Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: MASSY FERGUSON – Great Divides

MASSY FERGUSON - Great Divides

North & Left [Release date 17.05.19] Massy Ferguson plough a fairly industrial, ‘heavy duty’, furrow of country rock.  Or as the PR sheet for the Seattle based band’s 5th album aptly describes it, ‘amplified Americana’. Driven by the song writing … Continue reading

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Album review: DORJA – Gemini

DORJA - Gemini

Dakini Records [Release date 21.06.19] Having recently reviewed JoanovArc’s sophomore album here at GRTR! it’s interesting to note that Dorja – another new, all female rock band – shared the stage with them in February. Also based in London, Dorja … Continue reading

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Album review: THE WILDHEARTS – Renaissance Men

THE WILDHEARTS – Renaissance Men

Graphite Records [Release Date 03.05.19] The Wildhearts are back with a new album, their first full release in ten years, and boy is it worth the wait. What we have here are ten joyous slabs of perfect pop rock with more harmonies per chorus than most … Continue reading

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Album review: SAVOY BROWN – City Night

SAVOY BROWN – City Night

Quarto Valley Records [Release date 07.06.19] ‘City Night’ is a milestone release for Kim Simmons. It’s his 40th album release and comes on the back of his relatively recent 50th anniversary and the chart topping ‘Witchy Feelin’ album. In recent … Continue reading

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Album review: LASTWORLD – Time

LASTWORLD - Time

MelodicRock Records [Release date 12.04.19] LastWorld is guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Jim Shepherd and vocalist David Cagle, who joined forces after approaching their label separately as each wanted to create more new music. It is a good pairing, with Jim Shepherd recently releasing … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MERRICK’S TUSK, THE EXPERIMENTAL

MERRICK

MERRICK’S TUSK Between The Earth and The Trees Undead Collective Records [Release date 03.05.19] Although Merrick’s Tusk have been around for the last decade, the band are now releasing their debut album “Between The Earth And The Trees”. With the … Continue reading

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Album review: FAT COPS – s/t

Fat Cops

Absolute [release date: 01.03.19] It’s hard to work out whether this Fat Cops ensemble is a serious project, or whether a bunch of blokes with other, loftier careers have simply got together to have a bit of a blast. Maybe … Continue reading

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Album review: LONELY ROBOT – Under Stars

 LONELY ROBOT – Under Stars

Inside Out [Release date 26.04.19] ‘Under Stars’ sees John Mitchell bring his Lonely Robot project trilogy to a finale. Joining him on this one are drummer Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson, Frost*) and bassist Steve Vantsis (Tilt, Fish). Available on vinyl … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL GILBERT – Behold Electric Guitar

PAUL GILBERT – Behold Electric Guitar

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 17.05.19] ‘Behold The Electric Guitar’ is a delightful, passionate, adventurous and imaginative album. It’s full of technical mastery that is counterbalanced by a sense of humour as evidenced by the song titles. It’s a restless … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMIE FREEMAN – Dreams About Falling

Union Music [Release date 17.05.19] Jamie Freeman (brother of the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning Martin Freeman aka Dr Watson!) returns with his third album, which was produced by Grammy-nominated Neilson Hubbard in Nashville. The songs are themed around the fine … Continue reading

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Album review: CANNONBALLZ – 8Ballz2Many

MelodicRock Records [Release date 10.05.19] Andrew McNeice and his MelodicRock Records label have released some top quality AOR releases in recent years including Don Barnes and the excellent comeback album from Boulevard, now you can add to this Cannonballz. Who … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TREATMENT – Power Crazy

THE TREATMENT – Power Crazy

Frontiers Music [Release date 22.03.19] The Treatment have been the bridesmaid in rock for far too long. They have been the perennial support band with some major tours under their belts but they have never managed to make the breakthrough into the … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – The Vinyl Singles Collection – 2000-2010

STATUS QUO – The Vinyl Singles Collection – 2000-2010

UMC  [Release date 26.04.19] This box set is the last release in a series of 5 charting all the single releases from Quo throughout their long career. As with the previous box sets each single is lovingly recreated in its … Continue reading

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Album review: CORMAC NEESON – White Feather

Cormac Neeson Music [Release date 26.04.19] The solo debut album from the Answer’s vocalist Cormac Neeson has had a bumpy ride as it was one of those caught up in the recent Pledge Music issues, which have scuppered plans for … Continue reading

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Album review – L.A. GUNS – The Devil You Know

Frontiers [Release date 29.03.19] L.A. Guns are on a roll right now having just released their third album in two years. Following hot on the heels of 2017’s “The Missing Peace”, and last year’s live effort, new album “The Devil … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BETA MACHINE – Intruder

T-Boy/UMe [Release date 29.03.19] The Beta Machine hail from Los Angeles, led by A Perfect Circle’s rhythm section of bassist, vocalist and keyboardist Matt McJunkins and drummer Jeff Friedl. They are joined by vocalist Claire Acey and guitarist and keyboardist … Continue reading

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Album review: ELDON BACKHOUSE AND THE ELECTRIC BLUES BAND – CATSLIDE ROOF

Now, here’s an extraordinary tale, a yarn as unlikely as a condom in a convent and yet a second coming of sorts that will warm your soul. A few years after the end of the Second World War, a certain … Continue reading

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Album review: MATT PEARCE AND THE MUTINY – Gotta Get Home

MATT PEARCE AND THE MUTINY – Gotta Get Home

Pete Feenstra chatted to Matt Pearce for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in September 2018.  This hour special features tracks from ‘Gotta Get Home’ Mutinear Records [Release date 03.05.19] Voodoo Six axeman, Matt Pearce releases his first solo project with … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BLUES AGAINST YOUTH – Evil Flatmates

Annibale Records Gianni TBAY (The Blues Against Youth) comes from Rome, still has all his teeth, limbs and senses and has probably never been stabbed in a bar fight but this guy is the real-deal, one-man garage blues band. There … Continue reading

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Album review: BATTLE BEAST – No More Hollywood Endings

Nuclear Blast [Release date 22.03.19] Battle Beast are back with their second album since founding member, guitarist and chief songwriter Anton Kabanen left in 2016 to form Beast In Black (who released their latest album earlier this year on the … Continue reading

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