when the likes of Van Halen, Whitesnake (the … Continue reading

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Album review: CULTURAL WARFARE – Warmageddon

M-Theory Audio [Release date 14.9.18] Stop the press. There is a new player in Metal City that deserves your immediate and utmost attention. Hailing from Oakland US, this four-piece outfit takes a shot at making a Thrash Metal record and … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE HACKETT – At The Edge Of Light

STEVE HACKETT - At The Edge Of Light

Inside Out  [Release Date: 25.01.19] I mentioned in my 2015 GRTR! review of Steve Hackett’s ‘Wolflight’ album how his star has been in the ascendency as a result of his wonderful live shows showcasing the Genesis back catalogue. Such has … Continue reading

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Album review: CRANSTON – II

CRANSTON – II

Rock Company [Release date 20.11.18] Cranston is vocalist Phil Vincent (the man who never seems to be out of a recording studio!), melodic rock legend Paul Sabu and B.F. D’Ercole (whose own self-titled band Phil Vincent sings for – told … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS ARTISTS – Yesterday And Today (A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Yes)

Yesterday And Today (A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Yes)

RecPlay [Release date: 02.11.18] I once read of a Genesis tribute band that released an album in tribute to  another Genesis tribute band. The only step up is to tribute yourself and in essence that’s what this is all about. … Continue reading

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Album review: TRISTAN MACKAY – Invisible Light

TRISTAN MACKAY – Invisible Light

Website [Release date 14.02.19] Following the incredibly good ‘Out Along the Wire’, with its breezy Eric Clapton unplugged vibe which was a showcase for Tristan Mackay’s electric guitar playing and the second album ‘Wire and Wood’, which was a darker … Continue reading

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Album review: JESS KLEIN – Back To My Green

JESS KLEIN - Back To My Green

Blue Rose Records [Release date 22.02.19] With 11 albums over two decades to her name, native New York singer songwriter Jess Klein will have no better opportunity to broaden her appeal than with the seemingly insatiable current demand for Americana. … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC GALES – The Bookends

ERIC GALES – The Bookends

Provogue  [Release date 08.02.19] Back in his psychedelic rock days, I always used to think that it was Eric Gales’s second solo that defined both the song itself and the guitarist’s signature style. Just like a boxer he bobbed, weaved … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN SLOMAN – El Dorado

Facebook Slogger Records [Release date 04.02.19] John Sloman is known to rock fans of a certain age for his singing in Lone Star and the ‘Conquest’ album by Uriah Heep. He has released a series of solo albums starting with … Continue reading

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Quick plays: VIANA, FERNANDO PERDOMO, JET RED

VIANA Forever Free Escape Music [Release date 25.01.19] Stefano Viana is an Italian guitarist, songwriter and producer who released his self-titled debut album in 2017. For album number two he has signed with Escape Music and enlisted vocalist Bryan Cole … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE SPONZA – Made In The Sixties

MIKE SPONZA – Made In The Sixties

In January 2019 Pete Feenstra chatted to Mike Sponza and played tracks from the album ‘Made In The Sixties’  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 20 January 2019 Epops Music [Release date 22.06.18] “Made In The Sixties” is … Continue reading

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